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I use email aliases for my email account to design incoming email filters for mail sent to me from different sources, for example:

It's easy for me to set up incoming search filters for the "newsletter" or "bills" aliases, so I can select messages sent only to those labels. For example: to:[email protected].

However, I have not figured out a design for an incoming mail filter to take action on emails addressed to my "bare" email, [email protected]. I've tried what I thought would be an exact match, to:"[email protected]", only to find that the filter selects email sent to all three addresses: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

What Gmail incoming mail filter will select only messages sent to [email protected] exactly so I can process them in some way (for example, forwarding them)?

Note: I filed a very similar question recently but I realized after an answer was submitted that I hadn't made it clear that I want to take action upon incoming email to my bare address rather than simply post-process email already received.

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The filter you need to use in the Includes the words field is:

to:[email protected] -([email protected] OR [email protected])

Please try it out and let us know how it goes.

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  • I know you had a similar question posted as well.Have you tried this new answer? Did it work for you? Feb 17, 2020 at 23:24
  • Please check the updated answer. Feb 17, 2020 at 23:43

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