I'd like all emails received to my Gmail account to be starred. I've set up a filter for *, but this also stars messages in my Sent Mail. I can't use to:[email protected] because I have a catch-all (Google Apps). Any ideas?

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If a filter with criteria * is working for you with the exception of the sent messages, you might try

* AND !is:sent

Alternately, see if your wildcard will cause received mail to fall within scope of the following


I don't know offhand if to:me triggers on your primary address, or uses a more comprehensive method of matching.

Incidentally, what are you trying to accomplish by starring all incoming messages? Some kind of "sticky" indicator of read/unread (or "handled") status?

  • to:me doesn't include the catch-all. Unfortunately "* AND !is:sent" doesn't work either! I'd like to be able to read messages, but only 'forget' about them when I've really read them. Don't want to use archiving.
    – Chris
    Commented May 22, 2012 at 18:22
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    @Chris: Archiving does exactly what you describe. Why not use it? Commented May 23, 2012 at 12:18
  • It changes what I'm used to, but that's what I've set up now! 17000 conversations have been archived... thanks.
    – Chris
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 20:44
  • Actually... on my Android phone, I can't sync "All Mail". Reverting back...
    – Chris
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 8:20

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