Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

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.

share|improve this answer
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

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.