GMail - Managing the transition from folders to labels

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If you already have sub-folders setup in your IMAP, Google will migrate those, separating each sub-folder name with a slash (/).

Example:
OIP
.....2010
..........Item 1
..........Item 2

Would in GMail through the migration become labels that look like ...

OIP/2010/Item 1
OIP/2010/Item 2

If you don't have folders created in your IMAP, there is a special way to do this and I think it best to not do this until after the migration.

So.....

First, I would suggest no moving of folders until after the migration. I think we all agreed on that. Second, GMail doesn't support sub-labels currently, the easiest thing to do will be to "flatten out" your folder structure locally ("Local" or "On My Mac" in your email client) so every folder is at the same level.

LOCALLY:

Green
.....2010
..........Item 1
..........Item 2
.....2011
..........Item 1
..........Item 2
Blue
.....2010
..........Item 1
..........Item 2
.....2011
..........Item 2
..........Item 2

After the migration, you would need to change the folder structure above to look like:

Green 2010 Item 1
Green 2010 Item 2
Green 2011 Item 1
Green 2011 Item 2
Blue 2010 Item 1
Blue 2010 Item 2
Blue 2011 Item 1
Blue 2011 Item 2

And then you would drag the folder from "Local" or "On My Mac" to "GMail IMAP".

OIP IT can help you with this, but you will want to think about how you will modify your folder names so they make sense in GMail.

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