Gmail: show/hide folders on left menu

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If you’ve sầu been using Gmail for several years, the site’s sidebar can easily get cluttered with unused labels and old Hangouts Chats messages. Not lớn mention the new Google Meet section. Here’s how to lớn clean up the Gmail sidebar on the web.

Before we begin, yes, you can just clichồng the Hamburger button to collapse và hide the Gmail sidebar, but that isn’t going to take care of the real problem.

Let’s start by disabling the Hangouts Chat & Google Meet section. Both clutter up the bottom half of the sidebar.

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From the Gmail web home page page, clichồng the Settings gear inhỏ found in the top-right toolbar.

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Next, select the “Settings” option.

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Now, go lớn the “Chat And Meet” tab.

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If you want lớn disable the Hangouts Chat box, go to the “Chat” section and cliông chồng the radio button next lớn “Chat Off.”

To disable the Google Meet section, clichồng the radio button next lớn the “Hide The Meet Section In The Main Menu” option. Google is slowly rolling out this option. If you don’t see it yet, wait a couple of days.

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Cliông xã the “Save sầu Changes” button.

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Gmail will now reload, & you’ll find that the Hangouts Chat and Google Meet sections have disappeared.

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Now, let’s move sầu on to lớn the top half of the sidebar—the labels.

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Go baông chồng khổng lồ the Gmail Settings menu by clicking on the gear icon on the home page & navigate to lớn the “Labels” section.

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Here, let’s first tackle the System Labels. In this section, if you want to hide any default labels that you don’t use often, click the “Hide” or the “Show If Unread” button next lớn it.

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And don’t worry, when you hide a label, it doesn’t disappear. When you click the “More” button, you’ll be able to see all hidden labels.

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So, you can hide labels lượt thích Drafts, Spam, or Trash, và still access them later from the More thực đơn.

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From the Categories list, you can either hide individual categories or the entire section from the sidebar.

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Lastly, take a look at the Labels section. This section contains all of the Gmail labels that you have sầu created over the years. If you no longer use a label, you can choose to delete it by clicking the “Remove” button. (The messages with the label won’t be deleted.)

If you don’t use any labels often, cliông chồng the “Hide” button or the “Show If Unread” button.

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Do this for all of the labels. Again, rethành viên you can access hidden labels by clicking the “More” button from the sidebar.

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From our long menu of system and personal labels, we were able to lớn bring it down to lớn just four important labels.

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Doesn’t that just look clear!

Want khổng lồ continue customizing Gmail? Take a look at our complete guide on how to lớn customize Gmail on the website.

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Khamosh PathakKhamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier”s blog, MakeUseOf, và Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features & giải pháp công nghệ guides on the internet. Read Full Bio »
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