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I have more than 20 filters, how can I easily reorder them?

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GMail natively does not have this feature. However, there is a Filter Import/Export feature in the labs that you could use, though it involves editing xml.

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Once you enable the feature and Save Changes, go to Settings > Filters.

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This will result in an xml file. You could edit the xml file to move the order of the filters, and then reverse the process and import them.

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Oh dear, this sounds like more work than scrolling down each time ;-) Guess I'll keep doing that then! Though +1 for the solution –  Ivo Flipse Jul 16 '10 at 6:47

Any time you save a filter, it goes to the bottom of the list. Once you know what order you want your filters in, open each one in order, and just click Save without changing anything. When you get to the last one, the filters are all in order.

Of course, you would have to repeat this if you ever really did have to change a filter.

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Not anymore. It's in alphabetic order now. –  IBoS Aug 29 '14 at 18:48
Mine still behave as I described, and have not been rearranged into alphabetic (or any other) order. –  AndyDan Sep 3 '14 at 0:16
Interesting. Are you using the (not so) new design? For me, it keeps them in alphabetic order even if I create new filters and there's no dedicated setting for changing this. –  IBoS Sep 4 '14 at 18:23
As far as I can tell, the design hasn't changed since I posted my original answer, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. –  AndyDan Sep 4 '14 at 21:45
Ok. Maybe that's the difference. Google has radically changed GMail a couple of times since 2010 and gave the users the ability to keep the old one. That's the overall new design: gmailblog.blogspot.hu/2011/11/gmails-new-look.html and they've changed it several times since that time. (Including the addition of Hangouts support, the G+ integration, or the time when they introduced that tabbed layout with new internal filters and so on.) I don't know if you have all these "up-to-date" or if you can still opt-out of these updates. –  IBoS Sep 5 '14 at 11:11

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