How to Hide Folders and Labels in Gmail IMAP

Contents
  1. Gmail tags are treated as folders by email programs that use IMAP
  2. How to Hide Folders and Labels in Gmail IMAP
  3. Gmail Shortcuts in IMAP Applications

Gmail tags are treated as folders by email programs that use IMAP

Selective synchronization of your Gmail account with your desktop email program completes flawlessly when you access Gmail via Internet Access Protocol. Gmail labels support the show-in-IMAP flag, which works even if your favorite email client doesn’t natively support selective sync.

How to Hide Folders and Labels in Gmail IMAP

To hide a Gmail folder or shortcut from IMAP access:

  1. Open the shortcut menu by pressing Institutions Institutions labels or by going directly to the settings page if your browser is already signed in to a Google account. †

    Shortcut Settings Shortcut in Gmail

  2. Disable the option View in IMAP for any shortcut you want to disable in your IMAP-based email client. The list consists of three sections: System Shortcuts, Categories, and Shortcuts. In the last section, your custom shortcuts will appear.

  3. Close the settings window when you are done. Because your changes are saved in real time, there is no “save and exit” button or equivalent button to choose from.

Gmail Shortcuts in IMAP Applications

Some email programs support selective subscription to IMAP folders. This functionality is not related to Gmail’s “show in IMAP” feature. The email client only sees folders in the subscription window whose labels are actively displayed in IMAP, and if you change the list in your email program, those changes won’t sync to Gmail.

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