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.
- Open Gmail.
- Click the gear in the top right.
- Select Settings.
- Select the Inbox tab.
- In the “Inbox type” section, select an inbox style in the drop-down menu.
- 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 down arrow.
|Inbox type||Available sections||Details|
|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.|
|The “Important” section includes messages that Gmail predicts are important to you. Learn how importance ranking works.|
|Unread messages are in their own section at the top of your inbox.|
|“Starred” includes all messages that you have marked with a star.|
|Priority Inbox||Important and unread
Messages in a label you choose
|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.
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 down arrow that’s located above each inbox section.