Easy Gmail Address Hacks to Give Yourself More Email Addresses

Use an email hack to automatically filter incoming emails

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It seems like just about everyone has a Gmail address. If you are one of those people, and you love Gmail, but you'd like to have more than one email address for your account, you have a few options, although they are not widely known.

With these hacks, you give yourself several email addresses that you can use to automatically filter your email or figure out where someone got your email address.

Add a Dot Anywhere

Does your Gmail address have a period in it somewhere? It can. Gmail ignores periods and doesn't allow spaces, so "My Example Name" turns into something similar to my.example.name@gmail.com.

As it turns out, my.example.name@gmail is the same as myexamplename@gmail.com or my.e.xa.mple.na.me@gmail.com. That's because the periods don't matter to Google at all. They're filtered out. You could use the period when you give your email out to people and skip it when registering for an account. 

You can use this to your advantage if you want to register for something using the same email address more than once, such as separate family accounts on websites that ask for email addresses but don't email anything. Some sites are savvy enough to pick up on the fact that you're using an email hack to create two (or more) email addresses that are — in reality — the same address, so it's not always going to work.

Add a Plus Tag as a Filter

Not only can you add a dot anywhere and still get email at that address, but you can also add a secret tag. Add a plus sign and another word at the end of your Gmail address, such as myexamplename+resumes@gmail.com. That address goes to your regular address, but it is automatically filtered into a Resumes tag — after you set it up to do so. Here's how:

  1. Click the Settings cog at the top right side of the Gmail screen, and select Settings in the drop-down menu.

  2. Choose the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.

  3. Select Create a new filter. In the To field, type your normal Gmail address plus a tag, such as myexamplename+jobs@gmail.com.

  4. Click Create filter to return to the previous screen. Check the box next to Apply the label. Choose an existing label or enter a new one in the drop-down menu. Click Create filter.

  5. Place a check next to Matches: to (myexamplename+jobs@gmail.com) to apply the label you just selected to all incoming email at this address and filter it to the tag you chose or set up.

That's it. With this new-found knowledge, you can register different addresses at different sites to filter your incoming email automatically. Print business cards with tags. Give clients different tags for different projects. You can even use this trick to filter out spam: When you sign up for a contest, use a specific tag and send the tag straight to the trash when the contest is over.