Gmail Gets New Inbox Styles

Last year, Gmail introduced Priority Inbox – a different inbox layout where emails are separated by importance, read or unread, or messages marked with stars. Starting today, Gmail will roll out several new inbox styles to help you manage your mail in the way that works best for you. Once it’s turned on for your account, you can easily choose a style from the tabs at the top of your inbox.


Five different styles are available.

  • Classic – This is the default inbox style most people are used to. In the Classic inbox, messages are ordered chronologically, with your most recent email at the top.
  • Priority Inbox – Important and unread messages appear at the top of your inbox, then starred messages, then everything else. Each section can be customized further, so you can create your own inbox style.
  • Important first – This style puts important mail at the top of the page (both read and unread messages). Everything else is in its own section at the bottom of your inbox. You may have noticed that we turned on importance arrows for everyone a few weeks ago; this inbox style separates messages with these arrows from those without.
  • Unread first – Simple: unread mail at the top; everything else at the bottom.
  • Starred first – Starred messages at the top; everything else at the bottom.

After about a week, and once you’ve settled on a style you like, these tabs will disappear, but you can always change your inbox style from the drop down menu next to the Inbox label or from the Settings page.

Aside from the new styles, Gmail also offers Multiple Inboxes which you can configure to display specific type of emails in multiple inboxes on your Gmail account.

If you don’t see the new styles, don’t worry, it should be enabled over the next few days.

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