Over the months, I’ve seen a lot of complaints from people who don’t like Gmail’s labeling features and want Google to implement folders. The only problem here is, labels can already be used as folders. You just don’t assign more than one label to a conversation.
One comment in particular, on Matt Cutts’ recent post requesting Gmail feature suggestions, got my attention. The author, Luke Daly, says:
FOLDERS!!! I hate the labels feature, I want to add a email to a folder and not see it again until I view that folder
Luke, you can. Set up a filter like so:
- Filter criteria (sender, subject, keywords, whatever)
- Check “Skip Inbox” and set what label to apply at “Apply label”
It’s that easy. Really, it is! So do you need folders? No! Will everyone please stop suggesting folders already?!
I’m going to wait a bit for this to show up as a trackback, and if it doesn’t, I’m posting this page’s URL to the comments manually to stave off any further suggestions of folders. The idea!