How to Filter Emails in Gmail

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  • Open Gmail.com from a browser on your PC or Mac. If you have not yet signed in, sign in with your Gmail user name and password.
  • On the right side of the search box, click the search drop-down.

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How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Size
  • When the advanced search filter opens, enter your filter criteria and click Create filter – this button will not become active until you have entered at least 1 search criteria.

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How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Size
  • In this example, I want to create a filter to find all emails with a size of 1MB and above. To achieve this, I will use the Size filter.
  • The greater than option is selected by default. Next to greater than, enter the size in MB. Finally, on the bottom right of the advanced search filter, click Create filter.

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How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Size
  • Then, on the filter rule options screen, select the filter action(s). In this example, I want to add a specific label to any email that is larger than 1MB. To do this, I will check the Apply the label checkbox. Then, click the Choose label drop-down.

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How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Size
  • If the label exists, select it from the list. Otherwise, on the Choose label options, select New label. Then, on the New label pop-up, click Create. You will be returned to the Create filter screen.

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You can apply more filters. The common filters are Mark as readStart it and Forward it.
  • Finally, to filter emails in Gmail by size, on the bottom right of the screen, click Create filter.

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  • The filter will be created and in this example, the Label will also be created. To display the emails in the label, click the label on the left pane. From the point of creating the filter, the rule will apply to any email sent to you that meets the size filter criteria.

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How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Sender and Date

How to Filter Emails in Gmail by Date

You can also filter Gmail messages by date. Here are the steps…

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  • On the search box, enter an advanced search filter like the one below and press enter.
from:(User's Name or email) after:YYYY/M/DD before:YYYY/M/DD
Replace “User’s Name or email” with the name of the person you want the search to return. The “after” criteria specify to return emails sent after a specified date. However, the “before” criteria specify to return emails sent before a specified date. Combining both “after” and “before” provides a date range. You can use one of them as well.
  • For example, to create a filter that returns emails from “Victor Ashiedu” sent after January 31, 2020 but before March 31, 2020, I will use this search criteria and press enter.

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from:(Victor Ashiedu) after:2020/1/31 before:2020/3/31
You can modify these search criteria to meet your needss. For more Gmail search operators, visit Search operators that you can use with Gmail.
  • Once you enter your search criteria and press enter, Gmail will display emails that meet the specified search criteria.

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Filter searches containing “label:”, “in:”, “is:”, date range or stars criteria are only recommended to filter existing emails. They are NOT suitable for creating filters for new emails as these filters will never match incoming emails.
You can also use the steps covered in sections 1 and 2 above to filter emails in Gmail by attachment. Moreover, you can use the same principles already covered to filter by combining different search filters. To read more about all Gmail search filtering operators click this link – Search operators that you can use with Gmail (link opens in a new browser tab).

You can use the methods covered in this Itechguide to filter emails in Gmail! I hope you found this Itechguide helpful.

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