How to use Labels

What are Labels?

Unlike GroupWise, which sorts mail into folders, myLaurier Webmail utilizes Labels. Labels work similarly to folders, but with the added advantage that an email can be applied to multiple labels as opposed to a single folder. For example, you can apply both a “Personal” and “School” label to one email. As a result, when searching for the email later, it will appear under both the “School” and “Personal” labels, but still be considered one message. In essence, Labels are a simple way of categorizing your emails, making them easier to find and sort.   

Labels are located in the left menu screen. When your first login to your myLaurier account you will see the Inbox label already highlighted on the left side of the screen. By clicking one of the Label titles in the left hand side of the screen, you will display all the messages stored under that Label. For example, clicking the ‘Starred’ Label will display all ‘Starred’ messages. If the Label you want to open is not immediately visible on the screen upon login, simply click the More drop-down menu on the left hand of the screen, the Label should be located there. 

Your myLaurier Webmail account utilizes two types of Labels: System Labels and Labels

System Labels include:

  • Inbox
  • Starred
  • Chats
  • Sent Mail
  • Drafts
  • All Mail
  • Spam
  • Trash

System Labels are necessary aspects of your myLaurier Webmail account and cannot be deleted or altered. They can, however, be hidden using the Manage Labels page.

'Labels' are determined by the user. When you first log-in to your myLaurier Webmail account you will see three default Labels: “Follow-Up”, “Misc” and “Priority”. These Labels are automatically supplied but are not necessary for managing your account. Using the Manage Labels page you can delete or edit these default labels as well as create new labels of your own. 

Manage and Create Labels 

The Manage Labels page can be used to edit the settings applied to your Labels. The Manage Labels page can be accessed by clicking the Label tab – which is located at the top and bottom hands of the right menu box – then selecting Manage Labels. The Manage Labels page can also be accessed by selecting the “Settings” link at the top right hand section of the page then selecting “Labels” in the new window. 

As you can see, the Manage Labels page is divided into two sections: System Labels and Labels. As mentioned previously, System Labels cannot be edited or deleted. As such, you are only given the option to Show or Hide System Labels. Showing a label allows the user to see the label in the left menu bar, allowing for easier access.  Hiding a label removes the label from the left menu bar and inserts into the More drop-down menu. 

The Labels section gives you a few more options. Notably, you are given the choice to create new labels. This can be done by typing the name of your new label into the Create a new label text field. Once you create a new label it will be added to the list of labels below the text field. As with System Labels, you are given the option to Show or Hide labels, but with the added bonus of being able to remove labels as well. It is important to note that removing a label will simply take the label designation off of a message; the message itself will remain intact. 

Creating a new label can also be accomplished by selecting the more tab on the left side of the screen and clicking Create new label

Moving Labels

Clicking and dragging labels across the left menu screen moves them to new locations. You can also make hidden labels visible in the left menu screen by selecting more and dragging the desired label into the menu box.