How to (Essentially) Block a Sender and Tell What You Did in Gmail

You tried to ignore those annoying forwarded emails. You’ve tried asking to be removed from the queue, and you may have even set up a filter to automatically remove new posts. But the letters keep coming. Take it one step further by letting them know you’ve blocked them.

Create a rule in Gmail that doesn’t just remove offensive email from inbox folders but also automatically replies with a message informing the sender that their messages have been blocked.

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  1. How to (Essentially) Block a Sender and Tell What You Did in Gmail
  2. An example of how you blocked a message from Gmail
  3. Enable Canned Responses in Gmail Labs

How to (Essentially) Block a Sender and Tell What You Did in Gmail

Gmail doesn’t have a feature to let people know when they’ve been blocked. Even the feature that allows you to block a sender only automatically moves their messages to spam.

You can still achieve this effect by combining a filter you probably already have with Gmail’s standard replying feature. It takes some tweaking, but it’s worth it.

  1. Make sure the lab Canned Answers enabled. (See below.)

  2. Click COMPOSE in Gmail.

    Of course, if hotkeys are enabled, you can also press . to press C

  3. Enter the message you want the blocked sender to receive in the body of the new email (see sample message below).

    Usually remove any signature that may have been added to your message.

    Gmail does not include the text of the original email in an auto-reply.

  4. Select extra options downward triangle ( ) on the message toolbar.

  5. From the menu that appears, select Canned Answers > New Prepared Answer

  6. Enter “Block Sender Auto Reply” (or whatever helps you spot the pattern, of course) in the box † Enter a new name for the prepared answer:

  7. Click Okay

  8. Now select the trash can icon Cancel draft on the message toolbar.

  9. If a message from the sender you want to block is at your fingertips:

    • Open the email from the sender to be blocked.

    • Select Yet on the message toolbar.

    • Select Filter similar posts in the menu that appears.

    • Make sure the field From in section Filter the correct address has been provided.

  10. If you don’t have an email from a sender to block at your fingertips:

    Select Show search options downward triangle ( ) in the Gmail search box.

    Enter the email address you want to block in the field From

  11. You can optionally check the box Has an attachment to block only emails with attachments, or type “Fwd:” in the Subject to block only messages that have (probably) been forwarded.

  12. Click Create filter

  13. know for sure Skip Inbox (Archive) marked.

  14. know for sure Mark as read also noted.

    Gmail filters don’t automatically reply to and delete the message at this time; only removal will take place. know for sure remove it not marked.

  15. Finally, tick the box Submit a completed response.

  16. Select the auto-responder template you created earlier (e.g. it’s called “Blocked Sender Auto-Reply”) from the drop-down menu Choose a ready-made answer…

  17. Select Create filter

You can regularly search and delete messages from a blocked sender.

An example of how you blocked a message from Gmail

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Enable Canned Responses in Gmail Labs

Follow these steps to add the Canned Response Lab to your Gmail:

  1. Select the gear icon Institutions ) in the top right corner of Gmail.

  2. Choose from the menu Institutions

  3. Open a tab Additionally

  4. know for sure To turn on selected for Canned Answers

    Find a lab Canned Answers enter “canned” in the section Lab search:

  5. Click Saving Changes

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