Inbox styles and settings

Try out a new inbox style to quickly organize your inbox in a way that fits you best. Your inbox can be organized into tabs like Social and Promotions, or into sections like Unread, Starred, and Important.

Change your inbox type

You can always switch back if you change your mind, so go ahead and experiment with different styles.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the gear in the top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Inbox tab.
    Inbox tab
  5. In the “Inbox type” section, select an inbox style in the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

You can also quickly change your inbox style by hovering over Inbox on the left side of your Gmail and clicking the Gmail Inbox down arrow icon down arrow.

Learn more about each inbox type
Inbox type Available sections Details
Default Primary
Choose which tabs to use. If you want to see all your messages in one list, just turn off all tabs. Learn more about inbox tabs.
Important first Important
Everything else
The “Important” section includes messages that Gmail predicts are important to you. Learn how importance ranking works.
Unread first Unread
Everything else
Unread messages are in their own section at the top of your inbox.
Starred first Starred
Everything else
“Starred” includes all messages that you have marked with a star.
Priority Inbox Important and unread
Messages in a label you choose
Everything else
Priority Inbox combines the important, unread, and starred inboxes and adds more customization options. You can even create your own sections for specific labels (choose More options... when customizing the inbox sections).

Learn more about Priority Inbox.

Inbox settings

Each inbox type has its own settings. To see available settings for a particular inbox, go to the Inbox tab in Settings and select the inbox type from the drop-down menu (see directions above).

You can also access many settings right from your inbox with the Gmail Inbox down arrow icon down arrow that’s located above each inbox section.

Gmail Inbox section settings icon