How Can I Sort Mail in GMail?

sorting-snail-mailIf you’ve used Gmail long enough, you’ve probably notice the ‘tabs’ across the top. These tabs can be useful in that you can drag individual emails into one of the ‘tab’ group and declare that new emails from that sender be sent there, too. Beyond that they are limited in that you cannot rename them and you cannot set up filters to sort emails into them.

The solution is to create multiple inboxes. For example, you could create a separate inbox for ‘Subjects’…

  • work related emails
  • for church related emails
  • for family related emails
  • for sports related emails
  • for a hobby related emails
  • etc.

OR filter emails FROM particular email addresses OR TO particular email addresses.

Then, whenever you wanted to look at your email related to one of those topics you can just click on that inbox. Any emails that don’t apply to the ‘filters’ you set up will go to your primary inbox.

Here’s how you do it (this looks hard, but it isn’t – take your time)

  • Click on the ‘gear’ at the top right
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Click on ‘Filters and Blocked Addresses’
  • Click on ‘Create a new filter’ and choose an approach…
    • ‘From’ – add email addresses
      • Gmail will insert a comma between each – when finished, change the commas to ‘Or’
    • ‘To’ – add email addresses
    • ‘Subject’ – ex: work, church, family, sports, hobby related emails
    • ‘Has the Words’

IF the email doesn’t actually include the ‘subject’ or ‘particular words’, but you want it in that folder – simply forward the email to yourself and include the ‘subject’ or ‘particular words’. 

  • Click ‘Create filter with this search’
  • Next screen…
    • Click ‘Skip the Inbox (Archive It)
    • Click ‘Apply the label’ > ‘Choose Label’ > ‘New Label’ – enter the name of the filter
    • Click ‘Never send it to Spam’
    • Click on ‘Also apply filter to __ matching conversations’ to include previous emails
    • Click on ‘Create Filter’
  • Click on the ‘gear’ again and ‘Settings’
  • Click on ‘Labs’ (across the top, pretty far to the right)
    • Click on ‘Multiple Inboxes’ and ‘Enable’
    • Click on ‘Save’ at the bottom.

Prediction: Voice Search Will Soon Become More Popular Than Typing Into A Search Box

A speaker at the SMX West 2016 (Search Marketing Expo and Conference) in San Jose made that bold prediction. Indeed, voice activation control of computers is becoming more and more common. Just a couple of weeks ago I solved a student’s inability to type by showing her how to type in Google Drive by her voice.

The prediction was presented in’s article – “The rise of personal assistants and the death of the search box: Columnist Eric Enge recaps the SMX West 2016 keynote by Googler Behshad Behzadi, who envisions a not-too-distant future in which voice search becomes more ubiquitous — and may even replace the search box.

The article ‘speaks to’ (pun intended) to the future of search and how it is changing quickly toward voice commanded search.

Talking to Siri on an iPhone or another voice activated device is not that different from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk communicating with his computer as shown in this YouTube video –

Not on board yet? That’s okay. You may be sooner than you ever imagined though. More and more voice activated devices are being put on the market and the prices and the abilities are improving rapidly. If you watch TV, you’ve even seen more commercials featuring them. A Super Bowl ad for Amazon Echo featured Alec Baldwin, Misty Elliott, Dan Marino, and Jason Schwartzman.

Other devices that are voice activated that you might have heard of include:


  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple iPhones, Watches, etc.
  • Honeywell Smart Thermostat
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smartwatch 3
  • and many more.


Here is a list of 15 voice activated devices.


What is this VR or Virtual Reality like? I’ve seen a glimpse and WOW!

Just the other evening something on TV or something made me think, “I would like to learn more about VR (Virtually Reality), Google Cardboard, etc.”

The NEXT morning one of my students randomly said, “Mr. Jones, do you want to try my new Virtual Reality headset?”. Immediately, I said, “YES!”

(UPDATE: Ironically, a week later I got my second opportunity to experience VR at the Azalea Festival Street Festival compliments of Wells Fargo.)

Here is a video showing excerpts of the game, ‘Smash Hits’ that he let me play. Unfortunately, it nor pictures can do it justice – they are flat and not 3D, not to mention NOT Virtual Reality.

The headgear fit much like a ‘c-pap’ machine and doesn’t do much for your hairstyle either, similar to the c-pap. LOL

Me wearing 'VR Gear powered by Occulus' headgear









The headgear was a Gear VR powered by Oculus.

Gear VR powered by Oculus headgear










A Galaxy S7 smartphone was attached to the front.

A Galaxy S7 Phone was attached to the front of the VR headgear


The experience was AMAZING! I could not believe how real it felt – I felt immersed in the game, felt like I would hit walls, fall off cliffs, etc. When I pulled the headgear off it was the weirdest feeling to see the real floor and things around me – It was like I exited another world!

I found out that the game is a mobile game that had been adapted for VR. I am not a ‘gamer’, but I could get addicted to it! Here is an article about it – ‘Mobile success ‘Smash Hit’ is even better in VR‘.

Here is a screenshot from the article –

Screenshot of 'Smash Hit' from



Here is a Wikipedia article on Samsung VR Gear, the headset the student owned.

VR headgear styles, functions and prices very greatly. Many eagerly anticipate the release of Vive VR which is available via pre-orders for $799.

Here are some more reasonably priced examples:

The headgear like the student had is currently available for under $100…

A less expensive kind that I’d like to try…

…Then there are lots of versions of Google Cardboard that are well under $20 (some under $10).


Learning more about VR or Virtual Reality >

Google Knowledge Panels now offer ‘Share’ option

Have you noticed the little panel of information on the right of SOME Google search results? Example: Google Search on ‘Ukuleles’

In the example below the ‘knowledge panel’ is shown below ads.

Google Knowledge Panel

Note the ‘ > ‘ share symbol to the right of the bold word ‘Ukulele‘. When you click on that you will be shown sharing options.

Sharing options for Google Knowledge Panels

Here is an article to learn about other features – “Google Knowledge Graph Panel Adds Share Feature & More

The Many Colors & Options of GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH

Have you noticed the colorful changes to Google Image Search? Now when you do a search, you’ll see bars or buttons of colors across the top. These are clickable filters that you can select to get more precise search results. (Source:

Here is an example:  See the image below AND click here for the actual search.

Google Image Search with color filters

Take a second look at the example above. Another set of very useful features you probably have never used lie beneath the button ‘Search tools’. Options include:

  • Size selection
  • Color selection
  • Type (Face, Photo, Clip Art, Line Drawing or Animated)
  • Time (date which image was posted OR found)
  • Usage rights
  • More tools (currently includes ‘show size’)

One more thing…did you know that you do a ‘reverse image search’ by uploading a picture. To be successful in finding a similar image, it has to be a basic picture without a lot of background and details. It isn’t easy to find a match but give it a try – what have you got to lose!

Monitor Election Buzz w/ AP news,Twitter & Google

Election Buzz from AP news, Google and Twitter

This 2016 Presidential Election season will undoubtedly go down in history. Are you interested in the ‘buzz’ of what people are saying? introduced a way to monitor it – “Twitter, Google, and the AP are teaming up to launch a tool to monitor election buzz….You can drill down to view the past 24 hours, the past week, the past month, or everything since August 1, 2015, to see how major events like debates, caucuses, and endorsements have changed public interest in the election. Meanwhile, the tool shows the top election issues being searched on Google and discussed on Twitter over the past 24 hours.”  (Source: ResearchBuzz)

Buzz –

Article about it –