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Star emails in Gmail

When you star emails in Gmail, you mark them as important. This helps you remember to look at them later. 

Star an email

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. From your inbox, go to the left of the message, then click Star Star. If the message is open, click More and then Add Star.
  3. If you have multiple stars, keep clicking the star icon until you see the one you want to use.

Search for your starred emails

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, click Starred. You may need to click More first.

You can also use shortcuts to find starred messages by searching is:starred or has: with the star's name, like has:yellow-star.

Add more star options

You can add stars of different colors, or other icons.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Stars" section.
  5. Drag stars between "Not in use" and "In use."
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

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