New Labs Feature for Gmail: Hide Read Labels
Article by George Norman
On 28 Sep 2009
Gmail Labs is the place where Google’s software developers post the ideas they came up with, ideas that would make Gmail a better online service but are not yet ready to be implemented into the email client by default – like for example the option to play voicemail messages from your Google Voice account. According to at least one software engineer, mainly David de Kloet, what would make Gmail better is the option to hide labels into the “More” menu when they do not contain any unread messages.

“A lot of people want to see their labels in order to see which ones have unread messages, but they don't want a long list of label names cluttering up the left hand side of their inboxes. To help out with this, we've made a Gmail Labs feature called "Hide read labels." This is particularly handy if you use your inbox as a to-do list where unread messages are the outstanding things you need to take care of,” commented de Kloet.

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If this new Gmail Labs offering sounds like something you would like to turn on, here is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to achieve this goal:

Step 1. Go to Gmail (click here – a new tab will open), enter your login credentials and click "Sign in". If you are already signed into Google, click this link and you can just skip step 2 in this tutorial.

Step 2 – In the top right corner of the screen, right next to your user name you should be able to see “Settings”; click it. Now locate “Labs” and click it as well.

Step 3. Scroll down until you find a Labs feature called Hide read labels. Select Enable, then click Save Changes (there’s a Save Changes tab at the top of the experiments list and at the bottom as well) and you’re done.

If you still have any doubts on how to turn on a Labs feature in Gmail, check out this How To guide (it’s got pictures and everything).



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