I currently have some basic filters in Gmail, but the other day I heard someone mention you could use a plus sign in your address to filter incoming email?
Can someone elaborate?
This is your regular email address:
This is your email with plus addressing:
When you create a filter, just filter for messages sent To the one with the particular word after the plus (+) sign.
So your filter will look like this:
Now you can just hand out that email address with the plus and seed word and any incoming mail sent to that will be filtered however you want to deal with it.
The other methods suggested may not catch all email sent to that address; that is, sometimes your email will not be in the
Making the Address
First, to take advantage of the plus sign you mention, append the desired text to the first part of your email address. If your email is
If you want to get even trickier, you can use periods within the address at any position except the first letter before the
Setting up the Filter
Now, to filter incoming mail you'll use the "Filters" feature of Gmail. To create a new filter, use the link beside the search box at the top of the page or go to your settings and click the "Filters" tab.
To make sure all relevant emails are caught, we can take advantage of the fact that the
Enjoy your newfound powers.
You can provide to other sites a modified version of your email address, like so:
firstname.lastname@example.org -> email@example.com
So if a site you provided a modified email address to sends you a message, you can set up a filter on the to field of the message to check for the sitename bit. You can create a filter for each variation you create. It's surprising, but it works!
I'll add another remark: not every site likes being given an email address with the plus sign in it, even though it is a legal character. Some sites are checking for fairly simple address formats, though the actual allowed format is quite complex.