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Automatically sort incoming mail

Yahoo Groups no longer offers the "Daily Digest" option. However, you can quickly set up your email system to automatically sort your incoming mail into multiple inboxes. Available in almost all email systems.

This is the most efficient way to use any distribution list or newsletter subscription -- not just Yahoo Groups -- and can be used to manage incoming mail related to certain subjects or people. With pre-sorted mail, you can efficiently deal with similar messages together. 

Periodically open each of your "inbox" folders and scan the new messages by subject line or author. Delete the ones you are not interested in. Open the others. Reply, save, or delete as appropriate.

Once you take a few minutes to set up your email to automatically sort your incoming mail into a few "inbox" folders, you will never go back to having one overwhelming random inbox!

How to do it:

1. Create a couple of folders in your email program. (Depending on your email system, you can name a folder with a number, exclamation point, period, or hyphen as the first character -- so that it will be first in the list of folders.)

2. Make filters. You have to experiment a bit -- for example some email filters ignore punctuation characters, like the [Square brackets] in email list subject lines.

- Gmail............ Gear icon > "Settings" > "Filters and Blocked Addresses" > "Create a new filter"

- Yahoo Mail.... Gear icon > "More Settings" > "Filters" > "Add new filters"

- Outlook......... Gear icon > "View all Outlook settings" > "Rules" > "Add new rule"

- Apple Mail..... Open selected message > "Mail" menu > "Preferences" > "Rules" > "Add Rule"

- AOL Mail....... Options > "Mail Settings" > "Filter Settings" > "Create Filter"

Have directions for other email systems? Please email us: info@hpalumni.org

Updated Feb 20, 2020


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