How To: Get rid of inbox tabs in Gmail


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I guess I was one of many who recently accessed their Gmail only to see incoming emails automatically sorted under a new tabs system.

gmail tabs

This may be fine if emails were categorized properly but it seemed to me they had been randomly sorted under different tabs, certainly not how I would have categorized them.  Besides, I can manage my emails just fine all by myself, thank you Mr. Google. The good news is, it is purely optional and there are two simple methods to make the tabs go away.

Turn off tabs in Gmail – #1

  • Click on Gmail’s gear icon (top right of screen) and from the drop down menu select Configure inbox.

Gmail settings - configure inbox

  • In the following screen, remove the checkmark from (deselect) extraneous tab options and click Save. Done!

Gmail settings - deselect tabs

 Turn off tabs in Gmail – #2

  • Click on Gmail’s gear icon (top right of screen) and from the drop down menu select Settings.

Gmail settings

In the menu across the top of the Settings window, click on and open the Inbox tab

Gmail settings - inbox

  •  Deselect extraneous tabs as described in #1 and then click the Save Changes button. Done!

Gmail settings - deselect tabs #2

I can see how this new feature may be useful for some, especially where inboxes might be full to overflowing. However, for a variety of reasons, it does not suit me personally. I’m just thankful that Google did not make the tabbed inbox mandatory and provided simple options to disable it.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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