Organising with Labels in Gmail

You can organise your email messages into folders in GMail. The Gmail name for this is Labels. You can give your own labels to email messages and then navigate easily to all email messages with that label.
To assign a label to an email message, select the message (X) and press L.
You can arrow down and press Enter to select an existing label.
Or type in a new label, arrow down to Create new and press Enter. You will be given further options about where to put your new label (folder), but just press Enter to go ahead and create it.
You can then assign the label to another email message by selecting the message (X) and pressing L. Arrow Down to the required label and press Enter.
Press Escape a couple of times to come out of the Label section.
You can navigate to a particular label (folder) in two ways:

  • Arrow Left to go to the navigation list of folders and labels, then Arrow Down to your label and press Enter.
  • Or press G then L, type in your label, or arrow down to your label, and press Enter.

Remember you can always press Z to Undo an action. And you can always press G then I to go back to your Inbox.
Note: If you use a screen reader, you may need to switch the “virtual cursor” off so you can use these shortcuts. Press Insert (or Caps Lock) + Z in JAWS or Insert (or Caps Lock) + Space in NVDA and Narrator.
Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox work the same as Google Chrome for Organising with Labels in Gmail.

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