Set up a tabbed inbox

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Gmail

Tabbed inboxes are great for people who want to move less-relevant email (such as social updates and promotions) out of their primary inboxes. Clean primary inboxes help you focus on what matters. Tabs appear at the top of your inbox, where you can quickly move between them.

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In this section, you learn how to:

3.1 Turn on tabs
3.2 Train your tabbed inbox

3.1 Turn on tabs

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Turn on tabs for email that you want to move out of your primary inbox. For example, if you turn on the Promotions tab, Gmail moves any existing promotional email from your inbox to the Promotions tab. Any new promotional messages go directly to the Promotions tab.
  1.  At the top right, click Settings ""and thenSee all settings.
  2. At the top, click Inbox.
  3. Next to Inbox type, select Default.
    Note: To hide all tabs, select another inbox type.
  4. Under Categories, check the boxes of the tabs that you want to see:
    • Primary—Email from people that you know and any other messages that don’t appear in other tabs.
    • Social—Messages from social networks, media-sharing sites, and other social websites.
    • Promotions—Deals, offers, and other promotional email.
    • Updates—Notifications, such as confirmations, receipts, bills, and statements.
    • Forums—Messages from online groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists.
  5. At the bottom, click Save Changes.

Turn on tabs for email to move out of primary inbox

3.2 Train your tabbed inbox

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If an email ends up in the wrong tab, you can move it. Drag an email to the tab you want.

Tip: To remember to follow up on an email in another tab, mark it with a Star Star so that it appears in your Primary tab, too.

Train tabbed inbox by moving email to the correct tab

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