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Why I Like The New Gmail Inbox

Early last week I received it. An email from Gmail themselves. The subject line read “Welcome to the new Gmail inbox.” My first thought was, “I am not sure I want a new inbox.” There have been some Gmail changes in the past that have not been that beneficial to me. I did not have time to fully read their email at that time, but I still had to “deal” with the changes. Thankfully, these changes were pretty intuitive and ended up making my week more productive.

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I reached a point rather quickly where I was eager to get the new Gmail inbox activated on all my Gmail powered accounts. The good news is I discovered I don't have to wait on Gmail to initiate the process. More about that later in this post. First, here is what I like about the new Gmail inbox.

1. Emails are organized into tabs

There are up to 5 tabs that organize your emails into a more manageable system. Here is a screenshot from Gmail explaining each tab.

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2. Customizable Tabs

You can determine which tabs you want and don't want to use. To customize which tabs you wish to use, follow these steps:

  • In your Gmail, click on the gear icon in the upper-right of your screen.
  • Click on “Configure Inbox”.
  • Use the checkboxes to select which tabs you wish to use.
  • Click “Save”.

3. Retrain Gmail

When you find an email that you would prefer to be under a different tab, there are a couple of ways to move it. On a laptop or desktop computer, you can simply drag the email to the desired tab. You may also right-click on an email and use the “Move to tab” options that appear. On mobile, you have to be in the email, then click on the menu button on your mobile device. This brings up the menu, and there is now an option “Move to” which allows you to choose which tab to which you want this email moved.

4. Works On [some] Mobile Devices

If you have Android 4.0+, iPad, or iPhone, the Gmail app will show the new Gmail inbox. It appears the older version of Android shows the older version of Gmail inbox.

Want the new inbox?

As it turns out, you can activate the new inbox now and not wait on Gmail to initiate the process.

  • In your Gmail, click on the gear icon in the upper-right of your screen.
  • Click on “Configure Inbox”.
  • Use the checkboxes to select which tabs you wish to use.
  • Click “Save”.

This will activate the new inbox. Don't worry. It is reversible. If you don't like the new inbox, follow the same steps above and simply uncheck all of the tabs. Note you cannot uncheck the “Primary” tab. If you disable all the other tabs, your Primary tab becomes your old inbox and looks just like it used to.

To learn more, check out Gmail's support page.

Question:

What do you like about the new Gmail? [reminder]

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Steve's passion is to help ministers and churches do ministry in our new digital, social, mobile world at the speed of life through building a strong ministry infrastructure (minfrasTructure). With a background in church administration, Christian education, missions, and technology, he offers advice, tips, and tools through writing, blogging, speaking, online courses, consulting, and personal coaching.

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