Gmail Tips and Tricks – Using Boolean Operators in Gmail Filters

Gmail offers Filter options which is a great and very useful feature, in addition to that you can use Boolean operators to narrow your Filters or tighten your Gmail filters.

As you do search in Google you can use the operators in Gmail filters.

Boolean Operators


  • When you create a filter you can add this in any field of Gmail Filter options
  • You can add this in From filed with 2 different email addresses (you cannot use AND which is not possible)
  • You can use OR or AND in Has the word field
  • This will narrow down your filter

You can also use advanced operators like quotation marks around your filter terms

  • Eg., �Meeting reminder�

Use it inside quote and you will not get the alert for Meeting or for reminder but for Meeting Reminder

You can also use hyphen to neglect a word (-)

  • Eg., �Meeting

When you enter this term, you will not filter emails with the word meeting

You can use all these with the combination of all fields and terms in it.

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Gmail Tips and Tricks – Combining Gmail Filters

Gmail�s greatest strength is its filter options. This is far more better than any other email service providers like Yahoo and MSN.

  • You can create UNLIMITED number of Gmail filters
  • But when you create a forward filter you cannot create more than 20 forward filters

What is forward filter?

When you create a filter that sets few emails to be forwarded to a specific ID, these filters are called forward filters and Gmail only allows 20 forward filters

What if you want to add more forward filters?

You can use the combining forward filter options

If you want to forward 2 different senders to a same email ID, you can combine them, the steps are given below

  • Login to Gmail
  • Click create new filter menu which appears next to search button on top

Gmail Create new filter menu

Gmail Combining Filters

  • You can enter more than 2 email addresses in the From field
  • Click Next step
  • Choose the Forward button

Gmail Combining Filters 1

  • Enter the email ID that you want to forward emails to
  • And Click Create Filter to create a new filter
  • So this way you can combine 2 or more filters into 1
  • This is applicable to all the fields, you can mention OR and create filters to combine two filters
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