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Is it possible to create a Gmail filter to redirect incoming email (those sent by me to me) to the "sent" folder?

I use a VBA script to send email from Excel through smtp.googlemail.com. Unfortunately, this method doesn't allow a copy of email to be stored in the sent folder. My workaround, I think, is to send a bcc copy of the email to myself and create a Gmail filter to move the email to the sent folder. This seems easy enough until I realized that I didn't know how to create a filter to do so. In the "choose label..." drop down box, there is no option for "sent folder".

Any help?

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TBH I think I would just settle on creating another label (eg. SentViaScript) for these emails and set up the appropriate filter in gmail (skip inbox etc.). Since they weren't really sent via gmail it could be misleading to try and fake this (if that is even possible), and with their own label they are more easily identifiable. – w3dk Mar 16 '13 at 13:02

Gmail mailbox doesn't use the "folder" concept. Instead it use views, labels and categories.

All the messages that have in the from: field the mailbox email address, will be in the Sent view.

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It can be done using Outlook.

Here's how:

  1. Migrate everything to Gmail.

  2. Install Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook.

  3. Let it sync with Gmail (may take a long time if you have a lot of mail).

  4. Move the old "sent" emails into Gmail's "sent" folder (label) with Outlook.

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