Sunday, January 20, 2013

Generating Additional E-Mail Addresses from GMail

There are two really great ways to use your Gmail address that can give you greater control over your inbox and save you time and headaches. When you choose a Gmail address, you actually get more than just "" Here are two different ways you can modify your GMail address and still get your mail:

  1. Insert one or several dots (".") anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn't recognize periods as characters in addresses -- instead, they are just ignored. For example, you could tell people your address was, but that address has some visual problems. However, tell them instead your address is
  2. Append a plus ("+") sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, if your name was, you could send mail to or
The great part...for both of these tricks, you need to configure or set up ABSOLUTELY nothing other than have a GMail address. You have infinite e-mail addresses available to you, with just one account.

One of the significant values in being able to manipulate your email address is that it makes it really easy to filter on those variants. For example you could use when you sign up for online banking and then set up a filter to automatically star, archive or label emails addressed to

You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, you might add "+donation" when giving money to a political organization, and later when you see emails from other groups to that address, you know exactly how they got it. Then build a filter, perhaps to auto-delete.