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Friday
Dec072018

Filtering unsolicited email

I intensely dislike finding unsolicited email in my sparkling clean Gmail inbox. I am suspicious of "unsubscribe" links, worried they simply let marketers know they have a live fish on the hook.

So everyday at least two or three times, I play whack a marketer using the Gmail filtering option. It's pretty easy.

Open an unsolicited email. For example:

Next click on the three dots next to Reply link, bringing up the option of choosing Filter messages like this.

Now build the filter. The key here is to filter by @domainname not by the individual sender. That way the filter will work for everyone in the company that tries to send you email. Cool, huh? (Don't do this if the domain is gmail.com, yahoomail.com, or other mailing services.)

Click on Create filter.

Chose the check box by Delete it and Also apply filter to matching conversation. You can edit filters in your Gmail settings at a later date if needed.

That's it. Never see email from this company in your email box again!

I can't be sure that this has reduced the amount of garbage I get, but it is satisfying at some level.

Have a nice weekend.

 

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