If you have been using Gmail for several years, the site sidebar can easily get messy with unused labels and old Hangouts Chat messages. Not to mention the new Google Meet section. Here’s how to clean Gmail’s sidebar on the web.
Before we start, yes, you can click the Hamburger button to close and hide the Gmail sidebar, but that won’t solve the real problem.
Let’s start by disabling the Hangouts Chat and Google Meet sections. Both of them mess up the bottom side bar.
From the Gmail webpage, click the Gear settings icon found in the top right toolbar.
Next, select the “Settings” option.
Now, open the “Chat and Meet” tab.
If you want to deactivate the Hangouts Chat box, open the “Chat” section and click the radio button next to “Chat.”
To disable the Google Meet section, click the radio button next to the “Hide The Meet Section” option in the Main Menu “. Google is slowly launching this option. If you haven’t seen it, wait a few days.
Click the “Save Changes” button.
Gmail will now reload, and you will find that the Hangouts Chat and Google Meet sections have disappeared.
Now, let’s move to the top of the sidebar – label.
Return to the Gmail Settings menu by clicking on the gear icon on the home page and navigating to the “Label” section.
Here, let’s handle the System Label. In this section, if you want to hide the default label that you don’t use often, click the “Hide” or “Show If Unread” button next to it.
And don’t worry, when you hide a label, it doesn’t disappear. When you click the “Other” button, you will be able to see all hidden labels.
So, you can hide labels like Draft, Spam, or Trash, and still access them later from the Other menu.
From the Category list, you can hide individual categories or all parts of the sidebar.
Finally, see the Label section. This section contains all the Gmail labels that you have created so far. If you no longer use labels, you can choose to delete them by clicking the “Delete” button. (Messages with labels will not be deleted.)
If you don’t use labels often, click the “Hide” button or the “Show If Unread” button.
Do this for all labels. Again, remember you can access hidden labels by clicking the “Other” button from the sidebar.
From our long list of systems and private labels, we can bring it to only four important labels.
Isn’t that just obvious!