Gmail ProTips #2 – Priority Inbox

So my friends asked me to send out some tips for how I set up my email and I got some good feedback from it, so I guess I’ll post this next one on my blog…

I have been using gmail’s new Priority Inbox for some time now and I really like it. Basically, it automatically sorts the emails that are important to me from the ones that are less important. From what I’ve seen, this is mostly determined by who the sender is, and how many recipients there are. IE, a message sent from someone in my contacts to only me is likely more important than one sent by Facebook to a mailing list.

So… to get set up with priority inbox, simply go to your email settings screen

and click on the Priority Inbox view.


Select all the options as you see here:

Once this is all set up, you’ll have a link on the top of your left hand menu for Priority Inbox. Clicking on that will take you to a screen similar to this:

As you can see, my emails are now separated into unread messages that Gmail has classified as Important, messages I’ve starred, important messages I’ve already read, and then everything else. Now, Gmail isn’t perfect when it comes to figuring out what’s important to you, but it can actually learn from you as you use the priority settings. If you get a message that should be marked important and isn’t, or one that isn’t important but got labeled as such, you can change it’s importance by selecting it and pressing the little  keys. Gmail will learn to mark these messages correctly over time.


This really helps to weed out all the miscellaneous stuff I get from social networks and forums and highlights the important messages I get from actual people! Pretty Cool!

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