Drag and drop labels and messages

Did you know that you can drag and drop labels onto your messages? If so, you're on your way to becoming a Gmail power user! You can also drag a single message or multiple messages to a label.

Drag a label to a message


  1. Click on the label, and holding down the left mouse button, drag the label to the appropriate message.


  1. Release the mouse button to apply the label to the message.

Drag a message to a label


  1. Place your cursor in the area to the left of the message’s check box. Your cursor will turn into a hand, and three dots will appear to the left of the check box.


  1. Click the area and, while holding down the left mouse button, drag the message over the top of the label. Note that a message displays indicating you are moving a conversation.



  1. Release the mouse button. The message moves from your Inbox to the selected label and is visible when you select the label.

Drag multiple messages to a label


  1. Check the boxes of the messages you want to move.
  2. Place your cursor to the left of one of the selected messages’ check boxes until it turns into a hand.
  3. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the messages over the top of the label. Note that a message displays indicating you are moving multiple conversations.
  4. Release the mouse button. The messages move from your Inbox to the selected label and are visible when you select the label.