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I currently have a few accounts forwarding into Gmail, and I have Gmail set up to send through those accounts as well - your standard inbox consolidation via Google.

For ages now, I've been labeling the messages that use those accounts through filters like:

Has the words:
from:{me@work.edu}|to:{me@work.edu}

This is great, as anything I send or receive with that account gets tagged appropriately.

The issue I'm trying to solve arises when I get a message that's been sent to a list that my me@work.edu address is on or when I'm BCC'ed to the me@work.edu address - the filter doesn't pick up these use cases. I read here that the delivered-to option is what I want, but upon exploring that just now, I found that no matter what address the message was sent to, across the board, I have:

Delivered-To: me@gmail.com

Is that how delivered-to is supposed to work?

Am I doing something wrong, or just understanding something wrong?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work for all cases?

As a kludgey solution, I currently have something like:

Has the words:
from:{me@work.edu}|to:{me@work.edu list1@work.edu list2@work.edu etc}

But that doesn't catch the BCCs, and needs to be modified over time. I also just read about setting other accounts to forward to me+something@gmail.com, and then filtering based on that instead, though that strikes me as equally kludgey. I imagine something more elegant has to exist.

  • No, I don't think you've missed anything. That's part of the trouble with bcc. delivered-to: should help, but even then it falls down. Don't knock me+something@gmail.com. I use it all the time; it's quite helpful. – ale Jul 23 '14 at 1:18

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