Open Multiple Inboxes in Gmail

    February 6, 2009
    Chris Crum

Google has released a new experiment feature in Gmail Labs that lets users activate multiple views within their inboxes. Fittingly, this feature is called "Multiple Inboxes." In case you’re having a hard time visualizing it, software Engineer Octavian Costache on the Gmail Blog shares the following image:

Gmail Multiple Inboxes

"In addition to a quick view of my important labels, I also like to keep all my starred and draft messages in separate panels," explains Costache.

Once you have Multiple Inboxes turned on, you can configure what you want to see, and set the number of messages displayed and the positioning of your panels from the Multiple Inboxes section under Settings.

Alex Chitu at the Google Operating System Blog notes that if you are looking to see the inboxes of multiple email accounts, you’ll be better off checking out Gmail’s mail fetcher. This automatically labels the messages fetched from other accounts and archives them.

As always, Google is encouraging feedback on the feature to improve it for everyone. Who knows, with enough improvement, maybe it will become a full fledged feature one day.