Introduction to Labels in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What are Gmail labels: getting started

  • Labeling is Gmail’s way of sorting messages. Labels are like folders, but better.

How are labels different from folders

The main differences are the following:

  • You can attach multiple labels to a single email
  • Deleting a label does not delete the emails that have the label
  • Deleting an email removes it from the mailbox completely, disappearing from all labels

Types of Gmail labels

Introduction To Labels In Gmail
  • There are two types of labels. 
  • There are built-in Gmail labels like Inbox, Starred, Sent, Drafts, All Mail, Spam, Trash – these are always just below the Compose button. There are also other labels that appear when you click More.

Custom Gmail labels

  • Custom labels that you make appear under LABELS on the left. 
  • You can hover over any label to edit it, or click the + button to the right of LABELS to create a new label.

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