Google's version of folders in the context of email organization. They are essentially tags that can be assigned to an email message. A message can have one or more labels.

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How can I filter my Gmail messages that aren't labeled?

I'd like to sort all of my Gmail messages that don't have label, so I can process them (I miss some every now and then). I can sort by every label by clicking on it at the left, but how do you sort ...
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Label outgoing emails in Gmail when composing the mail

I try to label every single conversation that is in my Gmail inbox. For incoming mails this is super straightforward. I just hit L, type the first few letters of my desired label and hit Enter. So far ...
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What's the difference between the 'Move to' and 'Apply label' features in Gmail?

I'm confused about the Move to and Labels feature in Gmail. What's the difference between the two? Why does the Move to option not appear sometimes?
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Is there a way to display the number of messages for any label in the Gmail label list?

The Gmail sidebar displays the list of our labels (or some of them, according to settings). Next to every label name there is a number showing how many unread messages we have for that label. Is ...
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How to show messages whose only label is “Inbox”?

I have a ton of labels. How do I tell Gmail to show all messages which are in my INBOX and have no label?
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How can I import mail from one Gmail account to another, preserving my label structure?

I'd like to import mail from one account to another, but I have 10 or so labels in the one I want to export from. What's the easiest way to get the same labels on the same email messages on the new ...
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How do I organize my labels in Gmail?

I have more than 100 labels in my Gmail account. They are currently displayed as a long list on the left side of the screen, and it's becoming quite difficult to use. Is there a way I can group ...
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Searching within Gmail's nested labels

Consider this setup in my Gmail inbox where I have 3 lists: mailing-lists/first-list mailing-lists/second-list mailing-lists/third-list If I want to search for all unread messages in any sub-label ...
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Creating a filter in Gmail that applies more than one label

I've been using Filters for a while in Gmail but have always been wondering if such a feature is available. Is it possible to somehow have a Gmail filter apply more than one label? As you can see ...
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Searching GMail for messages without a particular label

I need to find, in GMail, a list of all my unread messages — which I can get via is:unread or label:unread or l:^u — which do not have the label "ZDNet." In other words, my requirement is ...
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How to add filter and label to group in Gmail contacts?

I have my Gmail contacts sorted into groups. In my mail I also have labels associated with filters-for specific people I have a filter associated with a label. For the filter creation, how do I ...
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How to remove multiple Gmail labels

I have imported old emails from Outlook backups in my Gmail account and I ended up with 1000+ labels in my system. Is there an easy massive way to remove them and keep only ~10 my usual ones?
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Automatic labels in Gmail?

Is there some way to make Gmail apply a label to incoming mail automatically based on the sender? For instance if Bob is my client, and all contact I have with Bob is work-related, can I make Gmail ...
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Remove Important Label from Gmail

The Important label shows up on the left sidebar, and I want to get rid of it. I can hide it under the "X more" dropdown, but that doesn't get rid of it but only hides it. Also I don't want to mess ...
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How do I add automatically labels to the incoming emails in my Gmail account? [duplicate]

How do I add labels to incoming emails that I am sending to myself. I saw somewhere that it is possible to send emails to myself using specially formatted email addresses that are containing the ...
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How to make Gmail automatically label incoming emails

I would like to set it up so that Gmail labels incoming mail based on which business email of mine the emails are sent to. I have two business emails that come to my Gmail account. For instance, if ...
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How should I explain to a “normal” person about gmail labels?

As a computer programmer I have no problem understanding labels/tags. However I find it very hard to make people understand that an email can have more than one label. Also I find it hard to ...
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Gmail filters/labels: Force email to stay in Inbox?

I receive email to these addresses: my-team@example.com : This is my team's primary method of communication. I want all of this email to go to my Inbox. other-team@example.com : This belongs to ...
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Is it possible to merge two labels in Gmail?

I have too many labels and lots of rules that move email into these labels. Is there any ability to merge a label into another one and have all of the current rules follow so they will move email into ...
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Removed label from message in Gmail, and message disappeared!

I had one label on a message, and then I clicked "Remove Label" when that message was selected. Now I can't find that message - it's not in the Inbox, and of course not in the label that I removed ...
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Automatically download all attachments from Gmail with a specific label

Is there a way do download every attachment within a label? I want every PDF invoice I get to be put in my file system. So I figured I'd need Google Drive. But I only did find some Chrome extensions ...
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How to move Gmail sub-label out of hiearchy

In Gmail, I have some hierarchical labels: A/B/C I want to make C a top-level label, but can only find a way to rename it in its current position in the hierarchy or introduce a new hierarchical ...
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Search for emails belonging ONLY to the specified label

How do I search for the emails that belong only to a specified label, and do not belong to any other labels.
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Export all sender's email addresses for a specific label in Gmail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Get e-mail addresses from Gmail messages received I have a site with a contact form that sends messages straight to my inbox, and I've set up a filter to give all those ...
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Where does an email go after removing a label in Gmail?

