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 but because labels are listed in alphabetical order it will push down more relevant labels which I have to scroll for.

Is there anyway of effectively archiving these labels whilst still keeping them?

  • ...zAmsterdam ! Oct 2, 2010 at 11:38
  • That is one way I guess! If you want credit post it as an answer. It might be the only way to solve my issue.
    – Toby
    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:41
  • It wasn't really a serious suggestion. (; Oct 2, 2010 at 12:04

1 Answer 1


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 label will become a sublabel for Old.
  • If all you want is to archive the conversations, search for label:Amsterdam, select all the conversations and archive them.
  • I don't like the idea of hiding them but the idea of nested labels I think is the answer! Cheers!
    – Toby
    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:42
  • @Toby Glad it solves your problem. I like hiding them; they're still easily accessible (there's a link below all the labels that shows the hidden ones), they're just not in my way.
    – alex
    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:47
  • I decided to use a combination of solutions 1 and 2. I created a new label called "Archived Labels", set the labels I wanted to archive as sub-labels, and then made "Archived Labels" hidden.
    – Ajedi32
    Nov 8, 2012 at 15:00

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