Users of Google’s email tool will agree: the best part about using Gmail is the ability to personalize your experience. And one of the best ways to organize and customize your email time is to create custom labels and filters. And luckily, it’s easy and quick to get yourself coordinated.
For starters, Gmail comes equipped with some pre-made labels. Select a category like Work, Receipts, or Travel to quickly sort your emails into the proper place. Hunting down a flight confirmation, office expense sheet, invoice, or meeting notes is simple as clicking on that label and finding what you’re looking for in a matter of seconds.
To take the concept a step further, you can create custom labels within your Gmail account. With a varied selection of labels, it’s easy to organize your email as quickly as it comes in. You can create category labels for your friends, family, blog and newsletter subscriptions, humorous forwards, or just about any other emails you receive on a regular basis.
To create a custom label in Gmail, start by looking below the inbox on the left side of the page. Click on the link that says 5 More, and, from the drop down menu that follows, select Create New Label. In the window that pops up, you can enter a name and then click OK. Once you’ve created as many labels as you need, you can drag and drop them into the order that works best for you.
Another way to further personalize your labels is by color-coding them. Simply position your cursor just to the left of any label’s name, and click on the arrow that appears. A drop down menu will show up, allowing you to assign a colored square to that label. This lets you see, at a glance, which email belongs in which category.
Once you’ve created and color-coded your personal labels, you can manipulate them to your heart’s content with the Manage Labels link. Found directly above the link to create a new label, this will allow you to position and change up your categories to your heart’s content.