Tutorial Thursday

GMail does an exceptional job of blocking spam in my opinion. Hardly ever do they let one slip through the cracks and make it to my Inbox but it does occasionally happen. I have one non-GMail address that forwards all of the mail straight to my GMail account but Google does not scan those for spam, or at least it doesn’t seem like it. The messages typically come from the same few people but I don’t want to have an obsessively long filter list because I like to keep things tidy. After doing a little research on GMail filter operators I found out how I could combine multiple filters into one “junk” filter. If you are already familiar with GMail filters then the following image should be enough for you otherwise just walk through the steps below:

Multiple Email Addresses In GMail Filters

  1. Select the Create A Filter option located near the search box at the top of the screen.
  2. In the From: text box enter in the email addresses that you want to block. They have to be in this format: ( OR OR You can add as many email addresses that you want to the list but you have to make sure that all of the emails are contained in parenthesis and are separated by OR.
  3. Press the Next Step button.
  4. Select what you want to do with these emails. I send them directly to the trash by using the “Delete It” option.
  5. Before you continue onto the next step you may want to decide whether to apply this to all of the existing email that you already have. This can be done by selecting the option that says “Also apply filter to XX conversations below.”
  6. Press the Create Filter button.

You have now created your filter to block multiple email addresses. It is a piece of cake to go and add more to the list as you come across them which makes this solution so great. Let us know if there are any filters that you use so that other people can benefit from them.