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Gmail Adds Drag and Drop Capability

Also, new label features a-plenty!

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Gmail is consistently rolling out new features for your emailing pleasure. Just a few months ago Gmail added some keyboard shortcuts and some new buttons to make labeling simpler. Today, Gmail is adding even more to their labeling arsenal.

In regards to email, are you a label or folder fan? Tell us.

Gmail's new drag and drop feature

New labels location

With the upgrade to Gmail you’ll notice that your labels have a new home. Instead of your labels having their own section, now they’ve been grouped with your Inbox, Drafts, Chats and other "default" labels.

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Gmail now only shows you the labels you use the most, and automatically hides the rest. If you ever find yourself needing a label that is hidden by Gmail just simply hit the "more" link to see the rest.

Gmail adds drag and drop

I do believe this is going to become one of my new favorite features of Gmail. It will allow me greater Inbox maintenance. Drag and drop essentially does the same thing as "Move to", with fewer steps. In addition to moving messages, you now have the ability to drag labels onto messages.

Gmail's new drag and drop feature

The best part about the labels is that with the new changes they’re becoming more folder like… and we all know about folders vs. labels argument. In regards to folders vs. labels, Todd Jackson, Gmail Product Manger, told WebProNews the following…

"An interesting aspect of this launch is how it relates to the folders vs. labels question. We’ve always felt that labeling and searching are the easiest and most efficient methods for navigating email – yet we still had users who wanted folder-like functionality. This new version of Labels offers the best of both worlds, largely removing the need for a labels vs. folders debate."

With the new changes to the labels within Gmail this means the end of Right-side Labels. A post on the Gmail blog explains the reasoning for the early lab retirement…

"This is the first Labs feature we’re retiring. (The idea behind Labs was always that things could break or disappear at any time or they might work so well that they become regular features. More on that soon…) Now that labels aren’t in their own little box and take up much less space, moving them around the screen didn’t seem as important. We realize quite a few of you used and liked Right-side Labels, so if you feel strapped for left nav screen real estate without it, try turning on Right-side Chat in Labs instead."

So, how do you feel about the new changes? Tell us.

Gmail Adds Drag and Drop Capability
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  • http://www.blogspot.com Tyrone Boeckman

    Why are they taking away labels on the right??? I loved that feature.

  • http://www.incanswers.com Vern | IncAnswers

    I’m not seeing it yet – should I be? I tried adding in Labs – it’s not there to enable yet…

    • Jeremy Muncy

      Gmail is rolling out the updates throughout the day.

      Here is a snippet from the Gmail Blog…

      “We’ll be rolling out these labeling features for everyone throughout the day, so if you don’t see them right away please check later today. ”


      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

  • http://www.ancheril.net Shobin Mathew

    It seems good and usefull. saves time

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    This is great news! Instead of having useless labels like Trash or Spam visible on the right… I guess it is more useful to have labels that ‘ll help sort the content.

  • Guest

    Surely this will reduce navigation time. Very useful tool.

  • http://www.queensoccer.com Sunnyshine

    Very helpful tool. But in the past week, I had the problem to connect with Gmail. Did it happen with somebody else?

  • http://www.yain.com Edward Han

    Nice feature. Just like WordPress blog that allows drag and drop.

    Great work to save us time.

  • http://destinvacationpackages.net Destin Vacation Packages

    I wish you long career in blogging an await your next articles.

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