How To Get The Non-Tabbed Gmail Inbox Back

How To Get The Non-Tabbed Gmail Inbox Back

Yesterday, Google announced a new kind of inbox that automatically sorts your emails into categories. If you’ve tried it and it’s not your thing, here’s how to restore the old version.

If you want to get the old view back, here’s what to do:

  1. Head to Gmail’s settings and go to the Inbox tab.
  2. Next to “Inbox type,” open the drop down and select any option besides “Default.”
  3. Rearrange your inbox sections as you desire.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll get the old segmented inbox back. From there you can choose how many/which sections you want. You will lose the sorted tabs, though: for now, it seems you can only use one type of inbox or the other.


  • I’m still waiting for the new view to actually show up so I can test it out =/

  • When will Google learn to stop being like Microsoft and Facebook and breaking stuff every 5 minutes because some new product manager had a brain fart.

    No, I don’t want categorised inbox.

    No, I don’t want new crap on by default.

    Yes, I want you to innovate – just make it opt-in.

    Given all the other “feature products” that were actually awesome like google wave and reader get the plug pulled, why do I need some stupid mailbox categorisation rubbish for 6 months until you realise your users hate it?

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