When Google started distributing the new Gmail 2 I figured they would still have some aces up their sleeves. Well, they just revealed one of those aces: color coded labels for your emails! I know a lot of people have been wanting them to add this feature for awhile, and it is finally here.

You must be using the new Gmail 2 interface in order to see the option to color code your labels, which I know some of you are still hesitant about because it breaks many of the existing Greasemonkey scripts. Color coded labels were previously only possible via a Greasemonkey script, so this might ease the transition for some of you.

In the Gmail sidebar you’ll be able to customize the colors for each of the labels via a simple drop-down button. There are 24 color options in total, half of which have dark backgrounds and a light font while the other half have light backgrounds with dark fonts.

Gmail Labels Sidebar

Then you should see the color settings instantly reflected in your Inbox:

Gmail Labels Inbox

And the color coded labels will also appear when you’re viewing individual emails (note the “X” button to easily remove labels as well):

Gmail Labels Email

I’m curious to hear about what people actually think about the new color coded labels. I think that they might be nice, but it is going to take me a little while to get used to some of the colors I’ve assigned to the labels. Now if only they would find an easier way to assign labels other than using the dumb drop-down menu.

[via Gmail Blog]