Gmail Advises Combining Filters, Colored Labels

    December 20, 2007

At least once in your life, you’ve probably heard (or said) the phrase "But I know where everything is!"  And let’s be honest: assuming that’s true, it might take much more time to organize everything than to carry on with life as usual.  So Google, for its part, is working to make organization more automatic.

On the Official Gmail Blog, Robby Stein outlines a way to have colored labels cooperate with filters.  The colored labels were released about two weeks ago, so the explanation represents reasonably quick work on his part.

Stein begins, "To set up a filter with a colored label, simply click the ‘Create a filter’ link next to the search box.  Add senders or certain words you want to keep a better eye on, click next, and assign a label by checking ‘apply the label’ and choosing an appropriate one.  Then just pick a label color by clicking the color swatch next to the label title in the left-hand navigation menu."

As a writer, I’m inclined to point out that a quick scan of your inbox should have the same end result.  Still, there’s no doubt that color recognition occurs quickly, so as long as the associations make sense to each user, this could become a handy time-saver.

It will, at least, make Gmail more bright, and just in time for Christmas, too.