How To: Filter Emails in Gmail by Groups
Filtering has become one of the core elements of any research online. This includes Email.
I gather all my mail in my Gmail account, so strong filters are quite essential to do effective work. It allows you to consider the level of importance a message might have.
Gmail and Google Labs, unfortunately do not (yet) offer an integrated feature that allows to filter Emails by groups (for example co-workers, friends, business contacts). However, there’s a work around…
Here’s a work around for that problem, I found in the Gmail forum:
- Create the group you want to filter in the “My Contacts” section, e.g. “Lawyers”
- Compose an Email to “Lawyers” entering the group name. Gmail will convert this into Email addresses.
- Copy the “To:” field
- Paste it into the “convert” textbox on this page: http://
gmail.html (Alternatively separate contacts by “OR”.
- Copy the output and create a new filter. Paste the content into the “From:” field of the filter.
There you go. And don’t forget to suggest to Gmail to make this available as a feature if you would like to have a more easy solution!