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Introducing inbox styles tabs for Gmail


Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature changed the way I read mail. Instead of simply starring messages or going through the hassle of tagging and storing my email somewhere in a long list of folders, I was suddenly able to chose those communications that were most important, have them displayed at the top of my inbox list, and even have Gmail learn from my choices to automatically determine what future messages should be considered top priority. It was one of those updates that refreshes a product and provides practical–if not indispensable–new functionality.

Over time, I, like many of you probably did, found myself hanging onto those prioritized messages for far too long. I still wanted them at the top of my inbox, but new, lower priority messages were slipping past my radar–a First World problem of the highest order.

Google is addressing this conundrum with a new set of Gmail tabs that allow you to snap back and forth between inbox styles with a single click. They call it…Inbox Styles, and it allows you to alternate between Classic, Priority, Unread, Important, and Starred message sorting. Boom!

The downside is that, once you’ve selected a style and settled on it for a week, the tabs disappear. Though I will be switching many times a day, I find this last bit to be kind of a drag. Why not provide the option to have the tabs displayed for good? The style can be changed under Gmail’s settings menu, but the tabs are far more convenient.

The tabs will turn up in your Gmail account in the coming weeks. If you find the perfect style, just keep on working and the tabs will disappear. If you like constantly switching modes, the tabs should remain indefinitely.

Via Gmail blog

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