You can just block emails from Google if all the annoying emails are coming from one particualr email address. But using the block feature will only place the emails into the spam folder. Then if you have to go to your spam folder to look for missing emails, you’ll see the ones you blocked and risk getting upset!
The video above shows you how to block email using the block facility. If you prefer to send annoying or upsetting emails directly to the trash can, then watch the video below.
A friend of mine called Simon has been receiving hundreds of unwanted emails from some email server out there on the Internet that’s gone a little bit bonkers, and is sending him so many all at once.
They don’t mean anything – they could be spam – there could be any number of different reasons why this is happening. However one thing Simon wants to do is just to get rid of these emails because they’re filling up his inbox.
So the best way to do this in Gmail is just to create a filter and filter those emails out.
I asked Simon to forward me one of the emails so that we could have a look at it. And you can see that they’re all coming in this particular case from an email address here called firstname.lastname@example.org.
So that’s the sort of identifying characteristic of this particular set of emails. But of course you could look for a subject or perhaps some other characteristic like some content within the body of the email. But in this case I think the from email address is sufficient. So all you would do is copy that email address so that you can use it later on in the filter
In order to set up a filter in Gmail, all you have to do is go over to this gear symbol up here and click it and then go into settings.
Now, over here you’ve got lots of different options and you just go to the filters and blocked addresses link. But I’ve got lots of these already set up.
If you haven’t got any then you won’t have this big long list here. Whatever, scroll down to the bottom if you have to, until you get to the bit where it says you can create a new filter.
So click on create a new filter, and you’ll get this pop-up. Now if the identifying factor that you’ve chosen from your troublesome emails is the from email address, as it could be in the case of my friend Simon’s, then all you’d do is put the email address that the email’s are coming from in the from box.
But if you’ve identified other unique things about the emails you want to stop like they always have a certain set of words, or they always have the same subject or whatever, then you can fill in different boxes.
But we’re just going with the email address for this particular problem. And then you just create filter with the search. So hit create filter with this search and the box changes and it wants to know now what you want to do with the emails once they’ve been identified. Because right now they’re going straight into your inbox and flooding it.
Because you don’t want that to happen you need to decide what you do want happen. So you definitely want to skip the inbox, you definitely in this case, in my friend Simon’s case, want to delete it. You never want to send it to spam because then it’s just going to annoy you somewhere else.
Now if the emails had been coming into my account I’d also have a message down here that says also apply the filter to, you know, 330 matching conversations if they’d sent me that many emails. But because I haven’t been receiving these I’ve just got a zero here.
But if you’re doing this for yourself then you would also check that box to also apply the filter to all the emails that are already in your inbox. And then once you’ve got those checkboxes set-up, you simply click on create filter.
And it says your filter was created, and that’s it. Now when anything matching that filter comes into your inbox it will automatically be removed from the inbox and placed in the bin or the trash. And that’s it. It won’t bother you anymore.