How to Hide and Show Labels in Gmail

And Bring Them Back When You Need Them

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Hide and Show Labels in Gmail. Ezra Bailey / Getty Images

Every label has its use and function. At the same time, "remote_pinerc", "ToDos.mbox (Gmail)" and "Junk E-mail" are not the only labels you don't care to see all the time.

Fortunately, hiding labels is a matter of swift hand flicking in Gmail. You can even hide labels provided by Gmail itself, such as Spam and All Mail.

Hide and Show Labels in Gmail

To hide a label in Gmail:

  • Click the label you want to hide.
  • Hold the mouse button while dragging the label to the More link beneath the list of visible labels.
    • The list may expand and More turn into Less as you do.
  • Release the mouse button.

Gmail can also hide labels that do not contain unread messages automatically.

To make a hidden label visible in Gmail:

  • Click More below the labels list.
  • Now click the desired label, holding down the mouse button.
  • Drag the label to the Inbox link under Compose Mail.
  • Let go of the mouse button.

Hide Preset Gmail Labels Such as Starred, Drafts, Sent, Trash or Spam

To hide system labels in Gmail:

  • Click more under the list of labels in your Gmail Inbox.
  • Now click Manage labels.
  • Click hide for any label (except Inbox) you do not want to be visible all the time.