I will try to walk through the scenario which leads up to my questions. Steps: I get an email in my inbox I drag it over to a label. So the email is removed from the inbox and shows up when I ...
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Can I add a description to a Gmail label?

Is it possible to add a description to a Gmail label, akin to the tag wikis of Stack Overflow?
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How do I move a search-filtered set of emails into another folder?

I'm trying to clean up my Gmail inbox which has become swamped. My first step is to unclutter it by breaking it up into folders of related mail. That will let me deal with incoming mail appropriately ...
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Custom Gmail labels sort

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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Automatically apply parent label to sublabel in Gmail

When labeling a message with a nested label the message does not appear in the parent label, which in my opinion would be the power having a label hierarchy. Is there a way to automatically apply the ...
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Gmail - problem with Hangout and filters

I've set up filter in Gmail to label all mails/chats/hangouts with my wife. Filter is quite simple: from:her-email-address@gmail.com set label "Wife" never send to spam But now every ...
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Labels don't display alphabetically in Inbox

Just like the title says. I have a work label marked with a exclamation point in front of it so that it's always at the top of my label list. The list looks something like this: !Work Alice Mark ...
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In Gmail can I set up a filter for all messages between a group of people?

I run a choir consisting of a few friends (12 to be precise) and we tend to communicate via mass email to each other. I want to set up a filter in GMail so that it will label all emails to do with ...
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How do I apply multiple labels at one time in Gmail?

In Gmail you have to type in a label, click it to accept it, then click labels again to type in another one...etc. etc. for all the labels you want to apply. Is there a way to apply multiple in less ...
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What's a keyboard shortcut for Gmail to show the unread messages with a specific label?

I want a keyboard shortcut to take me to the list of unread e-mails with a specific label. I can type g + l then type the label name and is:^u, but I want to know if it can be done with a shorter ...
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Gmail filter not from address conversation

I created a filter that matches all the automated messages sent from a service, marks them as read, archives them (skips the inbox), and adds an "Automated" label. This works great most of the time, ...
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Nested labels have disappeared when I removed “parent” label. Where did they go?

I created a label in my Gmail labels and nested other labels under it. When I went to remove the created label this message appeared: The following labels will be removed from your messages and ...
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How to set the color of a label in Gmail to a default color once too many custom colors have been created?

I use labels and custom label colors in Gmail a lot in order to help me organise my inbox. However, I have now hit the limit on the number of custom colors that I can use. When I try and add a ...
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Create Dynamic Gmail Labels From the Email's Subject

Is there anyway to set up a filter that will create and apply a new label for every word in the subject line? Something like label:{subject} maybe? Obviously I wouldn't be using this for standard ...
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How can I see how much space a label or folder is taking up in Gmail?

Is there a way to see how how much space a label/folder is taking up on Gmail ? I know I can see the overall account info at the bottom i.e., "x of 15gb" - but is there a way to break this down by ...
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Gmail Filtering: How to filter by messages, not by conversation?

I have been emailing my Gmail account error messages from a project I am working on. I am trying to use GMail filters/labels to sort out the class of errors. But because the subject line is ...
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How to mark all emails as read on a certain label with several sub labels

How can I mark all emails as read on a certain label with several sub labels in Gmail? I have a label, say Projects, with several sub-projects, like ProjectA ProjectB, ProjectC underneath it. Is ...
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Is it possible for there to be multiple labels to emails in gmail?

If an email applies to more than one filter (with associated label) will the email display all the labels for the relevant filters?
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In Gmail, how do you hide labels from the “Move To” dropdown menu?

I have several labels in the "Move To" dropdown menu, and I'd like to keep the labels but hide some of them. Advice?
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Filtering archived messages in Gmail

I've done a lot of searching and experimenting with this and can't make it work. Basically I, like most, get a lot of email that isn't spam but isn't interesting. I read the first line preview and ...
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How to manage labels in GMail with keyboard?

At work we use Google Apps. I like to assign mails that are important to my work with "todo" and after I did them with "done". I am pondering a way to do this efficiently and preferably without the ...
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Archiving old googlemail labels

I use a lot of labels for tagging my email in googlemail, they are really useful and all that but I find that I have a label named say 'Amsterdam' which was for something that is no longer relevant ...
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Creating multiple Gmail labels

Is there a way I can create multiple sub-labels instead of one by one? I have created the following labels -2015 -January -3,4 -10,11 -17,18 -24,25 -February -31,1 -7,8 ...
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Making pre-existent Gmail labels into sub-labels

I have two Gmail labels, "Basketball" and "Student Council". My question is this: How do I make both of these labels into sub-labels of another label, "Extracurricular"?
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Sort Gmail inbox messages by label

I use labels extensively in my Gmail inbox. Is there any way to sort by label? Seems like that could be quite useful.
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What other settings could prevent the “Go to Label” feature working in Google Mail?

The "Go to Label" Lab feature should work as follows: Press g then l (goto label) Hovering input box opens Start typing a label's name or a folder name (Inbox, Trash, etc.) Suggestions appear as I ...