Has anyone figured out how to get Gmail to stop processing filters once a condition is met? I would like to avoid having certain messages potentially get multiple labels. As great as Gmail is, the filtering option is quite primitive.

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This sort of answers my question. You can't stop filters from processing once a condition is met, but you can add a filter to filter messages that have been filtered, which will do in my case.

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    This was helpful. I have a variety of messages coming from the same email address but with different text in quotes in the From header. I set up rule #1 to apply the label "noise". Then I set up rule #2 to exclude messages with that label (with -label:noise) and apply its own label. Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 14:22

If you label your messages in previous rules, you can use "has:nouserlabels" condition in further rules to exclude already processed.


You could use NOT functions in your filter. Say you have a, b and c as keywords for your labels:

  • filter1: a -b -c > everything from a

  • filter2: -a b -c > everything from b

  • filter3: -a -b c > everything from c

but of course, this is a hassle in case of many filters

  • This is fine if you only have a few filters, but if you have say 50, putting in those not conditions becomes unwieldy. Commented May 12, 2022 at 5:05

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