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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 Feb 18 '17 at 19:20
  • Yes... well how do I forward replies to my filtered emails into those same Labels? – Tom Feb 18 '17 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 Feb 19 '17 at 4:17
  • are you using conversations, or have you disabled conversation view? – mhoran_psprep Feb 19 '17 at 13:54
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It seems you have a filter like this:

from:jdoe@gmail.com
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:jdoe@gmail.com OR to:jdoe@gmail.com)
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.

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  • 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: "jdoe@gmail.com wrote" OR "John Doe wrote" (including the quotes and the OR). Email clients differ in how they do replies, hence the OR. – Russell Davis Feb 15 at 21:14

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