How To Create Folders In Gmail

Last updated Monday, October 17, 2022

How to make a new folder in Gmail

Gmail calls folders "Labels" - but they work the same way.

  1. Login to Gmail in your browser
  2. Scroll down Gmail's left-hand menu
  3. Find "Labels"
  4. Click the + next to Labels
  5. Enter a name for the new folder

Or, on Gmail mobile

  1. Open the Gmail App
  2. Click the menu icon in the top left
  3. Click 'Create New'
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  1. Prioritize your inbox with time management folders
  2. Fly through folders faster by sorting them
  3. Know who you need a reply from, and if you've got it, with a Waiting folder
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How to create sub folders

This is especially useful for project folders, which tend to have a hierarchy of sub projects.

  1. Scroll down Gmail's sidebar
  2. Click the + next to Labels, and check "Nest Label Under", then select the parent folder.
  3. Or, find the parent folder in the sidebar, click the 3 dots to the right of it, and choose "Add sublabel" from the dropdown.
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