I create a filter for someone's email and it automatically goes to a folder. For all of his following emails, they go into that folder. But for anyone who REPLIES to His email it goes directly in my inbox. Is there a setting in Gmail that will filter these replies (follow-up) emails into the same folder as the sender's?

  • Note that Gmail uses labels, not folders.
    – ale
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 19:20
  • Yes... well how do I forward replies to my filtered emails into those same Labels?
    – Tom
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 20:32
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    Try adjusting the filter to look for the triggering email address in the From: To: and CC: fields. That can tag the emails you send in reply as well, keeping the whole of the conversation in the same folder.
    – user144900
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 4:17
  • are you using conversations, or have you disabled conversation view? Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 13:54

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It seems you have a filter like this:

from:[email protected]
apply label: jdoe_messages

The simplest way to have messages from John Doe, as well as message sent to him, is:

has the words: (from:[email protected] OR to:[email protected])
apply label jdoe_messages

That way, any message from John Doe, or with John Doe's email address in the to: field, will be seen by the same filter.

  • This works great except for emails that are sent to certain mailing lists, which will keep the to field as just the mailing list address for any replies. For those, you can add the following to the "Has the words" field: "[email protected] wrote" OR "John Doe wrote" (including the quotes and the OR). Email clients differ in how they do replies, hence the OR. Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 21:14

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