Gmail: Hide Labels and Circles in the Label List

Gmail allows users to organize emails into categories through the label feature. Labels can be accessed from the left side of the Gmail interface. While an effective way to keep your emails organized, too many visible labels make it harder to find the desired category. Additionally, Google+ places circles in Gmail which can be another distraction. This tutorial will show you how control which labels and Google+ circles show in the label list.

After activating my Google+ account, I notice that the label list in Gmail displays the circles that I created on the social networking service. Many of these circles are not necessary can be removed from Gmail to keep the list clean. Luckily, you can hide these circle in the same place where the labels are managed.

1. Log in to your Gmail account.

2. Click on the small gear icon at the top right of the window to expand the menu and choose Settings from the list.

3. When the Settings screen appears, navigate to the Labels tab.

4. The Label tab let you control the labels on the left side of the Gmail interface. It is divided into three sections: System labels, Circles and (Custom) Labels.

5. With the System labels, you can only show or hide it. Some labels like Drafts or Spam has an extra option which allows it to stay invisible and become visible when there are unread messages.

6. The Circles section will be available if you are using Google+. Just like System labels, the circles can only be set to Show or Hide. To manage the circles, you need to go to the Google+ page.

7. Custom labels can be set to hidden, unhidden or only show up when there are unread messages.

8. If you would like to set all the custom labels to the same state, click the small arrow at the top of the column and choose the appropriate state.

9. You can also edit your custom labels or delete it if it is not necessary anymore by using the two buttons at the Actions column.

 

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  • http://technicallyeasy.net Paul Salmon

    For most of my labels I usually keep them hidden unless there are unread messages. I hated to scroll through along list of labels just to find which ones had unread messages. Now I only need to see a few at any given time.

  • John

    I have already organized my contacts with Labels. I’ve just started with google+ so Circles came up to life. How can I “copy” my label organization into Circles. ie: I have a label called coworkers with more than 20 contacts. So, I want a Circle called coworkers with the same contacts labeled cowrokers…Do you know an easy way to accomplish that?

    Thanks!

  • AF

    This works except the Circles Label keeps showing up after an hour or so or when there is inactivity in my gmail and I log back in after a few hours. I keep constantly having to go back in to the settings and Hide Circles again but it keeps popping back up. Is this some kind of a bug or an annoying way for Google to force Circles on end users?