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 type to a dropdown list
  • Select a label from the list / type the whole label
  • Submit
  • Page in:<name> (or label:<name>) opens

HOWEVER When I trigger the keyboard shortcut, hovering input box opens with l already put*. Suggestions won't appear. Nothing happens when I press enter.

2011-06-30 Pressing g then l won't even show the input box anymore.

The feature is broken. I have tried Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera on OS X.

I have the following other Labs features enabled**:

  • Extra Emoji
  • Search from autocompletion
  • Undo send
  • Add images
  • Unread messages icon
  • Send & Archive
  • Mark as read button
  • Title improvements
  • Fetch POP-accounts
  • Recently used Emoji
  • Signature tweaks
  • Go to label (duh)
  • Message peek

Are any/some/a combination of these known to be in conflict with the "Go to label"? With my current Labs settings there is quite a lot of possible combinations, so trial & error might not be worth the hassle as I still can use the search box and click on the labels on the list on the left.

Also @Al Everett confirmed the Go to Label works for him as advertised, so I believe some other Lab feature is preventing it from working correctly. (I might investigate this, unless someone knows the answer straight away.)

For what it's worth, I actually have Google Apps mail — but a help article suggests the versions don't differ that much.

*) The l isn't input in Firefox, otherwise it (dys)functions the same
**) These are translations from their Finnish namesakes so it may not be 1:1 correct.

  • I can't reproduce this; it works as advertised for me. Is this still happening to you?
    – ale
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 17:46
  • @Al now that you mention it, pressing g then l will not do anything anymore for me; won't even show the input box (tested Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari on OSX). Could you tell me what other Lab features you are using? Commented Jun 30, 2011 at 10:02
  • A lot of them. I'm not using mouse gestures or custom keyboard shortcuts, which I think would be most likely to interfere. I'm also not using Google Apps, which may be the key difference.
    – ale
    Commented Jun 30, 2011 at 12:12

2 Answers 2


I had the same problem, but the solution for me was to disable the "Preview Pane" Gmail lab.

  • Disabling the "Preview Pane" fixed this for me. Thanks Ben.
    – Luke
    Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 23:45

It seems the problem is in the language versions:

  • Tried vanilla GMail account (w/ keyboard shortcuts turned on) with all the same Labs enabled → not working
  • Disabled all other Labs but "go to label" → not working
  • Switched language to "English (US)" → works

I tested some other languages as well. Both English US & UK seem to be the only ones that have working Go to label feature. (I was going through the language list alphabetically and when all Spanish, German and French failed, I stopped.)

Changing the language to English in my primary Google Apps Mail account "solved" the problem there too.

UPDATE Using the Gmail's new look also seems to fix the issue. (Well at least for Finnish, so probably for other languages as well.)

  • Thanks Koiyu, you hit the point! this is a language issue. I changed into english and now "g+l" works again. It's kinda weird because I have always used the same language in gmail (catalan) and "g+l" worked as well. Thanks!
    – user12026
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 6:45

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