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I have different people who email me about the same subject, e.g, WBR and AIB both email me about HP201. However, so far as I can see Google only allows the sub-label HP201 to be attached to one parent. Aside from making HP201 a parent itself is it possible to make it a sub label of WBR and AIB?

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No. A label can only have one parent (or no parent).

You could probably make two different "HP201" labels to put under their respective parents.

Really, though, you have a use-case for not having "HP201" as a sub-label. It should be a label unto itself. That way you can easily find all of the "HP201" conversations, "WBR" conversations, and "AIB" conversations. A quick search (label:HP201 label:WBR) will easily find the conversations with both labels.

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I suspected that would be the answer, thanks! I am familiar with the SEARCH facility but how would I search both labels at once as you suggest? –  ALAN HARRIS May 6 '13 at 15:12
    
Just like I wrote it: label:label1 label:label2. –  Al E. May 6 '13 at 16:27
    
Yes thanks. Sorry to sound incredibly stupid but which of the boxes would I enter the label info in? "Subject", "Has the Words" etc? –  ALAN HARRIS May 6 '13 at 17:05
    
Just type in the search box. Don't hit the down arrow on the right (which opens up the advanced search dialog). –  Al E. May 6 '13 at 18:24
    
If you've already got the dialog open, you can use the "has the words" field. –  Al E. May 6 '13 at 18:50
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