How to Use Drag-and-drop to Label Messages in Gmail?
It’s fun to grab things and move them around.
In Gmail, you can have fun not only with the messages you receive but also with the labels you create — moving messages and applying labelswith dragging and dropping ease.
Use Drag-and-drop to Move Messages in Gmail
To move an email to a label (removing the message from the current view, except from All Mail) in Gmail:
- Click the handle (a double, dotted, vertical line) just in front of the message you want to move.
- To move multiple messages, make sure they are all checked, then grab any selected message’s handle.
- Hold the mouse button while dragging the message to the desired label.
- If the label to which you want to move is not visible, point to the morelink below the label list until all labels appear.
- Release the mouse button.
By dragging and dropping, you can:
- Mark as spam: drag to the Spam label.
- Archive: drag to the All Mail label.
- Delete: drag to the Trash label.
- Star: drag to the Starred label (keeping in mind this will remove the message from the current view).
Use Drag-and-drop to Label Messages in Gmail
To apply any custom label to a message in Gmail by dragging and dropping:
- To label more than one message, make sure all the messages are checked.
- Click on the desired label, keeping the mouse button down.
- If you cannot see the desired label, click more below the label list first.
- Note that you can only drag and drop custom labels, not system labels such as Starred and Inbox.
- Drag the label to the message you want to label or one of the checked messages.
- Let go of the mouse button.