IMAP and Outlook could be the best way to read emails as they synchronize. You change anything in Outlook, which gets reflected on your Gmail account or vice versa. I started using Outlook 2007 and Gmail IMAP service about two days back. The most irritating part I found was All the labels also get listed along with the default folders of Gmail ( Inbox, sent, etc.).
Now in case you have a lot of labels, the folder list on the left navigation panel becomes too long. I don’t search labels all the time, even if they are listed there; it’s useless for me. So this is what I did to remove, or you can say hide, those Labels to show in my Outlook 2007.
- Tools -> Account Settings -> (your Gmail account) -> Change -> More Settings -> Advanced
- Set Root Folder Path to “[Gmail]” without the quotes.
- If you are set to work offline, get online first and then right-click on Gmail Folder.
- Click on Update IMAP folders.
- Now you will see that the list of folders gets reduced to All Mail, Inbox, Starred, Inbox, i.e., only standard Gmail Folders.
Here is an example of my Gmail accounts, one with and one without root folder settings. This way, I can remove the Gmail labels from the Outlook folder list. However, if you want labels, there is one drawback: they won’t appear. I am working on this, so I can only see particular folders.