Gmail has been rolling out a brand new inbox on both desktop and mobile, designed to help users stay organized and on top of their email.
Gmail’s new Inbox separates email into five tabs:
- Primary – Person-to-person conversations and messages that don’t appear in other tabs.
- Social – Messages from social networks, media-sharing sites, online dating services, and other social websites.
- Promotions – Deals, offers, and other marketing emails.
- Updates – Personal, auto-generated updates including confirmations, receipts, bills, and statements.
- Forums – Messages from online groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists.
Gmail will automatically categorize your email for you, but it will also learn as you move emails around and sort messages on your own (just drag and drop messages into the different tabs).
Still, you might not like the way Gmail handles this and want to turn the feature off. Here’s how:
- Click on Gmail’s gear icon in the upper right area, and a menu will display.
- Click “Configure inbox.”
- Deselect all the tabs/categories to go back to your old inbox.
- Click “Save.”
Note that if you choose to keep the tabs, Constant Contact emails will likely end up under the Promotions tab. So please check there regularly so you don’t miss reading e-newsletters, including mine! By the way, all my e-newsletters are archived.