In today’s DYK, I will be explaining about an interesting feature in Gmail, which I thought many newbies might not know. You can use single Gmail account with multiple email addresses (variations of your emails id).
The trick is based upon this fact: Gmail does not consider the DOTS (.) in between the email addresses. For example, if an address like email@example.com is registered, then all the following addresses are also considered to be registered.
- firstname.lastname@example.org and so on.
So, Google gives no importance to the dots in the address. Another fact is that, you can add anything after a “+” sign in your email id, it doesn’t really matter. Example, if your email id is something like “email@example.com” then this address is equivalent to “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Using this fact, you can do a trick to automatically segregate all mails into their respective labels. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Let us consider that you have a email id as email@example.com
- Let us consider you use the same id for many purposes.
- In such cases, you can distibute different versions of your id to different people. For example, you can add “+friends” and distribute it to your friends. Similarly, “+work” and distribute it your colleagues.
- After this, you can create a “to” filter in your Gmail account. In the “to” filter, enter the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Click “Next” and apply the label, “Friends”.
- The next time anyone sends you an email to “email@example.com, it will automatically get the label “Friends”.
Like this, you can use a single Gmail account for multiple purposes. Share your comments on this trick. Is this trick new to you or an old one? Do you find this trick helpful and useful?