How to create folders in Gmail to better organize your inbox

Gmail uses a labeling system rather than traditional folders to help you organize your inbox. Labels in Gmail work similarly to folders but offer more flexibility, as you can apply multiple labels to a single email. Here’s how you can create labels to better organize your inbox:

  1. Open Gmail: Log in to your Gmail account using a web browser.
  2. Navigate to Labels Settings:
    • Click on the gear icon (Settings) in the top-right corner of your Gmail interface.
    • From the dropdown menu, select “See all settings.”
  3. Go to Labels Tab:
    • In the Settings menu, click on the “Labels” tab.
  4. Create a New Label:
    • Scroll down to the “Labels” section.
    • Under the “Labels” section, you’ll find a list of existing labels.
    • To create a new label, scroll down to the bottom of the list and find the “Create a new label” option.
    • Enter the name for your new label and click “Create.”
  5. Customize Label Settings (Optional):
    • After creating the label, you can choose to nest it under an existing label by selecting the option “Nest label under” and choosing the parent label.
    • You can also choose to display the label in the label list, show it in the message list, or even use it as a color label.
  6. Apply Labels to Emails:
    • To apply a label to an email, open the email by clicking on it.
    • Click on the “Label” icon (it looks like a tag) at the top of the email.
    • Select the label you want to apply from the dropdown list. You can also create a new label directly from this menu.
  7. View Labeled Emails:
    • On the left side of your Gmail interface, you’ll see a list of labels. Clicking on a label will display all emails with that label.

Remember that labels in Gmail can be applied to multiple emails, allowing you to organize your emails based on various criteria simultaneously. While the terminology might be different from traditional folders, the functionality is quite similar.

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