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I want to sort the labels in my own order instead of the default abc order, so that, for example, the label named bills should come up first.

Any way to do that?

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You are talking about the list in the left-side column, right? – Alex May 11 '12 at 10:05
Related: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/1915/… – Al E. May 11 '12 at 13:35
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I see two options. One of these may meet your need:

  1. Use the old trick of starting the label name with an underscore. That puts it at the top of the list. If you have more labels you want near the top, it will put them in alphabetical order. You would also use a combination of underscore and a number to force the order you want so that _1Zoo will come before _2bills

  2. Use multiple inboxes. This will let you put the extra inbox above, below or to the right of your main inbox. I use multiple inbox to display specific labels. Use the search query "is:bills" (without the quotes) to put all emails with that label in the extra inbox. You turn on multiple inboxes under the labs section of the settings page.

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I use option 1, but I use a variety of punctuation (! $ *) to group some labels together. – Al E. May 11 '12 at 13:34
I find that the greater-than symbol > looks best, but that's obviously a personal choice. – Phong May 11 '12 at 21:30
so we need to really wait for google do give an option like sorting the label ... – Jayapal Chandran May 15 '12 at 11:00
a) prefixing random symbols to force a sort order is bogus; b) worse, the sort order differs between Gmail (on Chrome on a Wintel PC) and the Gmail app on Android. See blog.andy.glew.ca/2013/09/partially-explicit-sorting.html, especially the comments. The Gmail app on Android seems to use ASCII, but I haven't figured out what the PC order is - not EBCDIC. – Krazy Glew Sep 18 '13 at 14:35

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