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?


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. – ale 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). – ale May 6 '13 at 18:24
  • If you've already got the dialog open, you can use the "has the words" field. – ale May 6 '13 at 18:50

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