How to Switch Away from Tabs in Gmail

Your Gmail inbox can be formatted in several different ways. The default option includes three separate tabs where emails are sorted into categories, such as Primary, Social, and Promotions. This lets you segment emails by type, making it easy to ignore the emails that you don’t typically act upon, or that aren’t as important to you.

But you might prefer to sort your inbox in a different way, such as with the unread emails at the top of the inbox. Our guide below will show you how to change the Gmail inbox type so that you can achieve the type of email sorting that is more useful to you.

Did you know that you can change the name of an email that you are replying to or forwarding? Our guide on how to edit subject line in Gmail will show you how to do it.

How to Switch to the “Unread First” Option for Your Gmail Inbox

The steps in this article apply to the display of the Gmail inbox when viewed in a Web browser like Google Chrome. There are a few different options from which you can select for how your inbox is configured, but I am choosing the option that displays by unread emails at the top of my inbox.

The ability to unsend an email can come in really handy. Our tutorial on how to recall an email in Gmail will show you how to use it.

Step 1: Open a Web browser tab and sign into your Gmail account at

Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then select the Settings option.

open gmail settings menu

Step 3: Click the Inbox tab at the top of the menu.

click the gmail inbox tab

Step 4: Click the dropdown menu to the right of Inbox type, then select the Inbox option that you would like to use.

how to switch from tabs in gmail

Step 5: Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the menu to apply the change to your inbox.

save inbox settings changes in gmail

Do you not use the chat feature in Gmail, and you’re tired of seeing it on your screen? Learn how to disable Gmail chat and remove that section from your mail screen.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy