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Exclude label from a Gmail search?

You can do searches that exclude certain labels. That is, searches like this will do what you expect: (label:MyLabel1 AND NOT label:inbox AND NOT label:MyBadLabel1) That search will show you only ...
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How do I make a new Category on my Gmail Account?

The categories are created by Google and not user defined. You can create labels and attach them to emails but what you're asking is not possible
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Reorder labels order in Gmail

Gmail doesn't provide a way to reorder labels. They are listed in strictly alphabetical order. What I have done is put a relatively unobtrusive punctuation character in the front of the label. For ...
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Creating a filter in Gmail that applies more than one label

The post from artlung has the right idea (the easiest way to do this is to edit the filters as XML), but the XML code he posts actually does not do what the original poster requested. The original ...
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Gmail label vs category

Categories are tabs you can have display in your Inbox to help you organize your incoming messages automatically. You can almost also treat them like labels. Labels are "tags" you put on messages. ...
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How to mark all emails as read on a certain label with several sub labels

select the label, in the search bar, it will show label:mylabel - add label:unread and search. select all messages by ticking the top left checkbox if there are more unread messages than can be ...
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Exclude label from a Gmail search?

You can try -(label:labelname) enter your search here for more labels to be excluded just continue the following syntax: -(label:Inbox) -(label:Updates) -(label:Social) enter your search criteria Hit ...
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Gmail Hide Left Panel/Sidebar: Labels, Inbox, Everything!

The solution I ended up with is from this site. Install the "Stylish" Chrome/Firefox plugin Install the "Gmail autohide sidebar" style
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How to remove multiple Gmail labels

I wrote a script to add to Google Scripts. function removeLabel() { var labels = []; labels = GmailApp.getUserLabels(); //Loop through all Labels for (var i = 0; i < labels....
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How to filter by messages, not by conversation?

I had a similar problem, the only way around it was to... first disable THREAD views, which you can do in Gmail > Settings > Conversation View => Turn off. After you do that you can search/create ...
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Is it possible to "hide" a sub-label in Gmail?

You can hide only first level labels from the label list, which will include all of it’s children, but you can’t hide the children on their own. The only hack I can think of is to make your sub-...
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Creating multiple Gmail labels

In straight-up Gmail, no, unfortunately not. The only way I can think of to do it would be to get a third-party email client that supports IMAP and allows for quick folder creation like that. Then ...
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Gmail search for unstarred emails in a label

The issue is that the star is associated with a message, not the entire conversation. So when you use: is:starred it returns all conversations where at least one message in the conversation has a ...
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What's the difference between the Gmail label buttons?

When you have multiple messages/conversations selected and you click the labels button there are three options for the list of labels presented: empty: none of the messages/conversations selected are ...
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How can I make all forwarded emails go into a designated folder?

That's as simple as creating a Gmail filter: Matches: to:(thatotheremailaddress@gmail.com) Do this: Apply label "The Label I Want" There are a couple of different paths you can take, but this ...
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Can I display a nested label in the parent label?

You will need to add the parent label as well, even if the sub-label is supposed to be nesting. When you look at the list of labels, you will see the parent and sub-label (or child label) as separate ...
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Create Group Email from Labels

Presently, there's no way to compose a new group email based on conversations in a label. You can however, create a Contact group from an email message, rather than navigating to the Contacts page. ...
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How to recover the label 'Deleted' in Gmail

Deleted items is not a system label like Spam or Trash (Bin if you are using English-UK), it's a custom label. You could add it manually, by adding or connecting the third-party app that created it ...
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View filter(s) that are currently being applied to an email message

Unfortunately neither the GmailApp API nor the advanced Gmail API have any way to read your filters let alone what filters were applied to an email. Assigning each filter a unique label to assign ...
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How can I exclude archived messages from the multiple inboxes view?

You've got it a bit backwards there. "Archive" simply means to remove the "Inbox" label. So, if something is "unarchived", it means it's still in your Inbox. label:Family in:inbox Just a note: AND ...
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How do I limit search to a folder in Gmail?

By folder, you mean label right? If you navigate to a label, it should already populate the search bar with the format needed. So if I have a label called "Finances" the search should be label:...
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Prevent Gmail from assigning a category when the message has a user-defined label (Multiple Inboxes enabled)

The correct category to assign via a filter, would be "Personal".
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How to notify another mail about incoming mail with a specific subject or label in Gmail?

I ran into the same issue here 5 years later. Neither Gmail or IFTTT solved the problem for me. I signed up on https://zapier.com/ using my Google account. Using this, I was able to make a "zap" that'...
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Different labels from when email is addressed to me and when only copied to me

Filter 1 In the "To" field type your email address. Filter 2 In the "Has the Words" field use: cc:your_email@gmail.com
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Different labels from when email is addressed to me and when only copied to me

To get around the fact that "to" usually means "to or cc or bcc" try using the minus operator. Adjust for BCC as needed. With these rules I believe BCC will still land in your inbox but I did not ...
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How to clean up Sent Mail

Actually, Sent mail in Gmail isn't a folder nor a label. It's a system view similar to "All Mail". The only way to remove messages from there is by deleting them. Remarks (Update) As @user829755 ...
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Changing all occurrences of one label to another when there is more than one page of results

Go into Label A and click the checkbox within the Select button to select all of the messages on the page. Look above the first message but below the action buttons, and you should see a notification ...
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How is stars different from labels in Gmail?

You could consider stars to be another label; you have flexibility in how to use them. Stars are, however, treated a bit differently than labels. For instance, there is a search operator for stars: ...
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