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Gmail Rolls Out Three New Features: Superstars, Nested Labels, and IMAP Controls

Three new Gmail features went live yesterday, graduating from Gmail Labs to the main Gmail interface: Superstars, nested labeling (essentially, sub-folders), and advanced IMAP controls.

Traditionally Gmail has had one star, the gold one we’re all familiar with. Now Gmail supports a dozen stars you can use to flag different messages to mark them as urgent, completed, or otherwise visually mark them. Another visually-oriented feature is the introduction of nested labels. You can now create a label, such as Reunion and then create additional nested labels to further organize it such as To Do, Urgent, and more.

Finally, for those of you who access email through IMAP (if you’re using Outlook, Thunderbird, or other third-party email applications, for example) there are a whole slew of new IMAP features including selective syncing and folder size limiting.

Hit up the link below to read the announcement from the Gmail team or dig into the settings menu of your Gmail account to tinker with the new settings.

3 Labs Graduations, 1 Retirement [The Official Gmail Blog]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/1/11

Comments (8)

  1. Blake Miller

    Great changes, but unfortunately, they do NOT apply for Google App instances of Gmail. I just tested a few of my Apps accounts and they’re sadly missing. My regular gmail account has them though. With that said, i did get a notice in my Apps accounts that they are now using the “Important” flag which the regular versions have had for a while now, i believe. (I didn’t use it at all)

    I’ve switched over two of my domains to the new Google Apps and trying to convince myself to move more, but it seems that the Apps version is a few steps behind the regular version. Is it typical that the Apps versions eventually catch up to the regular gmail versions?

  2. Mike Leone

    I’ve been using my Google Apps account with that nested folders option on for a while, as well as the Superstars. Works great. Had to enable the options in Labs, but still.

  3. Foo

    Folders would be nice.

  4. Bucky

    when do we get sort?

  5. ron

    I’ve been using the first 2 for MONTHS! They are not “new”.

    Some help for the average person on how to setup the nested labels.

  6. Dale

    A rules wizard such as what Outlook has that automatically sorts incoming specified mail to the appropriate mail folders would be nice or do they have this already??

  7. shashi

    This is good changes….But Need one changes to please UPGRADE tab tools on writing page because when we press TAB then cursor direct to go Next step…Its a little problems.

  8. Ivydapple

    @shashi: Yes, that gets on my nerves more than anything. Especially since I spend a lot of my time writing on Word, it’s very difficult to not make that tab at the beginning of each paragraph. -_-

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