Gmail: Showing And Hiding Folders On Left Panel

Organizing your workspace is a way for you to be able to do your work more efficiently. Imagine being swamped up with many emails and not deciphering which are essential from those that are not. Say no more!


With Gmail, you can easily organize your folders and hide and unhide them to improve visibility. Just follow these steps, and you’re to go!

1. Visit the Gmail website then log in your account.

To begin, open your web browser, then navigate to Gmail and ensure that your account is logged in.

2. Make sure that the left panel is shown.

The left panel of Gmail should be expanded and visible on your screen. If you don’t have the folders, click the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of the screen.

3. Click the gear icon on the top-right side of the window.

After you’ve expanded the Gmail side panel, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your page. By clicking the gear icon, a drop-down menu containing the various customizing options will appear.

4. Select “See all settings” from the drop-down menu.

The one you need to click will not be displayed in the drop-down menu, so you must select “See all settings” for a new window to appear on your screen.

5. Select the “Labels” tab.

There are numerous sections and tabs to choose from in the new window, depending on what you want to change. In this case, you must choose the “Labels” tab.”

Here are some of the system labels available in Gmail, which you will find in this section:


It’s the section where all of your received emails and messages will be directed, whether they are read or not.


This will include any suspicious emails flagged as spam by Gmail, either automatically or by the account owner. Spam is also known as junk email.


All emails and messages you have deleted or put into “Trash” will be directed here and will remain for 30 days before being permanently deleted. You can recover it while it is still in the bin, but only if you do so within the next 30 days.


Emails that you have marked as important or the ones you tapped the star next to them will be saved here.


All messages you’ve sent to individuals or groups will be saved here.

6. Click “Show” or “Hide” next to the folder you wish to edit.

Look through all of the possible systems to edit and decide which ones you want to show or hide. Keep in mind that the inbox is set to default, which means you can’t hide it.

Final Thoughts

Organizing folders in your Gmail is as easy as it sounds. All you have to do is follow these steps, and you’ll soon get used to its process!