Windows Live Mail 2011: Hide (and Show) Folder Labels

   Posted November 14, 2010 by Lê Hoàng in Windows

When you set up your Gmail account in Windows Live Mail 2011, all of Gmail’s folder labels will appear on the left sidebar. If you only use some of those labels, you may want to hide the rest for better mail managing. This tutorial will show you how.

Here is the screenshot of all labels (default settings):

After we hide some labels:

1. Launch WLM 2011 and log into your account.

2. Go to Accounts->IMAP folders or you can right click on your account on the left sidebar and choose Show or hide folders…


3. In Show/Hide IMAP Folders window, choose your account on the left side, choose the label you want to hide and hit Hide. Finally, click OK to close the window.

4. To re-show the label, simply click on it and choose Show. Hit OK to close the window.


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  • hifromnz

    My Windows live email doesn’t have the imap button in the accounts tab or anywhere else that I can see. How do I get it?

    Also, will the email still download if the folder name is hidden? (My email is set up so that everything is moved to storage folders so I don’t want the accounts folders clogging my folder list)

  • David Wilson

    shame there’s no hiding the spam or trash folders though?

  • Shaun Davis

    Thanks for this. very helpful.