Change your Gmail Inbox Layout

Gmail offers a variety of ways to display your inbox, try viewing different layouts using the following instructions.

  1. Open Gmail

  2. Hover over Inbox on the left-hand side under the Compose button.

  3. Click the arrow that appears on the right-hand side of the Inbox button.

  4. You will now see five options from the Inbox Type drop-down menu.

The Gmail inbox: Menu options on the left are Inbox, Starred, Snoozed, Sent, Drafts, Google Guides, IT Customer Support, and More. Under the Inbox display menu options are Default (which has been selected), Important First, Unread First, Starred First, and Priority Inbox.  On the right it says: “Try them all, keep what fits. Try out all of the new inbox styles to see what fits you best. You can always switch back if you change your mind.”

Default:

If you choose “Default,” your inbox will be split up into different tabs, like “Primary,” “Social,” “Promotions,” and “Updates.” When you have the “Default” inbox, your messages are automatically sorted into tabs, but you can move messages among categories if you want.

Important first:

If you choose “Important first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Important” at the top, and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Unread first:

If you choose “Unread first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Unread” at the top and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Starred first:

If you choose “Starred first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Starred” at the top, and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Priority Inbox:

If you choose “Priority Inbox” your inbox will be separated into multiple sections. You can choose which sections you want to show, including “Important and unread,” “Starred,” and “Everything else.”

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

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