New Gmail Tips

This was posted over on the Gmail Blog and I couldn’t help but to repost it here. These are two great tips that I have every intention of making use of from here on out.

2 hidden ways to get more from your Gmail address

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 8:10 AM

I recently discovered some little-known ways to use your Gmail address that can give you greater control over your inbox and save you some time and headache. When you choose a Gmail address, you actually get more than just “yourusername@gmail.com.” Here are two different ways you can modify your Gmail address and still get your mail:

  • Append a plus (“+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, if your name was hikingfan@gmail.com, you could send mail to hikingfan+friends@gmail.com or hikingfan+mailinglists@gmail.com.
  • Insert one or several dots (“.”) anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn’t recognize periods as characters in addresses — we just ignore them. For example, you could tell people your address was hikingfan@gmail.com, hiking.fan@gmail.com or hi.kin.g.fan@gmail.com. (We understand that there has been some confusion about this in the past, but to settle it once and for all, you can indeed receive mail at all the variations with dots.)

For me, the real value in being able to manipulate your email address is that it makes it really easy to filter on those variants. For example you could use hikingfan+bank@gmail.com when you sign up for online banking and then set up a filter to automatically star, archive or label emails addressed to hikingfan+bank. You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, I added “+donation” when I gave money to a political organization once, and now when I see emails from other groups to that address, I know how they got it. Solution: filtered to auto-delete.

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4 Responses to “New Gmail Tips”


  1. 1 iPhone Hellas March 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Great tips! Especially the one with the dots (”.”)
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 mcneri March 14, 2008 at 11:13 am

    The tips are not so new, even though I only recently wrote about it on my blog. I have used it for a few months after I picked the tip off lifehacker. Just wanted to note that some sites do not honour the + sign. Sites like SPSS.com and I believe some financial institutions. Having said that it is still a good idea. For those that have their own domain name hosted with google, there is an even cleaner way that lets you know the spammers immediately. I can not start writing about it here (I could if Iam invited). Nice blog here, and your wife’s blog is cool too. Let her brighten the colour a bit….a tine bit.LOL

  3. 3 thebaldmonkey March 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the comments. I will have to keep in mind that some places may not accept the “+” sign. I guess I will just try the “.” instead.

    LOL, and I will let you comment my wife’s blog and tell her she could brighten it up a bit. Though, I doubt either of us have the know how to make a change to the theme like that.

  4. 4 Mcneri March 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Cool. The color on your wife’s blog seems brighter to me now. Did she brighten it? Take care. Just passing bye.


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