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Chris Bongers
Chris Bongers

Posted on • Originally published at daily-dev-tips.com

Gmail plus make your life easier πŸ˜™

3.9 billion users, yes Gmail is massive and has a lot of cool features.

Today we will be looking at the Gmail + plus action to make your life easier!

Nowadays, we get so much email and it gets cluttered quickly.

Note: Check out my article on achieving Inbox Zero

Gmail + email address

In Gmail you get a specific email address let's say:

info@daily-dev-tips.com or chrisbongers@gmail.com

You can also use a plus to receive certain emails:

info+social@daily-dev-tips.com or chrisbongers+spam@gmail.com

These will arrive in your normal mailbox!

Gmail + address

That is already very cool. You can use it to sign into one service with the same address (Twitter personal + business)

But, we are using it to put emails in certain categories!

Gmail + sign filter

First, go to the filter section and add a new filter:

  1. Settings
  2. Filters and Blocked Addresses
  3. Create a new Filter

Gmail create a new filter

Within this filter, type the email address in the To field.

Filter on To field

Hit the Create filter button

Then we can set up our filter however we like. In my case I'm only sending these emails to a specific category, but you could also mark them as read for instance.

Gmail filter settings

That's it! Emails send to info+social@daily-dev-tips.com will now end up in my Social category.

Have fun, and create some amazing filters to make your life easier! πŸ˜™

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Fraser McTaggart

That's a great tip. Thanks!
I have my own domain with a catchall and rules as you have described. It's easy to see where the spam originates from as well. For example shadywebsite@mctweb.com or dev@mctweb.com etc.

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aegorov

Made email from personal domain a month ago and it is blessing when you don't need to open 2-3 tabs in browser and log in to accounts.
Also gmail is awfully slow and i prefer folder management with filters.

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Chris Bongers Author

You find Gmail slow?
For me it works pretty fast on personal domain.

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Fraser McTaggart

I use gsuite/gmail with my domain and have no issues with speed. Works great across all my devices and syncs really quickly.

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Chris Bongers Author

Yes, loving the custom domains, I also use them a lot, this can also be used for origin and spam detection.

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Slavius

Another Gmail tip:
A dot "." in gmail address is ignored. If your Gmail address is firstname.lastname@gmail.com it is equivalent (and fully working as a valid alias to your dot equipped address) as firstnamelastname@gmail.com or f.i.r.s.t.n.a.m.e.l.a.s.t.n.a.m.e@... or first....name....last....name@gmai...

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Chris Bongers Author

Yes but this isn’t fool proof,
Back in the days (15 years ago) this wasnt the case so I’m one of the unfortunate people where someone else has the exact same e-mail address but with a dot 🀯

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Slavius • Edited on

I have had an Gmail account since 2005 (also 15 years ago) and this worked since the beginning for me. It seems strange to me it behaves differently for you.

Edit: It's even officially listed in Gmail support article support.google.com/mail/answer/743...

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Chris Bongers Author

So what happened is that my personal is
Chrisbongers@gm

And someone has
Chris.bongers@gm

I can use any dot other then that one and it will come to my box, just that combi will go to the other person 🀦

Atleast haven’t physically tested this for 2 years, might have been fixed by gmail.

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