In Gmail, whenever I send an email I want to get a copy of the message that I sent in my inbox, 100% of the time. How can I do this?


I have not found a way to add the inbox label to all outgoing messages. But you can use "multiple inboxes" to get sent mail to the top of the window

  1. Go to settings/Labs and select "Multiple inboxes"
  2. Save Changes
  3. You should now see a "Multiple inboxes" tab in settings.
  4. GMail will let you specify a search query. In the first box enter "is:Sent Mail" without the quotes.
  5. Set the maximum page size to a larger number. It didn't complain about using 50, but I don't know if there is a maximum value.
  6. Optional: Set "Extra panels positioning" to Above the inbox. This will put the "Sent Mail" label above the main inbox.
  7. Save changes

There may be a couple of second lag the first time you go back to the main page, becuse it has to execute the new query.

It does the job with a couple of issues:

  • Each inbox has its own < and > button to move through the list
  • Each inbox has its own "view all" button which jumps you to the label
  • The gear button is only on the tool bar above the main inbox section.

You can set up a filter for messages sent from: [yourself], and check Never send it to spam. This will put all sent emails in your inbox automatically.

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    This is the best solution here by far. In fact, I had done this but did not realise it was the reason my sent emails were in my inbox, which i really like as I had made the filter for another reason. All the above work-arounds are not as good as this one. Dec 17 '16 at 11:43
  • Appreciate this answer! :) Dec 23 '16 at 14:41
  • Do you mean to put the literal string "[yourself]" into the Filter "From" box? Because that seems wrong, at least in the web app. Using a value of "me" makes marginally more sense, maybe, or did you mean that your actual email address(es) should go here? Dec 1 '17 at 15:53
  • Update: "me" seems to work. Alternatively you can start in the search bar with "from:me". Dec 1 '17 at 17:02
  • I'd guess they meant actual email address. I found this post because I'd set my own email address as never to go to spam, having used a different mail server to send email from my own email address and having had to dig it out of spam. Getting a copy of every sent item in my inbox as a result wasn't what I expected.
    – rich
    Dec 21 '17 at 23:29

As a previous person answered, create a filter on emails sent from your email address. For the action, select 'Never send to Spam'. I do not know why the person was downvoted, but I have used this technique with no problems for years. I just set up a new account and verified that it continues to function as before.

  • Previous person? who? This should be a comment on the answer you are referring.
    – serenesat
    Nov 16 '16 at 9:35

You can't mess with the default inbox view, unfortunately.

My solution was to search for: "in:inbox OR is:sent", then bookmark that URL. You will notice that by default, the regular emails have the "Inbox" label, and the sent emails lack the label.


Not sure, if Gmail has a tool for that but i just sent the copy of the message back to me using the Add Bcc in the compose window.

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