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PostPoints tip: expiration dates for (some) e-mail

Just because your e-mail account may include unlimited--or nearly unlimited--storage doesn't mean you can't have too many messages piled up. Thing is, many of these e-mails only require a single reading: Think of "your account statement is ready" notices from a credit-card issuer, "view your bill" updates from the gas or electric company, or the messages an airline sends about its weekly e-fare specials. Those messages have a shelf life measured in weeks, sometimes even days, after which they're a waste of mailbox and screen space. So the next time one of those e-mails shows up, click the "Subject" or "From" header in your mail program to group earlier messages with the same topic or sender (in Google's Gmail, you'll have to do a search for those terms), then delete everything older than the latest message. Now if only somebody would ship an e-mail program with a filter that did this automatically for the messages of your choice...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 12, 2009; 12:14 AM ET
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