I have set up a Gmail filter that marks all incoming mail from a certain mailing list with a star. Right now, the filter automatically applies the standard yellow star. How can I set it to use the blue star instead?

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    It doesn't look possible. The Filter tool only gives an option to add a star, not which star to use.
    – ale
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:16
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    Heh, if it had been as easy as using a dropdown in the filter setup menu, I wouldn't have had to ask. I was hoping there was an advanced setting somewhere that I had missed, but I'm not holding out much hope.
    – Pops
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:22
  • Yeah, me too. Maybe when the extra stars graduate out of the Labs.
    – ale
    Oct 6, 2011 at 16:05
  • If only! The extra stars (AKA "Superstars") graduated back in May. At least looking up that blog post reminded me to check out nested labels, so I got something out of this question.
    – Pops
    Oct 6, 2011 at 16:12
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    That's correct, we currently do not have the functionality to allow you to use different kinds of stars with filters. Oct 7, 2011 at 19:09

2 Answers 2


Sorry, we do not currently have functionality that allows you to use different kinds of stars with filters.

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    Accepted because the OP is the Community Manager for Gmail.
    – Pops
    Oct 10, 2011 at 19:25
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    Is this ever going to happen? Presumably if people use more than one type of star in the first place, they may want more than one type of star applied to messages via filter...
    – Doktor J
    Nov 13, 2013 at 15:14
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    Been years now...is there any chance of being able to apply superstars with a filter? Or use superstars in the iPhone app? Superstars are so useful and makes my workflow so much easier - why are they "second class citizens" with respect to almost all other gmail functionality?
    – Jer
    Jan 10, 2017 at 16:55
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    Add two more years and still no joy. It's now end of 2019 and it's still the case that only the default yellow star can be added by filters. I'd be inclined to file this alongside Google Sheets' Cannot enter spaces in right-justified text bug, in the All Hope Abandon, Bugs/FeatureReqs That Enter Here category.
    – tkp
    Nov 8, 2019 at 22:16

All of the superstars are supported and have been for quite a while:

  • has:yellow-star - Messages with a yellow star.
  • has:red-bang - Messages with a red exclamation mark.
  • has:yellow-bang - Messages with a yellow exclamation mark.
  • has:purple-question - Messages with a purple question mark.
  • has:orange-guillemet - Messages with two orange forward arrows.
  • has:blue-info - Messages with a blue i.
  • has:red-star - Messages with a red star.
  • has:orange-star - Messages with an orange star.
  • has:green-star - Messages with a green star.
  • has:blue-star - Messages with a blue star.
  • has:purple-star - Messages with a purple star.

For what it's worth, I tried a complex search using the blue-info and it did not work properly, but when I switched to a red-bang it did work. I don't know how well it works... I wanted to perform a search for items from a certain sender that were not starred, and it definitely didn't work for the blue-info!

But... for basic and compound searches, this should work extremely well!

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    I actually briefly accepted this answer before I realized you answered the wrong question. You're right that you can use this syntax to search for questions, but you can't use it for setting up filters. The filter menu -- which has changed since I originally asked this question -- still only gives a single "Star it" checkbox, not a dropdown menu or anything like that.
    – Pops
    Sep 28, 2012 at 4:10

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