Gmail Labs Introduces Automated Filtering with Smart Labels [News]

Tim Brookes 10-03-2011

Gmail Labs Introduces Automated Filtering with Smart Labels [News] gmail logoAnother day, another Google announcement and whilst not as exciting as yesterday’s Chrome 10 launch the new Smart Labels feature in Gmail Labs promises to help organise incoming mail so you don’t have to.


At the moment it is an optional extra, which must be enabled in Gmail Settings under the Labs tab.

After turning it on, your inbox will be automatically labelled according to whether Gmail thinks it fits under Notifications, Bulk or Forums. What’s more the new smart labels feature operates nicely alongside your existing labels setup, so all you have to do is enable and go.

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On the Gmail Blog, software engineer Stanley Chen explains:

“Bulk” mail includes any kind of mass mailing (such as newsletters and promotional email) and gets filtered out of your inbox by default (where you can easily read it later), “Notifications” are messages sent to you directly (like account statements and receipts), and email from group mailing lists gets labeled as “Forums.”

You might even want to go ahead and disable your current labels system entirely, and the filters work well in differentiating between automated email and direct messages from humans.


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There’s also the ability to edit your smart filters, just like any other filter you have configured. This gives you total control over where you messages go and how you read them. We’ve got a bit of a guide about it right here How to Set Up Email Filters in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook Here's how to filter emails in Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook so you can better organize your inbox and stay productive. Read More , if you’re interested.

Will you use Smart Labels?  Would you trust it to filter and label your emails properly? Do you use any other Gmail Labs features? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Vibin
    March 11, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for notifying Tim, Its really a hectic task (atleast for me) to manually label all the incoming mails, Trying it now !

    • Tim Brookes
      March 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      No problems, it's a neat feature.

  2. Myspamchest
    March 11, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I prefer labels and filters. a ihave more than 50 so this feature is useless for me.

    • Kevin Rodrigues
      March 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

      I have my labels already set up and those seem to be performing better than the smart labels. Perhaps I need to learn more about the smart labels and how to configure them.