How to use labels in Gmail

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  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Labels do all the work folders do and give you an extra bonus: you can add more than one to a conversation. Once you've created a label, you can view all the messages with that label by searching, or by clicking the label name along the left side of any Gmail page. You can easily create, edit, and delete existing labels. Here's how:
    To create a label:

    1. Click the Labels drop-down menu or if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled, type l.
    2. Select Create new.
    3. Type the name of your new label and click Ok
    Any selected messages will automatically be categorized under your new label. If you'd like to keep organized, you can remove a labeled conversation from your inbox by archiving it and view it later by clicking All Mail, or by clicking the label name along the left side of any Gmail page. To apply a label to a message, you can select the checkbox next to the message(s) in question, and then select the label name from the Labels drop-down menu (or you can label a single message while you're reading it by using the drop-down menu or the keyboard shortcut L). To edit a label name:

    1. Click the Labels menu or type l with keyboard shortcuts enabled.
    2. Select Manage labels
    3. Click rename next to the label you want to edit.
    4. Enter the new label name, and click OK.
    All the messages categorized under your old label name will now be categorized under your new label. To delete a label:

    1. Click the Labels menu or type l with keyboard shortcuts enabled.
    2. Select Manage labels
    3. Click remove next to the label you want to delete.
    4. Confirm that you'd like to remove the label by clicking OK.
    * Removing a label doesn't delete the messages previously categorized with that label.
    Use the Move to drop-down menu or the keyboard shortcut v if you want to apply a label to a message and move it to that label at the same time.
    Learn the basics of using labels to better organize your mail.

    Source Google. View a brief demo
     


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