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With the addition of circles to Gmail, I'd like to be able filter emails from members of various circles, ostensibly to apply a label to those emails. I know I can open a circle and see all the emails involving those contacts, but it's still multiple clicks from there to label those emails. I would much rather have Gmail do it automatically for me. How can I do this? Is it even possible yet?

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You weren't able to filter based on a Contact group before, and it doesn't look like they've added it now that Circles are more-or-less groups. So, as of right now, the answer is: it's not possible. –  Al E. Dec 9 '11 at 18:48
The circle is the label. In the sidebar, click the down-arrow next to the circle name and select In message list: Show. –  William Jackson Dec 9 '11 at 18:48
Until it gets a little deeper integration, I'm won't be satisfied. Besides, there's more reasons than labeling to have filtering on circles (and contact groups for that matter). –  MBraedley Dec 9 '11 at 21:36

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Currently this is not possible, but I am pretty sure it will be. The fact that Circles are even in your Gmail and Google Search Results (Search Plus Your World) represents Google aim to merge all into one single product. I would like to imagine what we are experiencing now is some sort of hybrid beta feature.

Based on the current setup


I would like to assume that hopefully in the future that we should be seeing something like

circle:circlename available in search and the filters

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According to Google Help circle:circlename is now available as a search operator and can be used in filters.

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For me, if I click on a circle in the sidebar, it will show, e.g., circle:friends in the search box and return the correct conversations; BUT if I type circle:friends in the searchbox, or any other circle, it returns 0 results! Bug! –  Ze'ev Jun 8 '13 at 0:54
I found what @Ze'ev said to still be true, but if I clicked on the circle to reach the correct view, then I could use the dropdown to create a filter with that, no problem. –  MalcolmOcean Nov 25 '14 at 23:23

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