Google has just updated the Gmail interface with a new tab system that sorts your email into a Primary, Social, Updates, or Promotions tab. I love Gmail, but I'm a big boy and I would like to sort my own email thank you very much.
I don't mind the social tab, which catches things like Facebook, and Twitter notifications. But as for promotional and marketing emails, I want to see the sales, coupons, and newsletters - I save money with them, I get tips from them. And as for Updates, I'd like them to appear at the top of my main inbox where I am used to looking for them.
Gmail's Promotions tab filters out mass mailings and funnels them into their own little "inbox." Inevitably, it will become a "junkmail box" full of forgotten emails. Among them, I've already found offers that I want among my regular emails. If I don't want promotions from a sender - I simply delete their email or unsubscribe. But I want to see it all, and sort my own email.
Why Turn Off the Promotions Tab? Or other tabs?
Isn't the Gmail Promotions Tab a good thing? Doesn't it eliminate spam? Why turn off the Promotions tab? Why turn off the Updates tab?
On the very first day of using the Gmail Promotions tab I thought I'd give it a try. I check my email through the day and respond on the fly. It was in the afternoon that I noticed I had new emails behind the Promotions tab, and also in the Updates tab that had been sitting for hours.
In short, I don't want my email behind several tabs - I want to see one screen and deal with it myself. Google is trying to fix a problem that - for many people - doesn't exist. But missing emails because their placed behind tabs IS a problem for me.
Here is how to disable the Promotions tab (along with any other tabs) in your Gmail account.
- Click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear in the upper right of your screen)
- Select Configure Inbox
- Deselect the Promotions option (and any other tabs you don't want)
- Click Save
The Promotions tab, and other tabs you don't want will now no longer appear on your Gmail page.