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How to Filter Emails by Keyword in Gmail

Tired of seeing spam emails? Gmail has a default feature that you can use to get rid of them. This post will show you how.

Gmail basically already has a filtering feature that automatically detects spam emails. Emails detected as spams will be automatically sent to the Spam folder. But still, the filtering criteria doesn’t always work for everyone since every user has different criteria about spam emails. For instance, those who hate Kpop might have an allergy with the word “Kpop” so they want to clean up their inbox from this word.

The filtering feature of Gmail allows you to filter emails by a certain keyword. Not only you can use the filtering feature to find emails. You can also use it to automatically delete every incoming email that contains the defined keyword. To do so, click the arrow icon on the search bar.

Type the keyword you want to filter on the Subject field. If the keyword you want to filter consists of two words or more, use the quote sign.

To filter multiple keywords, use the following syntax:

(("keyword 1" OR "keyword 2" OR "keyword 3"))

Once you are done adding the keyword, click the Create filter button.

On the next step, set an action for every email that matches the keyword. If you want to delete it, for instance, tick the Delete it option. This option will automatically delete every incoming email that contains the defined keyword. Click the Create filter button to apply.

If you change your mind or mistakenly filter a keyword, you can edit the filter you have created. To do so, click the gear icon and select Settings.

Go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab and click the edit link on a filter you want to edit.

Add a new keyword or remove the existing ones. Once done, click the Continue button.

On the next step, you can add a new action or remove an existing one. Once done setting the actions, click the Update filter button.

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