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Updated: There is a blog today about updated Gmail search modifiers that allow you to do this with a simple search! has:nouserlabels Note: Because of Gmails threading you will have labels on some of the messages in the derived list because some messages in a thread will have labeling while some won't. Original answer: The Gmail advanced search help page ...


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I use the Nested Label ability in Gmail Labs. It works very well for maintaining a hierarchical system of labels.


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is:unread -label:ZDNet


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As of November 2012 this is now possible with a simple search has:nouserlabels Finds all messages without any of your own labels (excludes automatic labels like inbox, spam, and trash). Since Gmail applies labels to individual messages, you might see results that appear to have labels; in this case, another message in the same conversation thread has ...


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You can partially solve this using filters, if outgoing emails could be found with them. I do this for some frequent mail recipients, using filters on "To:" field and "Apply the label:" as action.


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All mail in Gmail is in the All Mail label, unless the message is deleted. Even Inbox is just a label. When you add or remove a label, the email is still in All Mail, it just also shows up in the other label if it's labeled. Note: even All Mail is a label, it just is the only one that can't be removed (except by deleting the message).


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One way you can do it is by using the minus operator on the label operator. So for example: -label:tag-a -label:tag-b -label:tag-c or for one-word tags: -label:{taga tagb tagc} This is probably only practical if you don't have a lot of labels. Additionally, if they don't change often, you can include a link to this search so that it easily accessible ...


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Just tell them that every e-mail is like a movie. The same movie can belong to more than one categories/genres like comedy, action, adventure, etc..


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No, there is no way to do this. But, you can use the Google Labs project Filter import/export under Settings > Labs in Gmail. Install Filter import/export in Labs Create your filter Go to Settings > Filters Check the checkbox next to your new filter Click "export" at the bottom, this will create an xml file called mailFilters.xml You should have a ...


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I can think of two options available, neither of which are elegant: Add a -to:my-team@example.com to all the other filters that may archive the message. Use a variation of the above but instead of hard-coding the address, add a descriptive label. There's no option to send an email to the inbox via a filter. Your only option is to prevent the message from ...


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Sorry, probably not the answer you were looking for, but here are the rules that work well for me: Simplify your life. Do not have 100+ labels. Use a few, well chosen, simple, labels. I have around 10. Use "search". Since the "search" in gmail is astoundingly fast, usually you do not need to use labels. Use the search in gmail to find the email messages ...


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It seems as though there are 3 modes when viewing Gmail messages: 1. Mailbox Mode: Invoked by: clicking a mailbox on the top left (e.g. Inbox, Starred, etc.). Interface: Blue URL: ends with #inbox, #starred, etc. Top left button: For Spam and Trash: Delete forever For all the rest: Archive Buttons available: Labels and: For Inbox, Spam and Trash: Move ...


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One thing I do to "group" some labels together without using nested labels is to prepend them with the same punctuation character. + _ ! | \ etc. Then I can get my most important labels bubbled to the top and mostly ignore alphabetization. !Dad !Mom !Work \Listserve1 \Zymurgy _Facebook _Twitter Bob Steve WoW


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Look in your All Mail folder. Inbox is basically a label just like a custom label you create. When you remove all labels for a message, then it won't show in any of them (obviously), but it lives in the All Mail category. This is also what happens when you archive an email. You could also do a search for this particular email.


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Sure. You need to create a filter. Matches: from:(bob@example.com) Do this: Apply label "CLIENT" Matches: to:(my-alternate-email@example.net) Do this: Apply label "non-work related"


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There is no easy way to do that, except to create a third filter and apply it to mails with the existing 2 labels.


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Go to Mail Settings Go to Inbox tab In the Importance markers category, select No markers In the Inbox sections category, at Important, click on Options From the dropmenu select Remove section This way, you don't have the markers anymore and you get rid of the category as well. Also, you might want to set your Inbox type to Classic.


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I recently found a workaround that is good enough for me: After sending an email Googlemail shows a message like "Your message has been send. View message". If you are quick enough to click at "View message" you see your just sent message again and then can use the "L" key to label it quickly. At least this is one click less than and much faster loading ...


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Google has the operator has:nouserlabels now. It works like a charm for what you want to do. I don't know why it was so difficult to find for so long. Maybe it is fairly new.


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You can apply labels to drafts, and they seem to stick after the message is sent. To do this, you have to start the message using the "Compose mail" link (or 'c' shortcut), save it as a draft, then open it via the "Drafts" section. It's an extra step, but since I often write messages and come back to them later to polish and send it works for me.


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You can create filters in gmail using the 'settings' option. There you can specify various things such as. Sender's address, recipient address, subject line. etc. You can then add a label to these emails and this will show up in the left hand side of your inbox. Also, if you want to filter by recipient address, you can reformat your email address. For ...


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It is totally possible to update all the filters. The basic idea is that you will export all your filters and then replace all references to the old label(s) with the new label and reimport them into Gmail. Below are instructions on how to do this. For just a few labels you might as well go in and change each one. In Labs there is a lab to import and ...


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Yes, it will display all that apply. For each filter you're able to assign one label. If you happen to have multiple filters catch the same email, they will each label the incoming mail accordingly.


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Of course there is; that's just basic filters. Here's one way to make such a filter: In the Gmail search box, search for messages sent to your email address, like this: to:example@firstbusiness.com Assuming you got some results, click the small arrow on the right side of the search box. This will bring up the advanced search menu. Click "Create filter ...


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It is now possible to label and/or "star" messages when you send them. Official Gmail Blog: Star and label messages before you send them When composing a new message, you can assign labels or star it by using the labels drop-down menu. As you’d expect, recipients of messages organized this way won’t see your labels or stars.


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You can search for emails that belong to a specific label using the label:mylabel <include search terms here> syntax, and you can exclude messages from a specific label using the -label:mylabel <include search terms here> syntax. So what you want can be accomplished using a combination of these both. You have to compose a search string ...


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Go to Mail settings Go to Labels Search the label you want to un-nest Click on the Edit link in the right side Uncheck Nest label under: Click Save


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In my case I had lots of rubbish in the All Mail folder, mail that should have been deleted but accumulated there for some reason. I wanted to get rid of it without touching anything that was labelled including the nonuser labels. This did the trick: has:nouserlabels -in:Inbox -in:Draft -in:Sent


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One method is to CC the message to yourself -- or even better, to yourname+waiting@gmail.com -- and have a filter on your e-mail address which then applies the Waiting label.


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There are quite a lot of ways to solve your problem: You can hide the label, so you don't have to see it every time: go to Settings > Labels and choose the labels you want to hide. One other way would be to use nested labels. You need a root label; you can call it Old, for example. Then, rename the Amsterdam label to Old/Amsterdam. That way, the Amsterdam ...



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