I’ve set up a lot of Gmail filters and they work great, but I need to get rid of one. How can I delete a Gmail filter, Dave?
Google has made it really easy to set up and add new email filters with your Gmail account [not sure how to do that? Check out my tutorial: How to create Gmail mail filters] but editing your filters or getting rid of them entirely is a bit more tricky because you have to wade through the poorly designed settings and preferences area of the service.
I know, you’re saying “Dave, they just released a big interface update, doesn’t that fix the Settings?” If only. Fact is, the interface tweaks and AI additions are all about your inbox and nothing about settings and preferences. But if you’ve been using computers for a while, you can wade through the nerdy complexity of the Gmail settings with me and we can do just fine.
To start, go to the gear icon on the top right of your Gmail screen and click to bring up the main menu:
As shown, you want to choose “Settings” to proceed. Now along the top of your screen are the main categories, shown as if we were still in 2001 or something 🙂
There are a zillion settings and preferences you can tweak here and much to study and consider, but for this task, you’ll want to click on “Filters and Blocked Addresses” to get to the right spot in Gmail.
Now you’ll see a list of all your active Gmail filters, like this:
Now you can scroll down to find the specific filter you want to edit or update. For me, it’s this one:
Between the previous filters and this filter, you can see that there are a lot of ways you can match incoming email and a lot of things you can apply to those that match. Darn useful, really and I can’t imagine surviving my daily email onslaught without the dozens of filters I have on my own Gmail account.
Anyway, the filter to “Subscribe to Dinner with a Critic” is obsolete. To delete it is a breeze now that we’ve found it: Just click on “delete“. You’ll be asked to confirm the action:
Sure you want to delete this particular filter? Click “OK” and it’s done.
And that’s it, now you know how to delete (and if you click “edit”, edit) Gmail filters!
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