Tech Tips Tuesday

Hi all, this will be the first of what will hopefully be a weekly post full of tech tips.

With over 10 years of an online presence I’ve had to find free and easy ways to maximize both my time and energy. At this very moment there are 136 unread email messages in my inbox and I’m not worried about. Why?

Gmail has filters, use them.

Do you get a weekly email from your child’s school? How about press releases (I get about 30 of those a day)? Let’s create a quick filter together.

First logon to gmail, click the settings tab up at the top right part of the screen


Next select filters


Then at the bottom of the screen it will say “create a new filter“.  gmail-create-a-new-filter

I’ve added “press release” where it says “has words” thus creating the actual filter


On the next page I have it skip my inbox, go straight into the archives and into a filter marked “press releases”.


You can do this for any sort of communication that is thematic, but isn’t spam. Now, when I’m looking for something to write about I can scroll through the press releases, which have skipped my inbox, and look for something that interests me.

They’ll be in the lower left column, below your contacts. Each filter will be clearly marked and all of these emails will have bypassed your mobile devices (PDA, Blackberry and iPhone).

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