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This tip is for Gmail, and the topic is;
Labels and Filters
Bear with me on this one, it's a bit longer. Great info, lots to cover.
I was hesitant to make this one so long, but this information will make your life much easier when you implement it.
Google's Gmail applies the label Inbox to ALL incoming emails by default (The Inbox isn't technically a folder, even though it looks like one). Setting up Filters allows you to modify that in certain situations.
And for those of you who check your email via your phones, Filters can help minimize the number of alerts you receive. (Filter unnecessary email out of the Inbox, then set your phone app to only notify for the Inbox.)
I'm going to generalize here and say that you receive two types of email. Something that you need to read, and something that you might want to read, eventually, maybe. In the first category, you want to know when an email arrives. The second, not so much. (There's a third type, but you really should just unsubscribe from any email that you have no intention of ever reading...)
So, let's create a filter for the first type. Go to the gear icon on the right, click on Settings, then click on Filters and Blocked Addresses. This will help you configure what ends up in your Inbox as an unread, important email.
Then click on Create a new filter.
Let's make a filter to add a label to any email we receive from Dr. Meek. Type his email address in the From field, and click on Create filter, in the lower right corner.
On the second page, I recommend the following settings for filtering a personal email: Star it, Apply the label: Admin (You would need to create a new label the first time), Never Send it to Spam, and Always mark it as important.
I also select Also apply filter to xxx matching conversations at the bottom of the window IF I want to apply the label to all previous email that matches.
Please note that I did NOT select Skip the Inbox in this situation. I applied the label Admin, but any incoming new email will still show up in the Inbox.
Click "Create filter" to finish the process.
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Now, let's create a filter that bypasses the Inbox altogether. This would be good for a newsletter.
I will start this example with the other way you can do this; by selecting the vertical ellipse (more options menu, kebob menu) next to the Reply arrow on an email you wish to filter, and then selecting Filter messages like this.
This will automatically fill in the first field with the email address you want to filter. Click on Create filter to continue.
Then set the following: Skip the Inbox, Apply the label: Newsletters (You would need to create a new label the first time), Never send it to Spam. Finish with Also apply filter to xx matching conversations, if desired.
Any email from this address will now go directly to Newsletters, and not the Inbox. (Note that in all of this, I never check Mark as read. This way, all of these messages still appear as Unread, regardless of where they end up.)
Google's support page related to Rules and Filters is located here: