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Gmail's new interface for chat history has apparently also had the side effect of showing chat logs as items in my inbox. I don't want this (I can look in the Chats label for those, thank you very much).

Can I prevent chats from appearing in my inbox? Adding the following subject logic to a filter (which is how I used to prevent them from appearing) no longer seems to work, as chat history items no longer appear to have a "subject" field at all:

-"Chat with"

Is there any other way I can prevent chat logs from appearing in my Inbox?

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I figured out how to get a filter to keep chat logs from appearing in the inbox. Create a filter with the following logic in the "Has the words" section:


Anything matching this filter should "Skip the inbox" as its action. Problem solved!

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Well done, sir. Care to explain how you found that out? It's been bugging me for some time! – jyoseph Jul 30 '13 at 19:52
If you type is: in the search box on the Gmail page, you'll see some auto-completed choices (one of which is 'chats'). I played around with that search trick to get the right logic. I believe that is:chat (singular) will also work, but I use plural because that's what they suggest. – Jonah Bishop Jul 31 '13 at 18:52
Similarly, if you want to remove chats when you're looking at "All Mail", just plug "-is:chats" (sans quotes) into the search box. That will show you all mail but not chat histories. Thanks for this tip, it helped me figure out what I needed to exclude chat histories when I was trying to look through "All Mail"! – Doktor J Mar 21 '14 at 17:40

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