fixed : block sender in Gmail

Question :

I would like to never receive another eMail again from some people that keep sending me spam-eMail. How can I block the senders in my Gmail ?

Answer :

In Gmail, you can’t block a sender.

However : using a filtering action and ordering filtered eMails to be trashed will have about the same effect as blocking the sender.

Here’s how to do that :

– in your webbrowser (Safari), go to www.gmail.com

– login using your Gmail-address and your Gmail-password

– when your online Gmail eMail-client opens, go to the list on the left and select the mailbox where the eMail who’s sender you want to block is located ; this can be your “Inbox”, but it can also be listed under “More…” and then inside your “Spam” or “Trash” mailbox ; if you can’t find the eMail you’re looking for, try “All Mail”

– select the eMail message itself from the list in the middle of the screen

– when the eMail message opens, click on the ‘downward facing triangle’-button (the one that’s next to the date, there star and the reply-arrow), and select “Filter messages like this”

– in the window that opens, the sender you want to block will already be pre-filled in the “From”-field and all other fields will be empty ; leave everything as-is, just click on “Create filter with this search” (in blue, bottom-left)

– in the next window, put a check-mark at “Delete it”, and click on the blue “Create filter”-button

…that’s it !

TIP 1 : If you have any other senders you would like to block, just repeat the above steps for each sender.

TIP 2 : if you want to block multiple senders using just one filter, put all eMail addresses in the “From”-field and separate them by a SPACE, a |-sign (vertical separator) and another SPACE

TIP 3 : in the event that you change your mind and want to un-block a sender you’ve previously blocked, just login to your online Gmail account again and click on the sprocket (a.k.a. ‘gear’) icon ; in the pop-up menu that appears, select “Settings”, then the “Filters”-tab and click “Edit” to adjust the filter or “Delete” to completely get rid off the filter

Note : any new filter will only be filtering new eMails, not the eMails that have already entered your mailboxes, so all existing mails by the blocked sender have to be manually deleted also.

Any new eMail by these senders will now be deleted when it arrives, so you won’t see it in your online Gmail mailboxes, nor in Apple Mail.app on your Mac, any longer.

Enjoy !

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fixed : block senders of incoming spam eMails

Question :

I keep getting a lot of spam-eMail lately, most of the time from the same eMail-address.

Is there anything I can do to stop this ?

 

Answer :

The extend to which you can fix this, depends on the options given by your eMail-host, but bottom line it all comes down to configuring a filter.

– open Safari (or any other browser of your choice)

– go to your eMail-host’s internet page and login using your name/eMail and password

– go to the Preferences-menu and configure a filter there that checks all incoming eMails on the criteria you configure (e.g. the sender’s eMail-address) and sends all filtered-out eMails to the trash straight away (there might be a “block sender” option, but that’s not always the case)

If you manage to set a filter as outlined above, you will not get those annoying eMails on your Mac, nor on your iPad, neither on your iPhone.

Just make sure your filter doesn’t filter too broadly, as that would even ‘desired’ eMails will get placed in the trash without ever getting into your mailbox…

If it’s not possible to set the filter in your eMail-host’s server, you will have to set a filter on any eMail-app you use on every device (so on your Mac, your iPad, your iPhone, etc.).

Setting an eMail-filter on your Mac should be done like this :

– open Apple Mail.app and select the spam eMail in your inbox

– open Mail Preferences, click on the tab “Rules”, and click “New Rule”

– that will set a new filtering-rule, which has the spammer’s eMail address already in it

– additionally configure the action that all eMail of that sender should go straight to the trash [you can include multiple spammers or senders directly or at a later time, and sometimes it is even more effective to filter based on a specific (partial) sentence from the ‘Subject Line’ or ‘Body Text’]

If you think configuring filters is too complicated, you can also decide to keep on tagging unwanted (spam) eMails as ‘Junk’. Since the Junk-mailfilter teaches itself progressively, in due time all similar eMails will be automatically filtered out and placed in the ‘Junk’-mailbox.

Good Luck !

Enjoy !

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fixed : edit or delete Outer Glow effect from Illustrator EPS

Question :

I have added an “Outer Glow” effect to my vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator, but I have since altered the design of the drawing, and now I want to delete (or edit) the Outer Glow effect, but I can’t find the way to do so… What should I do ?

Answer :

“Outer Glow”, “Inner Glow”, “Drop Shadow” and “Feather” are some of the options of the “Stylize” feature in Adobe Illustrator’s “Filters” menu (on the top menu bar). They add effects that could previously only be created using Photoshop (because they are non-standard vector effects, they appear to be pixel-effects).

—- CREATE —-

To add an “Outer Glow” (or any other “Stylize”) effect to your vector drawing :

– select the objects you want to create the effect on

– go to the “Filters” (in the top menu bar) –> “Stylize” –> “Outer Glow” (or any other)

– in the window that appears, check “Preview”, adjust the settings (e.g. change the effect color) and press “OK” if you like the outcome

– Done.

—- EDIT —-

To edit an “Outer Glow” (or any other “Stylize”) effect that’s in a vector drawing :

– make sure the “Appearance” panel is visible (to do so, go to “Window” in the top menu bar and make sure there’s a check mark in front of “Appearance”)

– select the objects you want ot edit in your drawing

– look in the “Appearance” panel, there you should see the effect you want to edit listed (e.g. “Outer Glow”) with the indication “fx” behind it

– if you do not see the effect listed in the “Appearance” panel, you have probably selcted a Group of drawing elements, that does not have the effect applied the same way to all of them… to fix that, just ungroup the elements and select only the ones you need (again) until the effect appears in the list of the “Appearance” panel

– then double click on the effect’s name listed in the “Appearance” panel, and a window will popup in which you can adjust the filter’s settings

– Done. (but remember to re-group the drawing’s elements)

—- DELETE —-

To delete an “Outer Glow” (or any other “Stylize”) effect that’s in a vector drawing :

– make sure the “Appearance” panel is visible (to do so, go to “Window” in the top menu bar and make sure there’s a check mark in front of “Appearance”)

– in your drawing, select the objects you want delete the effect from

– look in the “Appearance” panel, there you should see the effect you want to edit listed (e.g. “Outer Glow”) with the indication “fx” behind it

– if you do not see the effect listed in the “Appearance” panel, you have probably selcted a Group of drawing elements, that does not have the effect applied the same way to all of them… to fix that, just ungroup the elements and select only the ones you need (again) until the effect appears in the list of the “Appearance” panel

– then click-and-drag the effect’s name listed in the “Appearance” panel onto the small Trash icon that is on the bottom of the “Appearance” panel

– Done. (but remember to re-group the drawing’s elements)