There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organising my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn't going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or tools to do the task for me. I needed to Ron Swanson my inbox -- roll up my sleeves, jump in, and manage the mess manually.
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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews dropping today and the movie launching on Thursday night, it's hard to avoid spoilers (or avoid the movie at all for that matter). Here's how to set up automatic blocks both globally and on specific websites so you can avoid reading a single new spoiler or rumour.
One of the best things about Gmail is its robust filtering system. It's easy to route very specific types of messages to different folders or relegate them to the archive easily. Now, you can supercharge Gmail's default options with these system labels that let you search unsearchable folders or root out specific types of messages.
If you're really lucky, you won't have to deal with too much spam making its way into your inbox. Email providers have never been better at blocking and filtering spam, but you still probably get unwanted newsletters and notifications. Here's how to deal with the spam that makes it through your filters.
Dear Lifehacker, I have a few friends and relatives that are hell bent on forwarding me every joke, cat picture or political rant that comes into their email inbox, and it's getting really annoying. I've asked them to stop, but some of them still persist. Is there a way I can just send them automatically to the trash?
With the iPad 3 (supposedly) launching soon, movie spoilers hitting the internet before a trailer is released, and the general overabundance of news online, it can be difficult to avoid learning things you don't want (or care) to. Here's how to set up automatic blocks both globally and on specific websites so you can avoid any type of news.
It's pretty frustrating when you email someone about something, they forget to respond, and by the time you remember you wanted to follow up with them, the original message is buried in your sent items folder. Instead of wasting time digging through it to find the original email, this suggestion from GTD Times gives you a folder full of your must-follow-up on messages that you can review easily.
Eli Pariser, former director of MoveOn.org, noticed that he and his friends ended up with very different search results when searching for the exact same things. Google (and other sites) are filtering out the stuff you might not like, putting you inside an isolated search filter bubble. This is a problem, but one that's easily remedied.