Self-Sent Gmail Filter

Do you send yourself reports as backups? How about using email to copy a file over to print it on school computers? For whatever reason, I often find myself sending an email to myself using Gmail. Finding these weeks or months later can often be a major pain.

So, I came up with a neat solution: create a filter to collect all self-sent emails in one place.To get started, log into Gmail and press “Create a filter”. This is right at the top, near the search bar and the button saying “Search the Web”.

Step 1 - Create a new filter in Gmail

Step 1 - Create a new filter in Gmail

On the following page you’re going to enter “me” and “me” in the From + To text boxes. This may be the loneliest filter you have made to date, but nobody’s watching you, right?

Step 2 - Lonely filter

Step 2 - Lonely filter

Hit “Next Step >>” and then fill out the following settings. You’re going to want to create a new “label” for this. So click “Choose label …” and “New label…”. Enter in the phrase of your choosing. Click OK. Later, these labels will appear on the right hand side of the screen.

Step 3 - Archive, and Apply Label

Step 3 - Archive, and Apply Label

Remember to click the checkbox “Also apply filter to X conversations below”. This will label all your previous self-sent emails. Click “Create Filter

Step 5 - Apply to all

Step 5 - Apply to all

You’re done! Here’s what it looks like when you click SelfSent on the right hand side.

Incredible!

Incredible! Useful! Organized! Lonely.

Now go on, send yourself a lonely email to test it.

  • http://www.meetrajesh.com Rajesh Kumar

    This is a great tip! Thanks!