How to forward messages directly in gmail

Gmail is one of the largest email service providers in the world. It has many features such as controllable spam, unlimited storage space, chat, labs etc. You can also set filters to forwarded certain pre-defined emails to another email address and this can be done easily by making a few changes to the Settings – Forwarding and POP/IMAP page.
Follow this step by step tutorial to learn How to forward messages directly in Gmail.

Step # 1: Go to Settings

To begin, sign into your Gmail account by going to and typing your username and password and clicking ‘Sign in’. In the main page of your Gmail account, go to the gear shaped icon on the top right and click on it, to open a drop down menu. In this menu, move your cursor down to the tab ‘Settings’ and click it.

Open Settings

Step # 2: Go to tab ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’

In the Settings page, move your cursor to the list of options given on the top. Click on the fifth tab named ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’. In this page, the first section will be that of Forwarding with an option to add a forwarding address, click it.

Open Forwarding and POP/IMAP

Step # 3: Add a forwarding address

In the window that opens up, enter the forwarding address where you would like the messages to be forwarded to.

Enter a Forwarding address

Step # 4: Click Proceed

In the next window that appears, verify the email address that you had entered and confirm that there is not mistake. If all appears to be right, click on ‘Proceed’ as shown in the picture.

Select Proceed

Step # 5: Enter verification code

Back in the Settings window, a verification field is given. Enter the verification code you have received on the email the forwarding is set on and click on ‘Verify’ to continue. Save all changes made before exiting the window.

Key in verification code

Step # 6: Type search criterion to begin forwarding

Back at the main page of Gmail, move your cursor to the search field, click and start typing the search criterion to being forwarding messages with relevant subject. In this picture you can see that all email containing subject ‘Skype’ are to be forwarded to a pre-specified email address. After you have selected the relevant changes, click on ‘Create filter’.

Enter search criterion to start forwarding

Step # 7: View confirmation message

You can see in the picture below that once all changes have been made and saved the details are shown as a message. On the top of the page, there is a confirmation that the filter has been created and furthermore, it is detailed in the page that the filter is being applied to all emails coming with the subject ‘Skype’.

Display confirmation message