How to star and label Gmail messages before sending them

You can now label and add stars to your Gmail messages before sending them, to help you better organize your sent mail.


Gmail labels and stars are a great way to organize your e-mail, especially if you keep all your messages, the way Google recommends. Now, you can add those labels and stars to your messages, before you send them.

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When you compose a new Gmail message now, you'll notice the new Labels drop-down menu, next to the Discard button. Before you send your e-mail, select your label or star it, then when you're done composing your message, just hit Send.

Pre-label or star Gmail messages
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When you go to your sent mail now, you'll see that your sent message has been labeled and starred.

Sent mail labeled
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That's it. Now you don't have to wait for your Gmail messages to be replied to before organizing them with labels and stars.

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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