Google introduced the Priority Inbox almost an year back to help users handle email overload. Though the new feature was pretty helpful, many believed that it was way too dictating and non-flexible. Well, you now have an option to try a variety of Gmail inbox styles, which are subtle but helpful changes and can take your productivity to newer levels.

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Gmail Inbox Styles

Google has already started rolling out these inbox styles, so you might already be seeing them. If not, wait for a while and it should be there. There are 5 different styles you can choose to use depending upon your needs:


  • 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.

I personally like the “Important first” style. Over the past few months, I have taught and Gmail has learned what’s important and what’s not. So, that knowledge will be helpful in prioritizing my emails. You can choose the style you like and once you have used it for a week or so, Gmail will take away the tabs. But you can always change your inbox style from the drop down menu next to the Inbox label or from the Settings page.

Go ahead and give them a try!


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