How to Disable Inbox Tabs in Gmail

Easily customize the tabs in your inbox

Disable inbox tabs in Gmail
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Return Gmail to an inbox that shows all messages simply ordered by date.

Simple and Elegant Trumps Smart and Baroque?

An inbox is an inbox—and not two or five. Why let Gmail filter out some messages to special tabs when all that adds is at least one more click to make?

If you prefer your Gmail inbox elegant and simple, you can disable inbox tabs in reasonably simple a manner. All messages previously found only on tabs will appear under Inbox then.

Disable Inbox Tabs in Gmail

To turn off tabs in your Gmail inbox and see all messages in one list:

  1. Open up your Gmail inbox.

    Gmail inbox
  2. Select the gear icon in the upper right corner of the inbox.

  3. A menu will open up with a quick list of options, choose Configure inbox.

    Gmail inbox with options open
  4. Gmail will open up a new modal window and darken your inbox around it. All the available tab categories will be listed with a check box next to each one. Select the tab categories you want to remove to uncheck them.

    Gmail select tab to disable
  5. When you have only the tabs you want, press Save at the bottom of the window.

    Gmail disable tab
  6. Give your inbox a few seconds to refresh. After it does, the tabs that you disabled will be removed, and their contents will be in your Primary tab.

    Gmail inbox with a tab removed