Quick tip on using the Multiple Inboxes Gmail lab and labeling messages as you send them to create a “Follow-Up list” of sent emails in your inbox.

1. While in Mail, click on the gear in the top right corner of your page, select Settings, and then Labs.

  • In the “Search for a lab” box, type in multiple. When the  Multiple Inboxes lab appears, select enable and Save Changes.

2. Return to Settings within the gear on the top right corner of the page and click on the Labels tab.

  • Scroll down to Labels and select Create new label.
  • Name this label “Follow Up” or what ever you would like to call it.

3. Click on the Multiple Inboxes tab.

  • On this page you are able to manage how your inbox is set up.
  • The Search query column specifies what emails will appear in this inbox, while the Panel title column designates what each inbox will be called.
  • I have my Multiple Inboxes set up with Pane 0 titled “Starred Messages” with “is starred” as my search query. Pane 1 is titled “Follow Up” with “is follow up” as the search query. Pane 2 is titled “Marketing” with “is marketing” as the search query. I have left Pane 3 blank, serving as my fourth inbox, containing all my other messages.
  • When you are done making these changes, click Save Changes.

4. To test this feature out:

  • Compose an email and attach the Label of your choice from the icon above your message.
  • Send your email and check the corresponding inbox to confirm it has been sorted correctly.

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Hi, Google Gooru, I love your website and newsletter updates and tips! I tried to implement this tip, but adding a label to a message I had already sent, and I didn’t see it appear as a separate new mailbox (as in, one of my multiple mailboxes. Any ideas of what I can do to fix? thx


NOt sure what’s wrong but when I compose a new message and label is as “Follow Up” don’t show up in the “All Follow Up” Inbox / Pane.

– enabled multiple inbox
-then created a label called Follow Up
-then tried “is:follow up” and sent a compose a new message
-result: still goes into my “important and unread” mail box
-so i tried: “label:followup: and sent another message labelling is “follow up”
-result: still goes into my “important and unread” mail box.

Definitely a very useful feature to have if it works. Do you know what else I can tried?



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