As you have probably already noticed, the new Gmail tabs have been released to the masses. To give you a quick breakdown, there are five pre-labled categorized tabs located at the top of your inbox if you use Gmail.com or the Gmail mobile apps for Android (OS 4.0+) and iOS. The tabs automatically filter your incoming messages into either your Primary inbox, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums categories.
Essentially, Gmail tabs sort your inbox before you have to do anything. Based on my research, some people love the ideal of being able to click between tabs to quickly triage their inbox. Others have displayed their hatred of the tabs because there is a good chance email marketers and newsletter pushers won’t be as effective they will miss important information due to simply forgetting to check the tabs.
There is even a third group who have noticed that Google is serving up its own unsolicited ads in the “Promotions” tabs and think Big Brother,Skynet Google is at it again trying to force advertisements down its user’s throats.
Whether you love or hate the new Gmail tabs, there are some things you can do make your inbox work for you.
Organize messages within tabs
If you want to give the Gmail tabs a try, but want to make sure you’re not missing any important emails, you can tell Gmail what messages you want to appear in what tabs simply by selecting a message and dragging it to another tab. Gmail will display a message “The conversation has been moved to “[Tab]“. Do this for future message from [email address]?” Click the ‘Yes’ button and all future messages from that email address will sent to the selected tab.
You will have to keep an eye on your tabs for a while to make sure the right messages are delivered to the right tabs, but after a while, you should be all squared away. You can also use tabs to get rid of some of those filters you’ve set up over the years that were sending messages to labels…that you never check.
Get rid of the tabs altogether
Look, Google is well-known for “trying stuff out” so it should be no surprise that your FREE email service may go through some phases in order stay innovative. But, if you just want your inbox back to the way it was, you can very easily turn off the tabs by clicking the settings cog in the upper-right corner, selecting “Configure Inbox” in the drop-down menu. Then deselect all the tab categories to go back to the old-school look.
Pro tip: Be sure to title your email messages to ensure your recipient “gets the message”
Like I said before, this is Google trying new stuff out to see what sticks. At the very least, you can still control your Gmail experience.
What do you think about the new Gmail tabs?