How To Filter Gmail

Anyone who uses Gmail on a regular basis knows how quickly the inbox can become cluttered with unwanted emails. But did you know that Gmail gives you the ability to filter your emails so you can better manage your inbox? In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of setting up filters in Gmail.

What is a Gmail Filter?

A Gmail filter is a rule you set up in your Gmail account to automatically sort incoming emails. These filters can categorize, label, archive, or delete emails based on keywords, the sender’s address, the recipient’s address, or other criteria.

Steps to Create a Gmail Filter

Step 1: Open Gmail Settings

Log in to your Gmail account and click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your inbox. In the dropdown menu, click on See all settings.

Step 2: Go to Filters and Blocked Addresses

In the settings menu, click on the tab that says Filters and Blocked Addresses.

Step 3: Create a New Filter

Click on the link that says Create a new filter. A form will appear for you to specify the criteria for your filter.

Step 4: Specify Your Filter Criteria

You can filter emails based on who the email is from, who it’s to, the subject, the words it contains, or whether it has an attachment. Fill in the criteria for your filter and then click Create filter.

Step 5: Choose What Happens to the Filtered Emails

Once you’ve created your filter, you can decide what to do with the emails that match your criteria. You can choose to:

  • Skip the Inbox (Archive it)
  • Mark it as read
  • Star it
  • Apply a label
  • Forward it
  • Delete it

Using Gmail Search Operators

For advanced filtering, you can use Gmail’s search operators. For example, use the operator “has:attachment” to filter all emails with attachments. Here’s an example:

    From: [email protected] Has:attachment

This will create a filter for all emails from “[email protected]” that contain an attachment.


With Gmail filters, managing your email becomes much easier. Spend less time sorting through unimportant emails and more time focusing on the ones that matter. Happy filtering!