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Is there a way to create folders in gmail to MOVE emails out of the inbox?

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Is there a way to create folders in gmail to MOVE emails out of the inbox? RicoG 1/15/10 1:05 PM
Hello everyone, :)
 
Is there anyway to create real folders in gmail so i can save and organize my inbox emails i would like to keep for future reference?
It seems that if you use labels and then delete old emails out of your inbox that the items with labels get deleted also.
 
I am use to using hotmail where i can have seperate folders to move my emails into.
 
Any advice on how to save and organize my emails with "folders" using gmail would be very appreciated.
 
Thank you and happy new year!
 
RicoG
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Is there a way to create folders in gmail to MOVE emails out of the inbox? bkc56 1/15/10 1:23 PM
Gmail has labels not folders.  As you discovered, there is only one copy of each message, so if you delete it from anyplace (like the inbox) it's gone from everyplace (any labels you applied).

What you instead want to do is:

1.  Apply the label(s) to organize your messages.
2.  Archive the message (which really does nothing more than remove the Inbox label).

Alternatively you can use the Move To drop-down menu to apply a label which add the label and archives the message all in once step.

And any message with no labels will be in All Mail, so you can always find everything you have.
Re: Is there a way to create folders in gmail to MOVE emails out of the inbox? dring 1/15/10 1:48 PM
Is there a way to create a hierarchy within the labels - similar to folders?  Meaning, I have about 20 labels and I want all of them to now fall under one main label.  And I only want to see the one label unless I click on it to then see the 20 sub labels.

Any way I can do this to better organize my emails?

Thanks!
Dana
Re: Is there a way to create folders in gmail to MOVE emails out of the inbox? bkc56 1/15/10 2:07 PM
Gmail doesn't have label hierarchy, but you can fake it with creative label naming.  Let's pretend you want to make a folder named "Newsletters" with sub-folders for:  family, hobbies, work.  You could create labels:

newsletters/family
newsletters/hobbies
newsletters/work

So that it would look like you had hierarchy even though you don't.

There's no way to collapse/expand with the above.

That said, there is an add-on for Firefox that implements label hierarchy, but I've never used it so I can't comment on how well it works.