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I have set up a Gmail filter that marks all incoming mail from a certain mailing list with a star. Right now, the filter automatically applies the standard yellow star. How can I set it to use the blue star instead?

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It doesn't look possible. The Filter tool only gives an option to add a star, not which star to use. – Al E. Oct 6 '11 at 15:16
Heh, if it had been as easy as using a dropdown in the filter setup menu, I wouldn't have had to ask. I was hoping there was an advanced setting somewhere that I had missed, but I'm not holding out much hope. – Pops Oct 6 '11 at 15:22
Yeah, me too. Maybe when the extra stars graduate out of the Labs. – Al E. Oct 6 '11 at 16:05
If only! The extra stars (AKA "Superstars") graduated back in May‌​. At least looking up that blog post reminded me to check out nested labels, so I got something out of this question. – Pops Oct 6 '11 at 16:12
Ugh. You're right. I'm behind the times. – Al E. Oct 6 '11 at 16:14
up vote 15 down vote accepted

Sorry, we do not currently have functionality that allows you to use different kinds of stars with filters.

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Accepted because the OP is the Community Manager for Gmail. – Pops Oct 10 '11 at 19:25
Is this ever going to happen? Presumably if people use more than one type of star in the first place, they may want more than one type of star applied to messages via filter... – Doktor J Nov 13 '13 at 15:14

I was googling for the syntax and saw this question wrongly answered.

All of the superstars are supported and have been for quite a while:

  • has:yellow-star - Messages with a yellow star.
  • has:red-bang - Messages with a red exclamation mark.
  • has:yellow-bang - Messages with a yellow exclamation mark.
  • has:purple-question - Messages with a purple question mark.
  • has:orange-guillemet - Messages with two orange forward arrows.
  • has:blue-info - Messages with a blue i.
  • has:red-star - Messages with a red star.
  • has:orange-star - Messages with an orange star.
  • has:green-star - Messages with a green star.
  • has:blue-star - Messages with a blue star.
  • has:purple-star - Messages with a purple star.

For what it's worth, I tried a complex search using the blue-info and it did not work properly, but when I switched to a red-bang it did work. I don't know how well it works... I wanted to perform a search for items from a certain sender that were not starred, and it definitely didn't work for the blue-info!

But... for basic and compound searches this should work extremely well!

If you should happen to find that any of the syntax I copied is wrong, please let me know so I can update it.

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I actually briefly accepted this answer before I realized you answered the wrong question. You're right that you can use this syntax to search for questions, but you can't use it for setting up filters. The filter menu -- which has changed since I originally asked this question -- still only gives a single "Star it" checkbox, not a dropdown menu or anything like that. – Pops Sep 28 '12 at 4:10

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