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I have my Gmail contacts sorted into groups. In my mail I also have labels associated with filters-for specific people I have a filter associated with a label.

For the filter creation, how do I associate a filter with a group in the 'contacts'. In other words, 'family' which is a group label in my contacts; rather than the list of email addresses?

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I don't think Google supports this feature, but I found a workaround from 2008 that might still work:

  1. Create the group in My Contacts
  2. Compose an email to said group
  3. Copy the "To:" field
  4. Paste into the "Convert" textbox here
  5. Copy the the "Convert" output into a new filter

Try it and let us know if it does what you're looking for.

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It's quite incredible it seems there is still no support for that... – SRKX Jan 11 '13 at 13:38

Google has a different philosophy to viewing emails than other providers. This allows users more flexibility but also frustration if you are not used to it.

Google's official stance appears to be shifting from using contact groups to using Google+ Circles. While you can't create an email filter for a circle, you can see circles displayed on individual messages (unlike with contact groups). In addition you can also see all emails from, for example, a "family" circle. Whatever you want to do by filter with a contact group, can probably be done with Google+ Circles.

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