New Gmail inbox style – What you need to know

Gmail recently introduced new tab style inbox.At first it seems a little difficult and out of context for new user.Also for traditional user who used to see all mails directly in inbox without any automatic folder structure, they need some time to understand this new view.I tried to explain this new inbox style in this post. Lets first see this introductory video to know what new style is all about:


So whats new in Inbox- Normally all mails including your social update,promotional email and updates from your bank and courier keep on coming to your primary box.It makes sometime impossible to find important email in between it. Gmail intelligently creates a tab structure for each category.




So now you will have Primary,Social,Promotion tab by default at your inbox on top, and also it shows how many unread mails are there in each tab.It makes it so easier to navigate to desired mail.One of the most important feature I love about it is I never miss any important mail. Meaning of each tab for your reference:


  Gmail Inbox Primary icon   PrimaryMessages from friends and family, as well as any other messages that don’t appear in other tabs.
  Gmail Inbox Promotions icon   PromotionsYour deals, offers, and other promotional emails.
  Gmail Inbox Social icon   SocialMessages from social networks, media-sharing sites, online dating services, gaming platforms, and other social websites.
  Gmail Inbox Updates icon   UpdatesNotifications such as confirmations, receipts, bills, and statements.
  Gmail Inbox Forums icon   ForumsMessages from online groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists.


The same feature is also available with Gmail official app in Andriod and iPhone.You always view primary tab as default.You can navigate to other tab by using an icon in the right.See the screen below for reference.
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How to customize the new inbox: You can always move message from one tab to another, in case you feel message is not in correct tab and in future message from that particular sender always falls into that tab.Also if you do not like the new tab view , you can switch back to older view of only primary mails.


Hope the video tutorial helped you to understand Gmail new inbox tab type view better.Please post your comments in comments section and let me know your view.