How To Create A Label & Group The Emails In Gmail?

Labeling emails can help you access messages quickly.

how to create a label in gmail
Illustration: Fossbytes / Priye Rai

Many Gmail users have hundreds of emails lying dormant in their inboxes. This makes it hard to find important messages from the huge pile of emails when the need arises. To prevent this scenario, you can use “labels” to organize your emails in Gmail. This article shows you how to create a label in Gmail.

Fundamentally, labels in Gmail are similar to folders in Windows. You can pick up emails of your choice to put in a particular label to group them. Just like folders can store subfolders within them, labels can also store sub-labels within them. This trait further provides users with an even better organization.

Although labeling emails puts them into pre-defined categories, these messages stay in the inbox. If you only want to de-clutter your inbox and remove inactive emails, you can try archiving emails in Gmail.

How do I create a label in Gmail?

  1. Visit Gmail and log in to your account.
  2. Scroll down to the menu and click on “More.”
more dropdown menu button

3. Select “Create new label.”

options for creating a new label

4. In the pop-up window, enter a name for your label. If you want to put this label inside another existing label, check “Nest label under:” and select the parent label from the dropdown menu. Then, click on “Create” to finish.

adding new label in gmail

Now, you can organize your emails by sending them to this label. From your inbox, select the relevant emails, click on the label icon, select the label name and click on “Apply.”

sending emails to label

How do I delete a label in Gmail?

  1. Open Gmail and log in.
  2. Scroll down to the menu on the left and click on “More.”
  3. Select “Manage labels.”
manage labels in gmail

4. In the Settings menu that opens, scroll down and click on “remove” next to the desired label.

Show hide labels

5. Click on “Delete” to confirm the decision.

remove / delete label confirmation in gmail

This is how you should use labels to categorize emails in Gmail. For more how-to guides like this one, check out our Gmail Guide thread.


Why can’t I create a new label in Gmail?

If you can’t find a way to create a new label in Gmail, check if the label name you are trying to add already exists in your account. Also, it’s important to note that you can only add labels using Gmail’s desktop/laptop version.

Where is the labels tab in Gmail?

The labels are on the same menu as the inbox. To see all of them, scroll down and click on “More.”

Why can’t I see my labels in Gmail?

If you don’t see a particular label, chances are it is hidden in the “More” dropdown menu.

Is the label the same as the folder in Gmail?

Yes. The label is for Gmail as the folder is for Windows.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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