Gmail makes it easy to organize and keep on top of your manager's email (as well as your own) with labels, filters, archiving, starring, and more.
You may be used to organizing emails in folders, but in Gmail, you can quickly organize your conversations by applying labels. The conversation can remain in your Inbox with the label clearly shown. Here's an example:
As shown in the example, if a conversation falls under more than one topic, you can give it multiple labels (such as Follow up and HR).
To access all the conversation within a label, just click the label name in the left pane of your Inbox:
You can also create a new label by expanding More in the left pane, at the bottom of your list of labels. Then click Create new label and follow the instructions above.
Tip: If you want to move the messages out of your Inbox at the same time you apply a label to them, select the messages, and then select a label in the Move to drop-down menu.
See the Gmail Tips & Tricks section below to learn how to drag and drop labels.
If you want to see more labels in relation to your chat list, you can drag the horizontal bar down to change the relative size of each list.
If you have a lot of labels, move your cursor anywhere over them to automatically expand the list. After browsing labels, move your cursor away and the list contracts.
You can clean up your list of labels by hiding ones you rarely use. To do a quick drag and drop for one label:
If you want the label to appear in your main list of labels again, just click More, and holding down the left mouse button, drag the label back anywhere on the main list.
To hide multiple infrequently used labels:
Whether or not a labeled conversation is archived, you can list all conversations that have a specific label by clicking the label name in the left pane of your Inbox -- similar to opening a folder of messages. Unlike with folders, if you've applied more than one label to a message, you can retrieve the message by clicking any of those labels.