Is it possible to create a Gmail filter to redirect incoming email (those sent by me to me) to the "sent" folder?

I use a VBA script to send email from Excel through smtp.googlemail.com. Unfortunately, this method doesn't allow a copy of email to be stored in the sent folder. My workaround, I think, is to send a bcc copy of the email to myself and create a Gmail filter to move the email to the sent folder. This seems easy enough until I realized that I didn't know how to create a filter to do so. In the "choose label..." drop down box, there is no option for "sent folder".

Any help?

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    TBH I think I would just settle on creating another label (eg. SentViaScript) for these emails and set up the appropriate filter in gmail (skip inbox etc.). Since they weren't really sent via gmail it could be misleading to try and fake this (if that is even possible), and with their own label they are more easily identifiable.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 13:02

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Gmail mailbox doesn't use the "folder" concept. Instead it use views, labels and categories.

All the messages that have in the from: field the mailbox email address, will be in the Sent view.

  • Not true. You can, for example, delete emails from Sent. You can then undelete them, which you do by sending them to the inbox. Sometimes they go to sent, but sometimes they go to inbox. I haven't figured out the details. I just went through it because I accidentally deleted everything and had to restore it. Almost nothing from me went to sent. It went to inbox. Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 4:55
  • Just wait for Gmail to index the restored messages. Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 4:57
  • Hmmm. How long will that take? I guess I'll check back in a day or two. P.S. I'm impressed with how fast you replied to a post to a 5 and a half year old thread. :) Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 4:59
  • Still in inbox and not in sent (most of them). Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 23:19
  • If you are looking for help, I suggest you to post a new question. Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 23:21

It can be done using Outlook.

Here's how:

  1. Migrate everything to Gmail.

  2. Install Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook.

  3. Let it sync with Gmail (may take a long time if you have a lot of mail).

  4. Move the old "sent" emails into Gmail's "sent" folder (label) with Outlook.

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