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How to use Flags to Organize your inbox

Organize your inbox
Written by Hassan Abbas

There are all sorts of ways to manage your inbox in the Mail app. But if you’re struggling to keep things organized, one feature to try is Flags. Flags in Mail are handy for making certain emails stand out. However, they can also give you a great way to manage all of those incoming messages and. In this article, we will talk about How to use Flags to Organize your inbox. Let’s begin!

Applying flags

One of the coolest Mail app flag features was released with iOS 13 and that was multicolored flags. So now you can really put flags to good use when you apply them on both your mobile device and also Mac.

On iPhone and iPad, you can add a flag quickly with a swipe. Assuming you set your swipe options for Mail to include Flag. Just swipe and tap the Flag. This will apply the last flag color you used.

To set this swipe action, do the following:

  • Open Settings and select Mail.
  • Tap Swipe Options
  • Then pick Flag from either Swipe Left or Swipe Right, relying on which spot you want it.

Another way to apply a flag on iPhone and iPad. Additionally choose the color you want, is to open the email. At the bottom, tap the Reply arrow and then choose Flag in the list. Select the color you want and the email will be flagged.

On Mac, you can apply a flag from a few convenient spots.

First of all, if you have the Flag option in your toolbar, that is an instant way to add one. Tap the Flag button to apply the last flag color used or click the arrow and choose a different color.

If you removed the Flag button from your toolbar, you can select Message > Flag from the menu bar and pick a color.

One more way to apply a flag is to right-click the email and also choose a Flag color from the shortcut menu.

Removing a flag is just as easy as applying one. Just follow one of the same methods as above to clear a flag on iOS or Mac.

Viewing flagged emails

The nice thing about applying flags to messages in Mail is that you can see all of your flagged emails in a specific spot. A Mailbox will be automatically created as soon as you start using flags. That Mailbox is sorted by flag color.

On iPhone and iPad, open Mail and go to the Mailboxes screen. You can then tap the Mailbox named Flagged.

On Mac, open the Mailbox List with the button in the toolbar or View > Show Mailbox List from the menu bar. Then click the Mailbox labeled Flagged.

Renaming flags

Now that you know how to apply flags and see flagged messages, it is time to put them to good use. By default, the names of the flags are their colors. But to better organize your inbox with flags. You can give them meaningful names instead.

Since you do not see the names of the flags on the iPhone or iPad. You will take care of this on your Mac where you do see the flag names.

Select the Flagged Mailbox in your Mailbox List and click the arrow next to it to expand it. You can then change the name a few ways.

The easiest way to rename a flag is to select it in the Mailbox List, click the current name. Enter the new name, and also hit Return.

You can also right-click the flag and choose Rename Mailbox or click Mailbox > Rename Mailbox from the menu bar.

Tips for renaming flags | Organize your inbox

The key to renaming flags in Mail is to make those names significant. If you are going to use flags to distinguish emails relating to projects. Such as, you can use the names of the projects. Or if you want to organize messages by names of your company departments, use the department names for the flags.

Another thing to keep in mind about flags is that they are not normally used as long-term organizational tools. They are to help make emails stand out until you take action and then clear the flag. So it is totally reasonable to rename them over time or as needed.

One more way you can use flags in Mail on Mac that takes the work out of applying them manually is to use Rules. You can create a rule to apply a specific color flag to an email based on sender, date, subject, priority, or any condition automatically.


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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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