How To Remove Gmail Folders

Dear Computer Lady

I have been “cleaning” folders up in my gmail account. I have several folders I no longer use and would like to delete.

How can I delete an empty folder?

Thank you in advance for your assistance. BG

Dear BG,

Removing folders in Gmail is done in the “Settings” menu. One thing to note is that Gmail uses the name, “Labels” instead of Folders, so you are actually removing a Label instead of a folder.

Here are the directions:

From your main Gmail window, click on the “Settings” icon in the upper-right part of the window. It looks like a gear, and when you hover your mouse over the icon, the word, “Settings” will appear.

In the Settings menu, click on the “Settings” sub-menu, and it will bring you to a settings page.

Across the top, you will see links to each settings page, click on the link for “Labels”.

Scroll down until you find the Labels section and find the empty label (or folder) that you wish to delete, and look in the third column (under Actions) to the right.

Click “Remove” and your label will be removed.

If you remove a label that has messages in it, the messages will not be deleted, they just won’t have that label attached to them any more.



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