Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Make the Gmail Unread Count More Visible in Tabs Always know how many unread emails you have by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on December 18, 2019 Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email Gmail supports a tweak to display an unread-message count overlaying the Gmail icon in your Chrome tab. This setting is most useful If you keep your Inbox open in a smaller, pinned window or if you regularly have too many tabs open to see the number in the title. Here's how to do it. Make the Gmail Unread Count More Visible in Tabs To move the unread count forward in the Gmail page title and make it visible in background tabs or collapsed and minimized windows: Click the Gear icon in Gmail. Click Settings. Go to the Advanced tab. In the Unread message icon section, click Enable. Click Save Changes. Now, the Gmail logo in the tab you have the inbox open in will include a small number in the lower-right corner. It will stay visible if you pin the tab.