Using Gmail IMAP with Outlook: labels as sub-folders of Inbox (Make sub-folders work in Outlook)

I started using a new Gmail account with Outlook 2007. One of the things I wanted to do was create multiple nested sub-folders in Outlook. By default, Gmail just uses labels which will only give you one layer of folders in Outlook. I also wanted them to be sub-folders of the Inbox.

The trick is fairly simple, actually…in Gmail, just create labels using the forward Slash /

For example, let’s say you want a folder set-up like this in Outlook:

Inbox
CLIENT
ACME Consulting

In GMail, simply set-up a new label that looks like this:

INBOX/CLIENT/ACME Consultiong

That’s all there is to it!

Important point: You need to use ALL CAPS for the INBOX portion of the label. Otherwise, it will not work correctly.

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2 thoughts on “Using Gmail IMAP with Outlook: labels as sub-folders of Inbox (Make sub-folders work in Outlook)

  1. Pingback: Gmail IMAP Outlook error “Cannot move the items. The server responded: ‘No Folder Inbox/Sub (Failure)’.” « Random Windows Tips & Fixes

  2. This is really dumb that you have to do this, I’m now forced to sit here and rename all my users’ Inbox sub-labels to INBOX before migrating their folders…Ugh Google…

    But thanks for the info, saved my butt here!

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