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I'd like to forward incoming Gmail to exactly one of two places, depending on the sender, something like this:

  • If the sender is a.com or z.com, forward only to myid@firstforward.com and delete.
  • If the sender is anyone else, forward only to myid@secondforward.com and delete.

I've tried doing this with various filter incantations, but with no luck - both filters kick in, and the mail gets forwarded to both places. Is there any way to make it happen?

EDIT: I just tried these filters:

  • from:(a.com OR z.com) : Skip Inbox, Forward to myid@firstforward.com, Delete it
  • from:(-a.com AND -z.com) : Skip Inbox, Forward to myid@secondforward.com, Delete it

This works fine, except that all spam is being directed to the second forward as well. (Apparently we're no longer able to negate entire "from" clauses with a single hyphen.)

  • 'No luck' - what happens to your email? Are messages being forwarded and not deleted, or does nothing happen at all? – Vidar S. Ramdal Feb 21 '13 at 11:49
  • @VidarS.Ramdal: Edited for clarity. – Tony Feb 21 '13 at 21:58
  • In some ways, Gmail filters are very powerful, but in others rather lacking. While there's some evidence that the order of the filters matters, I don't think that you can rely on it. Certainly there's no action which says "Stop processing more rules" like there is in, say, Microsoft Outlook. – ale Feb 22 '13 at 14:03
  • Perhaps you can add "Star it" to the actions of the first filter, then add -is:starred to the search criteria of the second filter. – ale Feb 22 '13 at 14:06
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It appears that Gmail doesn't offer a way to accomplish what I want. Ultimately I just forwarded all Gmail to my web host, and used their [far better and more flexible] filters to send it where I really want it.

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