Gmail: Show/Hide Folders on Left Menu

Some of the folders in my Gmail account disappeared. The Spam folder was one of the folders that were gone. I could still click the More link to access it, but this was annoying. I wanted my Spam folder back. I located a setting where you can control which folders are displayed on the left menu of Gmail. I suppose this is a good setting for reducing clutter if you’re a person who likes to use a lot of email labels.  Here’s how to show or hide folders.

  1. Login to Gmail.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the gear and select “Settings“.
  3. Select the “Labels” tab.
  4. Select the “Show” or “Hide” link next to the folder you wish to show or hide. In this example, I am choosing the show the “Spam” folder.
    Gmail Labels


How do I get folders to show in an email client I’m using with my Gmail account?

The “Show in IMAP” check box on the Labels screen controls folder display in email client applications.

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