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I would like to set it up so that Gmail labels incoming mail based on which business email of mine the emails are sent to. I have two business emails that come to my Gmail account.

For instance, if someone emails me at example@firstbusiness.com, I would like the email to be automatically labeled first business. If someone emails me at my other email address (which also is forwarded to Gmail), example@secondbusiness.com, I would like that email to be automatically labeled second business.

Is there any way to do this?

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Have you read the help for filters and labels? –  Al E. Jan 9 '13 at 20:00
Sorry to bother! I found it is easy to do this as a filter. So happy to get it figured out! Thanks anyway. –  MelyElly Jan 9 '13 at 20:02

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Of course there is; that's just basic filters.

Here's one way to make such a filter:

  1. In the Gmail search box, search for messages sent to your email address, like this: to:example@firstbusiness.com
  2. Assuming you got some results, click the small arrow on the right side of the search box. This will bring up the advanced search menu.
  3. Click "Create filter with this search"
  4. Choose what you want to happen to the message when it comes in. One of the options is "apply a label" but there are others you can do. It all depends on your needs.
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Utilize filters for this. Go to:

Settings > Filters

You can filter on the to: field. Example:

  • Filter: To: example@firstbusiness.com
  • Action: Apply the label: <Create your own label>

Then you would create a second filter to auto-label the second business email.

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Sure there is!

  1. When you're reading a mail you want to auto label
  2. hit the [More ▼] button
  3. and choose "Filter messages like these"

Set your criteria and click the "Create filter with this search »" link to choose your Label

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If you are having gmail retrieve the email via pop3, you can have the emails automaticaly labeled and/or archived

  1. Click Gear button /Settings
  2. Accounts and Import
  3. Find the "Check mail from other accounts (using POP3" section
  4. Click on the "edit info" link.
  5. Specify an existing label or create a new label
  6. You can also "Archive incoming messages (Skip the Inbox)"
  7. Save Changes
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