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I have a client with about a hundred gmail folders (Labels) with over 2000 emails distributed among them, all in Outlook 2013 running under Windows 7.  So, needless to say, folder sync time is exceedingly long.

Now, I've found that if I unsubscribe all folders except Inbox and Gmail's "special folders," I can cut down the sync time significantly.  

But here's my confusion:  if I add or delete emails to/from any of these now unsubscribed folders, they still sync just fine, i.e., I see the changes immediately  if I refresh the gmail web page. And, if I make a change online via gmail.com, I can see that change in Outlook fairly soon thereafter. So I guess my basic question is, what is the difference between subscription and syncing?  In other words, why would I ever want to subscribe to a folder at all?  Is it just that subscribed folders update almost immediately and without me having to click on them?  I know I'm missing something here and am just trying to become less ignorant!  Thanks.
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Subscribing is what you do for folders that incoming mail goes to. So if you have filters in gmail putting certain messages in folders for you, then subscribing to those folders would let you see new mail popup without syncing.
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Thanks. So if my client only wants to manually move emails into his various folders then there should be no need for him to subscribe to anything except the inbox and the others that gmail requires, right?
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Correct. Subscribers means check for new stuff automatically.
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