Email Overload? Priority Inbox Now In Gmail

Priority Inbox (Beta) is a new view of your inbox that automatically helps you focus on your most important messages. Priority Inbox splits your inbox into three sections: “Important and unread,” “Starred,” and “Everything else”. Messages are automatically categorized as they arrive in your inbox.

Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most and which messages you open and reply to (these are likely more important than the ones you skip over). You can improve the ranking in Priority Inbox by clicking the plus or minus buttons at the top of the inbox to mark conversations as important or not important.

You can choose to show different types of messages in each section, to set maximum sizes for each section, and to hide or add a section altogether. You can customize your sections from the Priority Inbox tab under Gmail Settings or right from the inline menus dropdown arrow.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what’s new:
– Users can manually opt-in to this new feature by clicking on the “New! Priority Inbox” link in the top right corner.
– Users can return to the normal view at any time by clicking on “Inbox” or by disabling Priority Inbox in “Settings”.
– Priority Inbox is not fully available in Gmail for mobile. There is, however, an “Important” label on the mobile web app and in IMAP where you will find your important messages if you have chosen to show Priority Inbox.
– If you only access your Gmail account through POP or IMAP, Priority Inbox won’t be fully available. If you select “Show Priority Inbox” from Gmail Settings in the web interface, you will see an “Important” label which contains your important messages.

Note: This feature is being rolled out gradually this week to Google Apps domains and only to domains whose administrator has enabled the ‘Enable pre-release features’ checkbox in the Google Apps Control Panel under ‘Domain settings’.

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