Manage Gmail Inbox: Use task specific email addresses
With the many messages you receive daily you’re probably looking for ways to manage your inbox. One way to manage your Gmail inbox is by using task specific email addresses. What does that mean?
A task specific email address is kind of like an add-on to your Gmail that you create by inserting the + sign into your email address. In this tutorial I’ll show you how you can use task specific email addresses. I’ll also give you an idea of how you can combine them with filters to even better manage your Gmail inbox.
This tutorial also comes in video form if you would like to watch me show and explain every step of the setup.
How to use task specific email addresses
There is no need to actually configure or install anything in Gmail itself. All you have to do is use the task specific email address. In our tutorial we’re signing up to the saperis newsletter with the task specific email address of email@example.com.
Task specific email addresses always have to be used by inserting the + symbol before the @ sign followed by whatever description or name you like. In the following image you see some examples of possible task specific email addresses for Jane Example. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Combining task specific email addresses with filters
The true potential of tasks specific email addresses becomes obvious when you combine them with filters in Gmail. In our tutorial we’re using email@example.com to sign up to some newsletters. The next step is to create a filter for it. This filter automatically takes the incoming messages sent to that task specific email address and moves them to a custom label.
From now on any incoming messages to the task specific email address will skip the inbox and be moved to the Newsletter custom label. That’s a great way to manage your Gmail inbox and keep it from being cluttered up.