I was just looking for a GreaseMonkey script for this yesterday. Today, I notice “Do more with labels” next to the Settings in GMail. Exactly what I needed. I guess they blogged it yesterday, but it showed up on my account today.
It’s easy to apply a label to a conversation. When you’re reading the message. Just click the Labels drop-down menu or if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled, type l. From there, you can:
- Select the label you’d like from the list.
- Start typing the name of the label you’re looking for in the search box; auto-complete will help you find your label quickly (this comes in handy if you’ve got a long list of labels).
- Create a new label. Just type the name you want to give your new label and select Create new.
As an alternative, you can also select the checkbox next to the message(s) you want to label, and then choose the label from the Labels drop-down. This method allows you to label multiple messages at once.
Use the Move to drop-down menu or the keyboard shortcut v if you want to apply a label to a message and archive it (moving it from your inbox to that label) at the same time.