Do You Use Gmail? Here Are 2 Ways to Take Back Control of Your New “Tabbed” Inbox

You may have heard about (or seen) the new "Tabs" in your Gmail inbox. If you haven't started seeing them yet, you will shortly. These tabs are part of Google's latest Gmail update. However, you may miss out on important information that you've requested and we've put together some steps you can take to make sure that doesn't happen.

So why does GearUp2Go care about Gmail?

Because as customers and subscribers, if you use Gmail you could miss out on important updates and order information from us unless you take action. We want to make sure you continue seeing the information you've requested that we send to you via email.

The Scoop on the Gmail Inbox Tabs

The new "tabbed" version of Gmail includes 5 new email categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums.  Only the first 3 categories (Primary, Social and Promotions) are active by default. Think of it like having 3 or more inboxes to check instead of just one except the contents of them will be filtered.

New Gmail Tabs

According to Google, here is what you'll find under each tab:

  • Primary Tab – "Person-to-person conversations and messages that don't appear in other tabs."
  • Social Tab – "Messages from social networks, media-sharing sites, online dating services and other social websites."
  • Promotions Tab – "Deals, offers and other marketing emails."
  • Updates Tab – "Personal, auto-generated updates including confirmations, receipts, bills and statements" (this tab is disabled by default)
  • Forums Tab – "Messages from online groups, discussion boards and mailing lists" (this tab is disabled by default)

Maybe you love the idea or maybe you don't. Either way, if you use Google's Gmail interface, your email will automatically be filtered and sorted into one of these new tabs. You may be thinking, "Okay, no problem. If at first I don't see what I want in my Primary inbox I'll just check the other tabs." While that sounds like a simple and positive approach, you may be in for a surprise because Google intends to use the Promotions tab to send unsolicited advertisements straight to users' inboxes. It's a new way to show Google Ads. And while I agree that Google should have the right to advertise through a tool of theirs that we use for free, the problem is that these new advertisements look just like legitimate emails. Personally, I don't want to sort through advertisements to find subscription emails, newsletters and confirmation emails that I've requested. So here are some options.

Gmail Tab Option 1

Gmail tabs can be configured

Disable any unwanted tabs. If you hide a tab, messages that would normally be filtered into that category will appear in your Primary tab instead (which cannot be disabled). To disable a tab, click the + icon to the right of your tabs or by selecting "Configure Inbox" from the settings menu. A window with options will appear. Use the checkboxes to select the tabs you wish to enable or disable, then save your changes.

Gmail Tab Option 2

If you like the tabs and don't want to disable them you can still "configure" what emails appear where. If you see an email appear within any of the enabled tabs and you want it to appear in your Primary tab or another tab, simply click and drag the email over another tab and "drop" it there. You may also right-click on a message and select the appropriate tab from the "Move to tab" options menu.
Drag and drop or right-click on emails to sort them into the desired tabs
After you move a message, you will be prompted by Gmail to specify if that was a mistake and you want to undo the action or if you would like messages from that sender to always be sorted into the tab to which you moved it. Make sure you select "Yes" so that you don't have to go through this process again.

Similarly, if you mark a message with a star, the message will automatically appear in your Primary tab until they are unstarred. This can come in handy for sorting messages for followup or to help you keep track of important emails you may need to reference again later.

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About the Author: J.M. Stickney is a powersports enthusiast working as the Digital Marketing Manager at GearUp2Go. She loves to ride her Suzuki GSX-R600 on the street or at the track. While not on her bike she spends a lot of time outdoors, writing, reading, running or spending time with her family.

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