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Choose your inbox type


Intro to inboxesWhether you want to prioritize messages automatically (Priority Inbox), categorize email (tabbed inbox), or show several inboxes in one view (multiple inboxes), you can customize Gmail to fit the way you work.


What kind of inbox do you want to use?

If you want to... Choose this option...
Set which email you want to see first, such as messages you haven't read or ones marked important.

Set up your default inbox

  • Allow Gmail to sort and prioritize your email for you.
  • Add additional categories to customize your inbox.

Set up a Priority inbox

  • Move less-relevant email (such as social updates and promotions) out of their primary inboxes.
  • Get tabs at the top of your inbox, where you can quickly move between them.

Set up a Tabbed inbox

  • You have multiple email accounts and want to consolidate them.

  • You want to prioritize certain daily tasks or individuals. For example, you can:

    • Create inboxes for tasks that need to be done today, tomorrow, and next week.
    • Create inboxes for email from certain people, such as your manager or an important customer.
    • Manage email from different accounts.

You can create up to 5 different inboxes.

Set up Multiple inboxes
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