Google on Wednesday made an announcement regarding some new additions to Gmail. The new Gmail comes with automatic labels which help the user  organize their Inbox. These changes are already implemented for Gmail on the web, and soon coming to iOS and Android versions of Gmail. With Tabs activated, Gmail users can now categorize their emails based on who is mailing them.

So if you want to access new tabs, and want to activate this feature, you have to perform some easy steps. It’s a quick process, but remember that this feature is only available in Gmail for web.

Login to your Gmail account using the browser on your computer and then click on the gear icon from the top-right corner of the screen. Click on “Configure Inbox” to get started with Gmail tabs.


Now you’ll get options to pick some tabs which you want to enable. You have the option to pick from Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums tab. When you hover over each tabs you’ll notice a preview of the emails in your account which will be displayed in that particular tab. Your Primary tab will display all emails, with the only exception of those that you’ve archived. If you don’t want to display a particular tab, simply uncheck that option. Later on, you can move the emails to another tab if you think that Gmail is showing emails listed in the wrong tab.


The “Include starred in Primary” option means that all starred emails will be displayed in Primary tab, regardless of the tab they belong to.

To move an email to another tab, right-click on it and then on Move to Tab. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the email to any tab that you prefer.


Lastly, if you prefer that this tabbed layout is not for you then you can always switch back to the default layout. To do this, click on the + sign next to the last tab and uncheck all options next to each tabs.

Overall this is indeed a very useful addition to Gmail as it helps you to categorize emails in a meaningful way. However, please note that at the time of writing this article, this feature is not yet available to Google Apps users, but it’s just a matter of time for such users.

Do try it out and let us know your opinion on it.