Jul 7th, 2011

Gmail has another new feature for its users this time allowing you to pick your from your favorite inbox style without digging around through the settings. When I first read this I thought “styles” had something to do with themes but not so. Styles are a way of managing your inbox so that it best suits your needs.

Now they are provided in a handy tab at the top of your inbox for easy access. Once you’ve found a style you like and you’ve been using it for a week, the tab will disappear out of sight and into the inbox drop down menu to avoid clutter.

Descriptions of the styles are as follows:

  • Classic – This is the default inbox style most people are used to. In the Classic inbox, messages are ordered chronologically, with your most recent email at the top.
  • Priority Inbox – Important and unread messages appear at the top of your inbox, then starred messages, then everything else. Each section can be customized further, so you can create your own inbox style.
  • Important first – This style puts important mail at the top of the page (both read and unread messages). Everything else is in its own section at the bottom of your inbox. You may have noticed that we turned on importance arrows for everyone a few weeks ago; this inbox style separates messages with these arrows from those without.
  • Unread first – Simple: unread mail at the top; everything else at the bottom.
  • Starred first – Starred messages at the top; everything else at the bottom.

The feature hasn’t rolled out to everyone (no luck for me) but Gmail wants you to know that you can expect to see a change within the coming weeks. So tell me guys, do you have the styles tab in your inbox and what style do you find the most useful?

[Via GmailBlog]