Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164551/gmail-has-added-a-new-category-tabs-feature-to-the-inbox/
Most of the time keeping your inbox sorted and clean is a fairly simple task, but what about when things get hectic and suddenly your inbox is out of control? Finding those important e-mails amongst the clutter can become frustrating and time consuming, so you need an easy way to find what you need fast! With this problem in mind Google has introduced a new feature for Gmail that will help auto-sort those e-mails into distinct categories, letting you go directly to the mail you want without the hassle.
Tried it for five minutes.... turned it off.
They had a good idea, then ruined it. If they just allowed you to make labels/folders tabs, it would have been perfect. But what they did instead is make me force complex labels into predefined categories.
Here is an unpleasant side-effect of enabling the tabs...took them ~24 hours to start showing up after enabling the tabs feature on this account.
Unless the automatic junk mail ads are worth it to you in order to use the new feature, then you are better off not turning Tabs on (or disabling them if you have)! >_<
I have already deactivated the feature on this account..just go to Configure inbox using the Settings Icon and deselect all you can, then click Save.
Nice idea, but they really didn't implement it properly. By forcing users to a pre-determined (by them) set of categories, they are not allowing users enough room to personalize it. I would like to have been able to make my own "tabs", using the concepts of "mail boxes" and "rules" to place mail in different mail boxes. As it stands now, I will not use it, as the tabs are relatively meaningless for me and simply add to the confusion. They should have stuck with the labels and the "stars". Now that I have tried it, I would like to be able to go back to my old set up of "New Mail", "Starred Items" and "Read Items", but for some reason, I do not seem to be able to get this original setup back. So now my old system is screwed up, making things worse. Whatever happened of the old concept of "listening to your users"?
If you don't like the preset tabs (and I agree that they don't look very useful to me), you can roll your own via the "Multiple inboxes" feature under the regular old gmail settings menu. It won't look quite the same as the new tabbed interface, but you CAN do crazy things like filter all family emails into one area, important work email into another, and so on.
If you're comfortable writing your own gmail search strings, you'll find multiple inboxes a piece-o-cake!
I appreciate Google constantly trying to help people. Honest I do! But to me this one is a pure fail. I had all the complaints others had, plus a few. Besides, really... how difficult can it be? Open an email. Read it. Maybe reply/forward. If not, choose Delete, Spam or Archive. (once in a while an email might become a task or a calendar entry, but mostly it's those 4 choices.) Repeat till inbox = empty. Repeat process daily or as needed, until inbox = empty, every time.
Suddenly need a specific email you archived 2 minutes (or 2 years) ago? This IS Google... search!
Can it BE any simpler/easier than that? I honestly do not see any need for "organization", tools, or features...Priority Inbox.. Tabbed Inbox.. Why? Even stars and labels... while convenient, they aren't truly necessary. Adding features to Gmail is like putting chocolate frosting on a flawless diamond ring. Might seem sweet at first, but it's likely not an improvement.
I would like to be able to move a selected email to a file then delete all of it's 'sent' copies, 'trashed' copies etc. Seems to keep copies in too many places and only let's you delete an entire conversation rather than keeping only ones you want.
Everyone's comments are valid.
Why look through some tabs for something that used to be in front of your face?
I like the tabs... but Google failed on the implementation. Even the predefined tabs would be ok... if I could correct how various emails are getting categorized. My "How-To Geek" and kids' elementary school newsletters are showing up under "Promotions", my SQLServerCentral newsletter is showing up under "Updates". Some of my banking-related emails are going straight to "Primary" while others are going to "Updates".
All of which, I wouldn't have an issue with... IF I could just correct it.
Yeah... I'm concerned that our HTG newsletter is going to start being ignored.
Let me put my own labels on there and I'll use it. And I'm usually and early adopter.
I agree with the "USELESS" response. I've already gone to the trouble to set up filters to categorize my emails. Please give me credit for having enough sense to read through my own emails and make my own category choices. If you can't do that on your own, go to some other email service. I have disabled the 'multi-tab' inbox. I make it a point to open the google-created categories every so often to tell gmail that all of the new mails in those four asinine categories are "Not . . ." social, promotions, updates and/or forums.