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This article was published on July 8, 2011

Gmail to roll out new inbox sorting options

Gmail to roll out new inbox sorting options
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Google introduced Priority Inbox last year to much fanfare from those with bottomless inboxes, and today announced that it is taking the sorting options it provides to users a step further in the coming weeks.

The new sorting options include Classic (that’s what you’re used to right now), Priority Inbox, Important first, Unread first, and Starred first.

While Unread first and Starred first are self-explanatory, Important first sounds a lot like Priority Inbox. The difference is that Priority Inbox shows important unread messages first, whereas Important first orders by importance but not by read state.

The tabs you see in the screenshot above will disappear after you settle on a style and use it for around a week, but you’ll always be able to change your sorting style using the Inbox label drop down menu.