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Thursday, September 13, 2007

How to Create Folders in GMail Web Interface

Everyone know that GMail is one of the best solution for processing emails, especially emails with high attachment (GMail now supports 20 MB of attachment). But most of them complaint about one many drawback in its online interface, yes, we can’t create folders in GMail. But after a small research with GMail, I managed to find a solution of this problem.

I don’t know whether you know about this, but I just wanted to share this information with everyone.

Here is the actual solution:

First create labels as per your requirement
Next, select the email(s) that you want to transfer to a folder
After selecting it, apply the label that you want
After that “archive” it

That’s all! Your emails will be now segregated into folders :) navigate to each end every label, as if you are using folders.

Hope this small piece of information will help, but the easiest way it to configure it to outlook or outlook express or any email client and segregate it to folders… ;)


Update:

Now you can create nested labels. Like folder inside folder, you can have label inside label. Now it is even simple to categories and store your emails.

To enable "Nested Labels" got to "Setting" on top-right corner of your online Gmail inbox and click on "Labs" and enable "Nested Labels" and save

Settings --> Labs --> Enable Nested Labels --> Save --> :-)

and this is how you create nested labels:

"Add slashes (/) to label names to express inheritance. For example, if you want a Home label with two child labels named Kids and Shopping, create the three following labels: Home, Home/Kids and Home/Shopping."

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38 Comments:

At 7:16 AM, Blogger Baiju.k.b said...

Awesome....

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Baiju,

Thank you :)

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger affsar said...

thanks buddy, its a nice work around.great job

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Malika said...

Thanks so much!

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks affsar and malika :-)

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Bhagyeshsoni said...

Hi This was a very useful information. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 11:28 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks Bhagyeshsoni!

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger marius said...

Dude... i'll be honest with you ! I'm using Gmail for like 2 years now and I've never had this idea ! Work amazing ! Thank you ! You're a life savior !

 
At 4:13 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Oh wow! Thanks a lot Marius :)

 
At 2:49 AM, Blogger Juliana said...

wow.. it's really helpful. Thanx so much for sharing the knowledge...

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Juliana, thanks and welcome :)

 
At 3:13 AM, Blogger Taryn said...

I've also been using gmail for years and never worked this out. I had the filters...

Thanks alot!

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Taryn, you are always welcome :-)

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Thank you sooo much! This was extremely helpful.

 
At 2:55 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Welcome Laura :-)

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Sandeep said...

Thank you for such an useful advice....

 
At 3:37 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Welcome Sandeep!

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Kay Somji said...

Hi, I created a label but I forgot to hit archive and now it seems like all those messages have been deleted...they don't show up in my inbox and the label is empty.

Any help?

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Kay Somji said...

It's ok, they were in the trash so I restored them :)

 
At 5:34 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Kay Somji, Good to know that you have recovered your emails :)

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Blog Piaget said...

Easy:
setup your Gmail account with GMAIL,(IMAP option)
Create your folders and :
taraaaaa! you have folders (they act like folders in Outlook but like labels archive in GMAIL

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Blog Piaget,

Good tip for offline email storage.

But my suggestion is for the GMail users who wants to use the web interface and doesn't want to download it :)

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger er said...

IT WAS OK BT PLZ TELL WILL IT SHOW IN LEFT SIDE OF GMAIL .I M NOT ABLE TO SEE THE FOLDER\
PLZ SUGGEST THE SOLUTION

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger Matt said...

ER, it will be under "Labels" and not "Folders"

 
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At 2:23 AM, Blogger François [faf] said...

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At 11:18 PM, Blogger jayashree said...

Thanks a lot Matt... My mailbox is more organized now... Very nice workaround :)

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Welcome Jayashree!

Now, even you can drag and drop emails into any labels.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Katrix said...

Bravo!!!

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks Katrix :-)

 
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At 12:15 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks Alex :-)
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At 9:12 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Most Excellent!!!
Absolutely Perfect!!!
Awesome Thanks!

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks Ron!! You are welcome :-)

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger rajkumar said...

Hi,


Thanks, its working good

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Mohit said...

hey thts a gud alternative...!! thanks buddy....!!

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Thanks and welcome Mohit :-)

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Naresh said...

thanks ji

 

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