I heard a complaint recently from my son. I had forwarded an electronic retailer’s email advertisement to him because he was looking for a new monitor.
The email was a short-term sale, but unfortunately, he didn’t see the email in time. Gmail had sorted it into the Promotions tab.
When he looked for the email, it was too late. He mentioned to me that he doesn’t like Gmail’s new Tab Interface. Since I didn’t recall it on my Gmail account, I went looking for it…
I found the applicable link on the upper right-hand side of the Gmail window. You don’t have to use the down-pointing triangle to open up the options. The cog icon and the down-pointing triangle are both located on the same button. Just click on the cog button to see the options.
The dialog box that opens (as a lightbox in the middle of the screen) allows you to select which tabs you want to display in Gmail. The defaults (initially checked) are Primary, Social and Promotions.
If you hover over the option, the right-hand side of the lightbox will provide some additional information or options that go with that checkbox.
If you don’t want to have Gmail’s tabs, just uncheck everything but Primary.
When you’re ready to save the options you’ve selected, click the Save button.The first time you select the tabbed interface, you’ll get the next lightbox display.
Your two options are "Learn more…." and "Okay, got it!"
In the previous lightbox, there was a note that you could click on the plus(+) sign, at the right side of the tabs, to edit your tab settings or to remove them.
You can also click on the cog button, which is also displayed at that time.
Below, you can see that I’ve returned from the tabbed interface to the non-tabbed Gmail interface that I prefer.
Whether you use the tabs or not is up to you.
The reason the subject came up is because Gmail was automatically diverting emails into tabs other than the Primary tab. That meant that it was easy to miss that you’d received a new email.
I don’t think that this filtering is particularly helpful.