A few months ago Gmail introduced a new tabbed inbox layout design for some limited users. The new inbox automatically groups emails into categories according to their types. There are five different categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums. All mails will be sorted and displayed in different tabs. For instance, all emails from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ will automatically go into ‘Social’ tab. Google is gradually rolling out this new inbox to more users. To check whether you have access to this new Gmail tabbed inbox, click on the settings icon and then select ‘Configure Inbox’ option. From this screen you can enable different tabs.

Gmail enable tabbed interface

This Gmail tabbed inbox interface got a mixed response from users. Some like it and some find it cluttered and complicated. I’ve been using the new Gmail inbox from last few weeks. I don’t really like it, I prefer the old cleaner unified inbox layout. If you have tried the new tabbed Gmail layout and don’t like it then there is a way to disable Gmail tabs and get back old Gmail look. The process is pretty simple.

Gmail inbox layout settings

Steps to disable Gmail Tabs:

To turn off Gmail tabbed inbox first log in to your Gmail inbox and navigate to ‘Settings’ then open ‘Inbox’ tab. There you will see an option ‘Inbox type’. From the drop down list choose anything except the ‘Default’ option and hit ‘Save Changes’. Now you are back to old unified Gmail inbox. Rearrange inbox section according to your preference.

Disable Gmail tabs

Alternatively, you can click on the little ‘+’ sign next to the tab name and uncheck all other tabs keeping the ‘Primary’ inbox.

Get back old Gmail Inbox

Click on ‘Save’ to make the changes. Now all the Gmail tabs will be disabled and you will get back old styled inbox.


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