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I have a wildcard set up on my domain name for emails so that all emails that are sent to anything@example.com will be sent to my Gmail account.

I use this so I can give different addresses to different people/companies, etc.

My question is, in Gmail, is there any way (by way of extension or anything) to list what the "To" email address is without having to open the email and look at the headers?

For example is there something that can add a label based on the "To" or show the "To" column in the inbox?

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Of course you can add a label based on the To address. (Actually, that's probably your only realistic option, since you can't change the columns displayed within Gmail.)

Simply create a filter on the address you want to apply a label to. The simplest way is probably to start with a search:

to:myalternateaddress@gmail.com

Then press the down-pointing arrow on the right of the search field to open the advanced search form and click "Create a filter with this search".

On the next window, click "Apply the label:" and choose the label you want to use (or create a new one). Check any other things you might want to happen. Optionally, check "Also apply filter to matching conversations" and save your filter.

Now, when a message comes in to that address, your label will also be applied.

You might want to make your filter more dynamic by also checking the Cc and/or Bcc fields.

More information from Google Help.

  • But this means I have to specify one for EVERY email address I want to use, correct? – AverageMarcus Feb 26 '14 at 14:11
  • If you want to use the same label for multiple addresses, you can use to:address1@gmail.com OR to:address2@gmail.com OR to:address3@gmail.com. If you want one label per address, then yes, you need a separate filter for each. – ale Feb 26 '14 at 14:19
  • You could save time by creating one such filter, exporting your filters, editing the export file (it's just XML) to create more filters, then re-importing it. – ale Feb 26 '14 at 14:20
  • Yeah but the thing is I want this added dynamically. I dont want to have to add a list of email addresses as it will be ever growing. – AverageMarcus Feb 26 '14 at 17:59
  • Then what you're looking to do won't be possible with just Gmail alone. You'd need some other tool. – ale Feb 26 '14 at 18:41

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