A label for unread emails in Gmail

In: Neat Stuff

30 Jul 2004

This is a pretty nifty Gmail trick (via TIMELINE via gmailwiki): create a label named “Unread” and Gmail automatically lists all unread email when you call up that label.

Screenshot of Gmail

Seems very much like a half-hearted, half-implemented feature that Google hasn’t decided whether to give to users. I for one would very much like to have a standard section for unread mail (“standard” meaning it goes into the same place as Starred, All Mail and co.).

10 Responses to A label for unread emails in Gmail



July 30th, 2004 at 1am

cool tip! However I still prefer to type ‘is:unread’ in the search bar.
It’d also be great if the search bar could keep in memory the search queries: i always use the same 3 or 4 ones and it’s tedious to type them every time (another nice solution would be to save these queries as labels).



July 30th, 2004 at 7am

I wouldn’t say it is half hearted. They actually implemented the label system so that when it caught you creating such a label, it used a filter for you without cluttering the filter list. “Sweet!” I say.




July 30th, 2004 at 1pm

You can also create a “Read” label, which contains all read conversations.



July 31st, 2004 at 12am

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July 31st, 2004 at 1am

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Strang's Blog

July 30th, 2004 at 4am

List unread mail in your Gmail
Gmail Wiki has a great tip for listing unread mail in you Gmail. Just create a label called Unread, and the rest will take care of itself….


captsolo weblog

July 31st, 2004 at 7pm

GMail trick: a Label for Unread Mails
This is a pretty nifty Gmail trick (from redemption in a blog via TIMELINE via gmailwiki): Create a label named “Unread” and Gmail automatically lists all unread email when you call up that label.



April 22nd, 2006 at 2pm

Seems Google has put a stop on this trick. If you try to create a label named “Unread” it gives a notification saying that system names are not allowed.

You can, however, still find all unread messages by running a search with “label:unread”. It just won’t allow you the ease of access of having it right in your label list.

If someone knows a work-around, please post.



May 2nd, 2008 at 4am

Create a filter and then filter on ‘Has words in’ on is:unread and label it for example _unread (since ‘unread’ in ANY language that Google settings can be set to is invalid). There’ll be a warning that ‘is:’ won’t give any results, but that’s a lie-to-children.

This way all new mail gets the label _unread in the inbox, but top it off with a nice color (or not).


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August 24th, 2008 at 1am

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