Inbox by Gmail has 2 killer feature: snoozing messages to a later date and bundling, i.e. grouping messages by label in the inbox,

As far as I understand bundling brings three limitations.

  1. You cannot give more than one label to a message, what has long been a distinctive Gmail feature. This makes some sense in the inbox, because grouping can happen only by one given label, but not when you archive messages (now you mark them as "done").

  2. You cannot manually label messages in the inbox (without a label automatic filtering rule). Now I understand that, if the idea is to group inbox labelled items, labels not intended for bundling are moved from the inbox. But why bundling labels require an automatic filter, why they can't be assigned manually to messages is something I don't get and don't want.

  3. Finally (perhaps to discourage manual bundling), there are no shortcut facilities to select the desired label.

As for manual bundling there is a workaround. In fact despite you need an automatic filter, you can still bundle manually other messages not matching it.
Given this, I create a never matching filter, say mail from [email protected]
Since there is a an automatic filter, this can be declared as a bundle and I can manually attribute the bundling label to messages as desired.

As for multiple labels I don't know how to workaround the limitations, and the same is for label autocompletion.

If you have some workarounds, please help.

  • Could you clarify what you are asking? I don't find any obvious questions in your text. Apr 12, 2015 at 19:45
  • @Punchlinern: removing or give a workaround for the three limitations
    – antonio
    Apr 13, 2015 at 1:52
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    Inbox by Gmail was retired in April, 2019 and is no longer available.
    – ale
    Jul 4, 2019 at 21:05
  • @ale: do you think I have to delete this post?
    – antonio
    Jul 4, 2019 at 22:07
  • No, it doesn't necessarily need to be deleted. It's got no answers, though. If the score goes down it will be auto-deleted in any case.
    – ale
    Jul 5, 2019 at 12:34


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