Gmail Plans New Ways To Help Organize Your Inbox

To offer new options for sorting through the clutter

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The last major inbox organizational update that Gmail introduced was the Priority Inbox, and it has gone over pretty well with users. Now, Google has announced that they will be rolling out several new inbox styles so that you can choose the organizational method that you like best for all your important email.

Depending on what type of email user you are, it looks as though Gmail plans to give you an inbox style to match. Whether you are a person with more email than you can handle or just bombarded by unimportant messages; whether you read all your new email at once or star some messages for later – there’s a sorting method for you.

According to the Gmail blog the styles that will be available sometime in the coming weeks will be Classic, Priority, Important First, Unread First and Starred First. Here are the descriptions of the styles –

  • Classic – This is the default inbox style most people are used to. In the Classic inbox, messages are ordered chronologically, with your most recent email at the top.
  • Priority Inbox – Important and unread messages appear at the top of your inbox, then starred messages, then everything else. Each section can be customized further, so you can create your own inbox style.
  • Important first – This style puts important mail at the top of the page (both read and unread messages). Everything else is in its own section at the bottom of your inbox. You may have noticed that we turned on importance arrows for everyone a few weeks ago; this inbox style separates messages with these arrows from those without.
  • Unread first – Simple: unread mail at the top; everything else at the bottom.
  • Starred first – Starred messages at the top; everything else at the bottom.

Here’s what the option will look like when it rolls out –

Once you’ve decided on a particular style that best suits your purposes, the “inbox style” tabs will go away in about a week. If you want to change it again at any point, simply use the drop-down menu next to “Inbox” on the left or go to the settings page.

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  • O.K. Williams

    Is Gmail compatable with MS Mail?
    Where would I get the data to connect it?
    What does Gmail cost?

  • http://www.teleintroclub.com Kishor Meswani

    Can you plz provide facility to search mails by a date-range? It helps us in tracing required mails by date.

  • Mark

    What is so hard about a simple rule wizard to automatically put some emails directly in the trash?

  • Michael K

    I’d like to see the ability to create boxes where you can store emails you want to keep. I know there are labels, etc., but I’m an old-school Eudora guy and I like having different folders or mailboxes.

  • http://thereadingtub.com TerryD

    I’d like to see an ability to add ranks to the “important” with a simple numbering system like RTM … or an integrated Event list as part of the box instead of a sidebar … love Integrated Gmail for just that purpose.

  • John Russell

    I would like the ability to highlight my email with colours such as red, green, blue etc

  • http://www.johnhmooney.com John Mooney

    Is what you consider to be spam just automatically deleted? I have asked for information to be sent to my Hotmail account and it never shows up. And I can’t find a link anywhere to check a spam folder to see if it is there. And it would be nice if you added a spell check that also gave you correct spelling like Yahoo mail does. I want to get away from Yahoo mail, but they still offer the best email program that I have seen.

    • vamsi


      you just check the folders below compose mail option.. If you can’t find that just go to more.. option below inbox.. buzz starred etc there u can find spam folder

  • Erez Zevulunov

    I would like to see some auto sort from people I actually talk to and the rest of the stuff.
    So my customers and prospects on top.

    News and other info emails are sorted after.
    And stuff could be auto Filed in folers and archived after 30 – 60 – 90 days.

  • vamsi

    CAn you give option to select two options of gmail inbox style like

    date wise + priority
    date wise + starred
    starred + unread first

  • http://www.bumblebeellc.com Mardy Sitzer

    Would love to be able to sort the inbox by ‘from’ – often I am looking for an email from someone in particular.

  • http://www.hotel-palacio.com Joachim Wagner

    It is bad that we do not can use gmail for our bussiness. We get reservations from our server and all go in the same file because is comingo from same sender. That is not working with us. Each email has to have his on file.Like on other email softwares.

  • http://www.jiletlitelfiyati.com Jiletli Tel

    for business people who receive mail from different countries , it would be useful to organise the mail box according to which countries they come from because sometimes we get hundred of letters from China and other countries and we cant remember the names.

    web site:

  • http://www.wsd.co.il/תיק_עבודות Aviran

    I don`t get why to change something that works, I think we stated it on facebook and on another big major websites that change = loss of users.

    I hope Gmail won`t change it alot, because I already began using GMX.

  • Shiva


    Cannot believe that unlike every other email program I use, gmail doesn’t let me sort by header / Name / Received from / Date Subject etc.

  • http://gmailneedsfolders james

    in gmail my email looks like junk there are no folders.
    they need folders.

    • http://www.alldance.fm DaUnknownAdmin

      Exactly, this is why I use MS Outlook to read my GMAIL. I’ve created folder each with rules so that read the mail I chose to read right away and ignore the rest. For example, I have a folder where all my bills go and a folder for all my misc Facebook emails.

      I currently have over 2k emails from facebook alone, just imagine if I had to go through those emails, my bills would never get paid on time. LOL.

  • Rahul

    In order to sort the mails comprehensively, I guess there should be a feature which comprises of different parameters through which sorting can be done.

    Even the user should be able to choose multiple parameters and choose their order of precedence for sorting.

    Parameters can be date, sender, location, importance, read/unread, starred/unstarred, etc. This would be a perfect tool. Just completely customize your sorts the way you want.

  • http://adrianduta.info/Blog/ Adrian Duta

    I’ve read some of the comments here. Some of them spam, some of them from people that have never used gmail. But doesn’t anyone read what’s on the screen anymore? Is it that hard to find the search box, or the options menu?

  • Douglas Cardoso

    I also want ‘sort by length’!

  • Mohd Saad

    I’ve also want ‘sort by length’, tq.

  • http://freelancewritingprofessional.com Julie

    Why not just sort like every other email system?? Sender/subject/Date, etc.

  • http://wwww.newsuperhuman.com Weight Loss

    I think none of this is much news. Google refuses to allow folders, which makes their content management a joke.

    And I agree with the other poster: let us manage the ordering ourselves. Don’t put us into boxes.

  • http://losebellyfatx.com belly fat

    These look like some pretty nice options that’s coming out but it’s nothing major as the current options are great and I don’t have a problem keeping my Gmail folder organized now. Nice post though and thanks for sharing the info on the upcoming Google updates.

  • http://bea-anin.blogspot.com/ bea

    this is worth a try..

  • http://N/A Jess Robin Anderson

    I would like the option of having sub categories underneath folder headings to show or not to show when I scroll down my e-mail page.
    ie Category or Folder: Gymnastics sub Category (with Show or not) – Artistic then sub category Events then (with show or not) Beam bars Floor Vault under the events category.
    Is this example clear enough??
    Please let me know if this is doable by all the major e-mail providers!!

    Jess R. Anderson Dipl.,B.A.Phys Ed.

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  • Robert Taylor

    I am quite happy with the way my mailbox looks and functions as it is. I don’t need all the bells and whistles that just clutter up an otherwise clear screen.

    What I do NOT like is having you make suggestions as to who else I should be sending my email to. Frankly, it is none of your business who I send my emails to. This is an intrusion and I resent it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5edUm8rp2A0 Chicago fitness

    WOW !!!
    I did not know about the priority inbox. I surely will use that new feature. If there is a tutorial on how to use that.

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