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I have a few infrequently used Gmail accounts which forward on to another account which is regularly monitored.

When these infrequently used accounts receive emails and forward them on, I can get very similar looking emails which actually come from different addresses yet look at a very quick glance to be duplicates which is mildly annoying.

Is there any easy way to add a banner or prefix the subject line for example to say "this originated from..." or something along those lines?

I know there are banners which are added to emails identifying that the email originated outside a domain or a warning about containing viruses etc. but I'm guessing this is a feature of the local server so was wondering whether there was anything that could be done with Gmail.

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  • Have you tried the given solutions? Did any work for you? If yes, as per site guidelines when an answer addresses your question, you should accept it and maybe upvote it so others can benefit as well. If not, please let us know. – marikamitsos Jan 17 at 20:10
  • @marikamitsos I quite like your 2nd option however the template gets forwarded on so I get the template contents (custom banner text) but not the contents of the original email. Have I missed something here or is this deliberate? – cosmarchy Jan 18 at 20:05
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Your best option is.

Using labels in your monitoring/master account

Steps:

  1. Go to Settings -->Filters and create a new filter by adding the email in the To field.

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  1. Create a new label for the accounts like: email01

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  1. Repeat above steps for any number of email accounts.

The downside is that when emails are sent to a list you have no recipient.

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  • I quite like your 2nd option however the template gets forwarded on so I get the template contents (custom banner text) but not the contents of the original email. Have I missed something here or is this deliberate? – cosmarchy Jan 17 at 22:24
  • I am afraid you are not missing anything. I was. I had used the second option a very long time ago. But that was as an auto reply. So I got confused and didn't double check it. Sorry about that. I has now been withdrawn from my answer. On the bright side, I still do use the first option extremely successfully. – marikamitsos Jan 18 at 21:55
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You can create a filter based on the to: field and choosing to apply a label as the action.

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  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review – serenesat Jan 18 at 8:08
  • Why not? The label can be interpreted as a textual banner. By the way, there is another answer which offers the same suggestion and got a vote; the only difference from mine is that its author made some sceenshots. – tic Jan 26 at 17:23
  • So what? Wasn't I polite? This is for you: "Brevity is acceptable, but fuller explanations are better." – tic Feb 1 at 1:36

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