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Get Unlimited GMail addresses using Plus Addressing

GMail is one of the best Email services available today with lot of features and an excellent spam filter. Another feature of GMail is that it allows you to create multiple e-mail ID with a single account. All you need to have is a GMail account and here is a simple technique to create multiple e-mail id’s using this account.

Multiple e-mail ID can be create using the feature of plus addressing. To create this, go to the Settings option in your Email. Navigate to Filters->Create new filter.


Here in the To field enter your email ID + the name you would like to create. For eg; if your Gmail ID is, you can create a filter all your mails regarding your blog. Next you need to specify where you would like the mails to this ID sent to. You can select anyone of the five options, sadly there is no create folder option.


Thats it, now you can use the email ID and all mails to this address will be filtered according to the criteria you have selected. This is particularly useful if you are subscribed to news letters and you don’t read them often. By this method these mails can be directly sent to Archives folder.

Many of you might be already using this service and those who are not, start creating new IDs.

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    June 21, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Very cool…GMAIL RULES!!!!

  2. kuanhoong

    June 21, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Yeah I am using this method to filter out my incoming gmail.

  3. shashank

    June 21, 2007 at 8:37 am

    thanks for the great post never knew these things about gmail. also i miss the create folder option you only have a option of applying labels in gmail whereas in yahoomail you can create a another folder and move all your mails to it.

  4. Techie Buzz

    June 21, 2007 at 8:47 am

    I used this option with a few sites and it worked great, however it does not work with certain sites which do not accept + in the email address.

    It would be great if gmail would provide a . or a _ as an option.


  5. Brown Baron

    June 21, 2007 at 9:00 am

    I might have to try this one out. Very convenient tip. 😀

  6. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 9:33 am

    One thing sadly missing in GMail is the folder option which is available in most of the other mail services.

    You are right, not all services offer plus addressing. I tried this with my live mail and its not accepting ‘+’.

    @Brown Baron,
    This is very convenient if you have subscriptions. Do try it out.

  7. vaibhav

    June 21, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Yes, a real nice service by google. These services can be expected by google only. Still, what i feel is that instead of “+”, they could have given the option to use “_”, then it would have been more fun and more realistic email ID’s

  8. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I too felt that instead of +, they could have provided ‘_’ as GMail dont allow these in normal Email ID. Plus addressing is also supported in other mail services, but not all.

  9. shashank

    June 21, 2007 at 10:04 am

    hey will you please remove that joke toolbar ad from your site …i am home presently …it makes me little uncomfortable .

  10. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Which ad are you referring to? I didn’t understand the Joke tool bar ad! 😥

  11. Vijay

    June 21, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Instead of the folder option gmail uses labels, so I guess we have to be content with that..
    I did make a post about this sometime ago..
    And I’ve used it ever since.. But it is better to use disposable mail IDs

  12. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Even if GMail provides label option, still the mail would be in Inbox itself, whereas in folder option, it would go directly to that specified folder.
    If we want to subscribe for news letters, its best to use this method rather than going for disposable ID.

  13. kanak

    June 21, 2007 at 10:56 am

    other than create folder, Gmail doesnt even have block email address option like in Yahoo etc , where you can block the emails from a particular address. Instead it directs it to spam folder, if you report it as spam , but anyway i have to check my spam folder as at times my legit mails also end up there. 🙁

  14. shashank

    June 21, 2007 at 11:30 am

    in which too animals are there and its says:
    joke toolbar
    is there something about this picture that makes you laugh. 😯 ..its a bannerconnect ad .

  15. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Its not possible to filter out those ads in Bannerconnect, but I have removed that ad and kept another one.

  16. shashank

    June 21, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    but its still there…that means you don’t have control of the bannerconnect ads displaying at your website..ok leave it .

  17. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    I thought you were referring to the ad after the first post, but i think you are referring to the ad just below this comment box. You are right with the fact that I cant control the banner connect ad, I’ll have to remove all banner connect ads. 😥

  18. Clara

    June 21, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks nirmaltv, this will make organizing my mails much easier.

  19. Shankar Ganesh

    June 21, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    I never knew this. Thanks. Will come handy.

  20. ram

    June 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Nice post nirmal, i never knew this option existed. 🙄


    June 21, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Nice Post Nirmal. Thanks

  22. Thilak

    June 21, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Yeah, this is one of those cool features GMail has to brag about. Works best in handling spam (in my case)

    Stumbled this post!

  23. Internet Tv

    June 21, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    great trick.. this is why gmail is the best.

  24. EngineerTiat

    June 21, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the tip!

  25. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks everyone for the comments and Stumble. 🙂

  26. Vijay

    June 21, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    The lack of folder has sometimes frustrated me, but I am getting used to labelling now. I would prefer folders anyday of course

  27. KoolGuy

    June 21, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Hmmm vry koooool man. Nice tip.

  28. nirmaltv

    June 21, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Almost all the Email service like Yahoo, Live mail and even Rediff allows folders. Cant understand why its still not implemented in GMail.

  29. Ashish Saini (Ashfame)

    June 22, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for sharing this mate! 😉

  30. Madhur Kapoor

    June 22, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Great article Nirmal , never knew about this thing .

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  32. Beta3

    June 26, 2007 at 6:36 am

    Cool tip! I love Gmail.

    Its true that there is no folders in Gmail but filters works in the same way. To make it work like folders check skip inbox and apply label. This will make all the mails of selected category to be forwarded to the ‘filter’

  33. Mr.Byte

    June 26, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Yeah good one….but + symbol in the mail-id looks a little weird…they could have used something else…

  34. DeeJay

    June 29, 2007 at 7:02 am

    Useful tip.

  35. Ehsan

    June 30, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Nice tip didn’t knew about this before certainly looks cool

  36. Oznob43

    July 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I heard about this somewhere last week, and someone suggested adding something like +whateverforum or +whateverblog whenever you have to enter your email somewhere, so that you can see if anyone sells your email address. Do you know if that would work, or would spammers automatically remove the +?

  37. nirmaltv

    July 1, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    I’m not sure if spammers will remove it automatically. And also some forum dont allow you to enter the email id with a ‘+’ symbol.

  38. Ankit

    August 26, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Hmm…pretty good tip…Thanks for share this with us…We can also use unlimited yahoo addresses…for it click on option and choose dispossible mail addresses…

  39. Gravity

    February 29, 2008 at 7:27 am

    great share, thnx alot =)

  40. Hani Mourra

    July 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Great post! This goes very well with this video tutorial on how to stay organized with Gmail:

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