#1 By: Chris Hoffman, September 5th, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171628/forget-the-gimmicks-heres-the-best-way-to-organize-your-gmail-inbox/
Email inbox gimmicks keep popping up. First Google introduced Priority Inbox, now it’s using category tabs. Dropbox purchased Mailbox, which turns your inbox into more of a to-do-list. Microsoft’s Outlook.com has a Sweep feature that automatically cleans your inbox.
#2 By: Defiant, September 5th, 2013 08:02
Not sure I agree with setting the inbox to "unread first".
It's a matter of preference, of course, but I like my e-mails to stay organized based on their arrival date regardless of whether I read them yet or not.
#3 By: Tyler Slocum, September 5th, 2013 08:59
I, for one, love the inbox tabs. I like to be subscribed to newsletters for deals from Amazon and Newegg, in case something I want goes on sale. I can keep it out of my regular inbox, but still peruse them at my convenience.
#4 By: Cambo, September 5th, 2013 10:06
I too like the tabs. It makes it super easy to stack social emails, and delete them all at once- or promotions- without deleting the important stuff.
#5 By: Naman Sood, September 5th, 2013 10:19
Promotions go to "Promotions" tab.
Spam goes to spambox.
Rest stay in "Primary".
Even tabs work nicely "in the long term", you just have to teach it which e-mails are important and which are not.
#6 By: localhost, September 5th, 2013 12:12
I find the new tabs organization to be the best method yet. At first there were a couple mis-categorized emails, and moving them manually (that one time) has taught it the proper locations for everything.
#7 By: Baxter Tocher, September 5th, 2013 12:13
If an email doesn't have an unsubscribe link (or even an unsubscribe link that's broken), surely that's spam? That's where it ends up here.
#8 By: Bob_Block, September 5th, 2013 12:42
Anyone know how I can save 1 email in a long conversation, delete the rest and also delete any replies? Somewhat more like using outlook.
#9 By: Andrew, September 5th, 2013 18:00
Since you mention filters, say I want to have a filter do the same thing for multiple email addresses without making multiple copies with the different addresses? How do I do it?
#10 By: Scott Morris, September 6th, 2013 11:57
The new tabs are nice, but it would be great if Google let us created our own tabs based on Labels. That would be the best of both worlds and make Inbox management so much easier.
#11 By: Michael Tunnell, September 7th, 2013 04:52
This article is absolutely correct and I was actually only coming here to express my 100% agreement...
Right click the "down arrow" at the top right of each email you want to delete. Choose "delete this message". This will delete that particular email but not the entire conversation. Do that as many times as needed and voila.
could you elaborate more with what you want? What are you not wanting to make copies of? Multiple Filters/Labels can be attached to a single email without actually affecting the email directly.
See normally I would agree with you three by saying that organization is a good thing but Google totally screwed up.
@robotsneedhugs2, unfortunately it keeps a LOT more out than you think. If an email is sent to you and does not fit any of the "Google Approved" categories then you actually won't see it at all. If that happens, which it did to me often, then the only way to see it is to run the search "is:unread" in your email search...try it now, there is probably something there.
@Cambo I too like the idea of seperation but the Tabs are terrible because you don't get notified about new emails UNLESS it is in the Priority tab...some might like that but you have no control over what gets sent where so maybe I want updates about social networks or something...Google says "you dont know what you want". The tabs also suck when you are inside of gmail as they don't have an unread count next to the tab title like it should...so the only way to know if there is something there is to manually check it...and that is so freaking 1990s. Finally, this could easily be done with labels and the Quick Links lab feature. Enable the Quick Links lab, create a link to any page you want by navigating to the page and clicking "add link". Also if you use filters and labels you can have the automatic labeling done for you like the tab does but still get updated about it and see the unread count in the left sidebar.
@localhost it isnt the best but it easily could be if the tabs were controlled by the user and not Google...such as like @skottmorris suggested with the tabs being based on custom labels....which could be controlled automatically with filters.
#13 By: Bob_Block, September 7th, 2013 07:36
Michael - many thanks - I think you have given me some great advice!
#14 By: Dennis Lind, September 7th, 2013 10:47
I have a new update but I don't have a gear icon, or a inbox tab under settings
#15 By: localhost, September 7th, 2013 11:42
You're completely right. While it works decently, the ability to make our own tabs would really elevate the experience. When the feature first rolled out, I was a bit puzzled by that too - I thought we'd be able to make our own tabs.
That said though, I can see why its not implemented. The filters do exactly that, so replicating the functionality with tabs a bit redundant.
#16 By: Michael Tunnell, September 7th, 2013 12:22
you're welcome, glad I could help.
you can change it in a different place...go to the Inbox and then look in the left sidebar for the word "Inbox" next to it you will see a "down arrow" click that and choose Unread First from there.
except that it wouldn't be the same thing...redundant code would be to solve the same thing twice...which is what they are doing now. I have filters and labels...then they add this which is just filtering and labels that I can't control. Tries to solve the same thing with two different solutions, one of which is terrible.
If the tabs were based on labels that you selected it wouldn't be redundant because it would just be using the labels you already have. The reason they didn't support control here is to make it appear that the tabs was useful to people have never even looked in the settings...which is sadly a LOT of people.
With all of that said, you should try my tip about hidden emails.
#17 By: Tyler Slocum, September 7th, 2013 17:51
I haven't missed anything because of the tabs.
#18 By: Michael Tunnell, September 7th, 2013 18:44
you are a lucky one then.
#19 By: Cloud Computing Expert, September 10th, 2013 01:18
Good to know this. Thanks for sharing..
Here I would like to share a simple tool called Beyond Inbox to organize your Inbox. It'll also helps you to Backup, Archive, Transfer and Restore your Emails.
#20 By: Andrew, September 13th, 2013 07:49
I mean I have multiple labels set up, so could I set those up to always catch emails from different email addresses sending, but I don't want to have to make multiple labels.
#21 By: Michael Tunnell, September 13th, 2013 14:17
I think you are referring to setting up multiple filters and I can understand that. It is kind of a hassle to setup all the labels and filters in the beginning. However, once you do it you can just...
Set it and Forget it
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