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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New in Gmail Labs: Filter import/export

beaker Using filters in Gmail has made most of our work easier and faster. Today Gmail team has added one more new feature in Gmail Labs: Filter import/export. Which made our filters more easier to use by giving an option of importing filters as well exporting filters also. Below you will find the explanation and snap-shorts of this new feature.

With this new feature you can:

  1. Export your mail filters as a file.
  2. Back them up.
  3. Share them or
  4. Even save them before deleting so you can restore them later.
  5. Import one of these files to quickly add or restore filters.

Steps to enable Filter import/export:

  1. Login to Gmail.
  2. Go to the following path Setting –> Labs tab and scroll down to locate “Filter import/export”.
    gmail_filter_import_export
  3. Select “Enable” and then click “Save Changes”.
  4. Now go to the following path Setting –> Filters

    gmail_filter_import_export_1
  5. Tick the check boxes of filters which you want to export by clicking the “Export” button
    gmail_filter_import_export_2
  6. Or you can import a filter which want to use by clicking the “Import filters” link

    gmail_filter_import_export_3

Below are some cool things which can be done with this new feature:

  1. Make a back-up of your filters by exporting all you filters.
  2. Share your filters with other people. If they are also getting similar mails from a sender. Like in offices.
  3. Use the filters which is needed, by temporarily deleting other filters.
  4. When want to use it again just re-import them from the exported file.
  5. As the file are saved in XML format its light, easy to use  and editable.

So  get your hands on this new feature in the Gmail Labs and to get more information about the XML file you can have a look at the Gmail Labs user group for Filter import/export.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Drop your comments here.

[via: Official Google Blog ]

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