Gmail: Using Filters (Part 1)

Filters are one of the coolest features that many email service providers offer. But sadly not many use it. Some, because they are not aware that there exists such a facility and others do not because they don’t know how to.

I will tell you how I use my filters and I will give you tips on how and where you can use filters.

Filtering options can be found by clicking on the settings icon and clicking on settings.


After entering the settings menu click on Filters.


Find Create a new filter and click on it. You will see the following menu drop from the top.


Now here you can specify the parameters by which gmail will filter your mail.
You can experiment how well your specification of the parameters work by clicking on the search icon. You can filter mails from a specific person by specifying the persons email address in the From text box. If you want to filter out mails that were sent to a particular person (Maybe even you). You can specify that in the To text box. The Subject textbox can be used to filter mails with a particular subject and so on… 

You can click on Create filter with this search to create the filter if you are satisfied with it. Then you will be provided with another page where you can set what actions to perform when the filter parameters are satisfied.

In the next blog I will show you an example of one my filters that is quintessential to me.

Thank You


Opera: Group Tabs

This is a cool trick that you can do in Opera which i found out only recently. When you have two or three tabs that you feel are related. Then you can group them just by dragging one of them and placing on top of the other. Then those two tabs will be grouped. You can add more than two tabs to a group.

Shown below is an example of how grouped tabs will look like….

You can expand or compress the tabs (shown below)



When the tabs are compressed together into one single tab. The previously used tab among the tabs in the group will be visible to you on the outside.

Tips on using this feature:

1. If in case you have multiple emails in say hotmail, gmail and yahoo. You can add all the emails into one group while you work on your pc.
2. If you are looking for some reference. You will probably be opening up a lot of tabs to get to where you want to. To get the right reference. You might want to group all these together while you browse around each one of them. So your browser will look a little organised.

Additional Info:

There is an add on available in the opera website called Tab Grouper which automatically groups all the similar tabs together. But any automated facility will have its limitations. At some point of time you have to intervene manually. I do not use Tab Grouper. Nothing against it but just to reduce the number of add-ons in my browser. Better to keep it light and fast.

Thanks for reading… Smile