Priority Inbox automatically identifies your important email and separates it out from everything else, so you can focus on what really matters.
Below are 4 top reasons which may convince you to use Priority Inbox.
1. Create custom importance filters.
If there are certain senders or terms that you always want to be marked important (or not), you can set up a filter to always or never mark those messages as important.
2. Create your own labels for different categories and show those in the different sections.
You can customize up to three sections to show whichever labels you choose. For example, you can put all the messages from your family in one section, all the messages from your friends in another, and all the messages from your coworkers in another. You can customize your sections to show whichever labels you want, just click on the title of the section you’d like to change, select More options… and choose a label.
3. Only look at the important messages and check out everything else later.
Only want to see important messages in Priority Inbox? Go to the Priority Inbox tab in Settings and change the top section to ‘Important’ and remove the middle section. When you go back to Priority Inbox, you’ll have only two sections: ‘Important’ and ‘Everything else.’ If you want to get rid of everything else, just click on the minus sign to the left of Everything else to minimize that section.
4. Get back on track when you come back from vacation.
Ever get back from a relaxing vacation only to be overwhelmed by your inbox? You can use the View All link in the Important and Unread section to focus only on your important messages first. Once you’ve gone through all of your important mail, you can scan everything else.
Tips for getting comfortable with Priority Inbox
Here are a few tips for using Priority Inbox:
- Check your regular Inbox or your Everything else section every once in a while, to make sure that Gmail didn’t miss an important message. If it did, just use the ‘important’ button to help teach Gmail what you care about most.
- Find a configuration that works best for you. If you don’t trust Gmail’s importance ranking quite yet, try setting the top section to show all unread messages, the middle section to show important messages, and the bottom section to show everything else. That way all of your unread messages will be grouped together, and you can decide whether Gmail is correctly identifying your important messages.
- Too timid to take the plunge? Some people find that just using their regular Inbox and training the system from there is a good way to get Gmail to learn what’s important to them without diving into Priority Inbox right away. Once you think Gmail is doing a good job identifying important messages, come back to Priority Inbox and check it out.
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