How to change your inbox layout in Gmail


Sort your menu layout and emails into tabs, or keep them all in one place

Gmail offers several configurable formats – so many that you can have multiple Gmail accounts, and they may all look completely different. For example, you can put all your emails in one long list, you can split your messages into multiple tabs, or you can split your inbox into unread and read messages.

On top of that, there are several other ways to organise your inbox, from adding a reading pane to coming up with your own categories for organising your emails. Here’s how to customise your Gmail interface and learn about all the options

There are many different ways to customise your current Gmail menu, and the main objective is to choose one that you find most comfortable to use. When you have decided on a new menu layout, it is important to save it to your computer in the same folder as all of your other files.

This will ensure that your new layout will work with all of your other programs. Changing your Google menu is a great way to make any email program stand out from the others on the internet, and is an easy process that anyone can do.


  • Click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the screen
  • A “Quick settings” sidebar will open on the right side of your inbox, which will allow you to adjust some settings. For example, you can adjust display density, which controls how compact your messages appear. You can also choose the position for your reading pane and what inbox type you have. (We’ll go into those later.)
  • Click “See all settings” at the top of this sidebar for more options
  • Click the Inbox tab

Next to “Inbox type,” you have a number of options to choose from in the drop-down menu:

  • “Default” puts your emails into the familiar separate vertical tabs
  • “Important first,” “Unread first,” and “Starred first” each split the inbox into two sections horizontally: the section you choose as first (Important, Unread, or Starred) and then everything else
  • “Priority Inbox” and “Multiple Inboxes” each create different sections within your email, and you can scroll down to view each section. (We’ll go into how to customise both setups later in this article.) Depending on which type of Inbox you choose, the next few steps will be a little different.
You can choose from many different inbox layouts.

If you select the default Inbox setting, under “Inbox type”, next to “Categories”, you can check the boxes to decide how your emails are sorted. You can hover over the name of each category to see examples of which types of emails will be sorted under which tab. If you want your email to be displayed all in one tab, you can uncheck all the boxes. (But you can’t deselect Primary.) You also have the option to “Include Starred in Primary” so that any email you starred will also appear in Primary, regardless of which other category it falls into.

You can choose from one to five different tabs for a Default inbox.

The options for “Important first,” “Unread first,” and “Starred first” are similar. Under “Inbox sections,” you can click on the Options button to select how many emails you want to appear in each section.

You can use the drop-down options and choose how many important emails are displayed.

If you select “Important ” or “Priority inbox”, you will see an additional option that allows you to change the way Gmail counts your unread emails: if that number reflects only the important unread emails, all your emails are not read or a report of the important ones to all of them.

Important first and Priority inbox both give you the options to change how your unread email count appears

You also have the option to add a Reading Pane, unless you’re in the Multiple Mailboxes layout. After checking the box next to “Enable Reading Pane”, you can use the options below to select the location for the pane.

Adding a reading pane and choosing its position.

In the “Importance Indicator” section, you can choose whether Gmail displays yellow cards (indicating an important message) next to emails and whether Gmail automatically assigns them based on your activity.

Adjusting your settings for importance markers.
  • At the bottom of the page, there’s an option to “Override filters” or “Don’t override filters.” You can adjust those filters in the “Filters & Blocked Addresses” tab in Settings.
  • When you’re done, don’t forget to click “Save Changes.”
You can also choose how filters are handled.


If you choose to go with Priority Inbox, you can use the drop-down menu next to each option under “Inbox Sections” to choose which categories to include and which to remove, how many messages from each section to include, and whether to hide a section when it’s empty.

Choose which sections show up in your inbox here
  • To add another section, go to the Label tab at the top of the Settings menu
  • Click the “Create new label” button at the bottom of the menu
  • Type in a name for your label in the pop-up window. Then click “Create.”
Come up with a name for your new label.
  • Go to the “Inbox” tab and click “Options” next to an inbox section
  • Select “More options” from the drop-down menu
  • Select the label from the drop-down options that appear
Choose your new label from the drop-down list
  • Click “Save changes” at the bottom of the menu


  • Select Multiple inboxes in Inbox type.
  • To set up your inboxes, you’ll have to enter in each category as a search operator, such as is:starred or is:unread. You can create up to five sections.
  • You can add a label for each category in Section Name
  • Type in the number of emails you want displayed in each category, next to “Maximum page size”
  • To change the placement of the sections, adjust it in “Multiple Inbox position”
On this screen, you can customize the Multiple inbox setup, including placement and adding sections.

One thing to keep in mind when you change your menu is that all changes are saved globally. This means when you login to your Gmail account from a different location. These settings and changes will apply.

Gmail has become most usable app because of its enormous features and its use in the marketing or any business.

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