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How to Create Sublabels in Gmail (And Why You Should)

Joel Lee 24-11-2016

Email organization is the bane of office life. When working in a large team, it’s common to get dozens of emails every day — and if you have any sort of public-facing email address, you could receive hundreds. It’s easy to drown under all of those emails.


And the sad thing is that most of us only use two email categories: Inbox and Trash. Throw in the juggling of multiple email accounts and you’ve got a recipe for chaos. If you fear opening your inbox, then you may benefit from using Gmail sublabels.


For example, you can create a label for “Work” and then sublabels for different projects, a sublabel for reimbursable receipts, a sublabel for threads between you and your boss, etc.

  1. Click the arrow in the sidebar to open up the menu, and all the way at the bottom click on Create new label.
  2. Give the label a name, whatever you want.
  3. Click Create new label again.
  4. This time, give the label a name, enable Nest label under, and select the label you want to use as the parent label.

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How do you use labels in Gmail? Got any other Gmail tips for us? Share with us in the comments below!


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  1. Gisela
    November 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Careful with too many labels and filters. Remember that each new email will be scanned by all filters to apply the assigned actions, and that may slow down your account. In server level, both filters and labels count as account activity, and you may find out that your Gmail interface is painfully slow if you abuse those.