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I want to create a filter for all email sent by me only to me.

I do that because when I have a note that I want to remember, I send it to myself. I want to label all those notes so I can find them easily.

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To search for email sent only to you and not to a mailing list, for example, you have to add the following to the search box (and then you can create a filter using that search; there is a link in the expanded search box that says "Create filter >>" or something):

To:me AND -*

This means it'll search for email sent to "me" (that's you) and not to everybody else (including you) (that's "*"), but the first part (i.e., "To:me") overrides that.

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Ain't working no more? –  nutty about natty Aug 23 '14 at 9:33

Try replacing -* with a couple of common email addresses in the heavy emailers list. something like this might work to:(me -*@aol.com)

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When creating the filter, can you put your email address in the from field and in the to field. I just tried this and it only includes emails that I've sent to myself.

Here is some of the help on Gmail's search (somewhat unrelated): http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=6593

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In the To field, use me -*. This could also be broken out in the other fields with to:me to:-*.

Here's a thread on Google's help forum..

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Do you have a link to documentation of this feature by any chance? –  Senseful Aug 2 '10 at 22:58
@Senseful, Unfortunately I don't. It is just something I tried. I did some searching and found a link that is somewhat helpful. Edited my post to include it. –  Rebecca Chernoff Aug 2 '10 at 23:32
I get the to:me part, but it doesn't seem like the -* part does anything (i.e. I get the same results with and without it). Does it show different results for you? –  Senseful Aug 2 '10 at 23:40
I believe the second example should be to:me -to:*. However, the search doesn't seem to exclude messages sent to a list of addresses. –  dgw Aug 3 '10 at 0:02
to:me to:-* and to:me -to:* seem to give me the same results. –  Rebecca Chernoff Aug 3 '10 at 0:10

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