Last night I had a discussion with someone about Gmail and how she was frustrated by the lack of "folders" to physically move messages into. This is also something I've run up against since most mail clients allow you to move mail into "folders". After a bit of tinkering though, you can make Gmail imitate other mail client's "folder" behavior, effectively moving mail out of the inbox and into a "label" by using filters. Here's how:
- Click on "Create a filter" at the top of Gmail.
- Enter whatever filter criteria you want to filter mail on and click "Next Step".
- Check the box called "Skip the inbox", this moves the message out of your inbox.
- Check the box called "Apply the Label", and select a label from the dropdown to create a new one.
- Click "Create Filter".