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Create labels to organize Gmail

You can make labels that store your emails. You can add as many labels as you want to an email. 

Note: Labels are different from folders. When you delete a message, it will be erased from every label that's attached to it and your entire inbox.

Create a label

Tip: Your labels only show in your inbox, not the recipient’s inbox.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left, scroll down, then click More.
  3. Click Create new label.
  4. Name the label.
  5. Click Create.

Edit & delete labels

Edit a label

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, move to the label's name.
  3. Click More More.
  4. Edit the label.

Delete a label

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, hover over the label's name.
  3. Click More More and then Remove label.

Add a label

Label messages in your inbox

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Select the messages.
  3. At the top, click Labels Label.
  4. Select a label, or create a new one.

Label a message you're writing

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. In the bottom right, click More More.
  4. Click Label, then select the labels you want to add.
  5. Click Apply.

Move a message to another label

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Select a message.
  3. At the top, click Labels Label.
  4. Uncheck the current label, then select a new label.
  5. Click Apply.

Show or hide labels

Choose whether or not your labels show in the Menu list to the left of your inbox.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings and then See all settings.
  3. Click the "Labels" tab.
  4. Make your changes. 

See more than 500 labels

On the left side of the page, you can see up to 500 labels. You can have labels within other labels. 
Note: If you have more than 500 labels, the list may take longer to load. 

Your labels show up depending on whether conversation view is on or off.

  • If conversation view is off: Labels will only show on individual messages you labeled. If someone replies to that message, the label won't show up on the reply.
  • If conversation view is on: When you label an entire conversation, the label will only show on existing messages, not new ones.
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