Customise your Gmail Inbox


Gmail allows for a lot of different personalisation options, from where you read your email to how the tell you what email you’ve got. It’s a good idea to look at the settings and make Gmail the way you want it. There’s a video guide at the bottom of this post to help too.

So we thought we’d share five ways you can customise your inbox and the user interface.

1. Expand or shrink your view

Change how spacious or compact you want your inbox view. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Display density.

Tip: If you choose Default, you’ll get a preview of your attachments from your inbox.

2. Show or hide the menu

To make room for previewing your email, you can expand or shrink your inbox view by clicking Menu Menu.

3. Show the preview pane

Keep your inbox in view while reading and replying to email. Just open Gmail’s preview pane.

At the top of your inbox, next to Toggle split pane mode Horizontal split, click the Down Down Arrow and choose where the pane should appear:

  • Toggle  (to see messages on the right).
  • Horizontal split (to see messages below).

4. Choose your inbox type

Whether you want to prioritise messages automatically (Priority Inbox) or categorise email (tabbed inbox), you can customise Gmail to fit the way you work.

Default inbox

Set which email you want to see first, such as messages you haven’t read or ones marked important.

Priority inbox

  • Allow Gmail to sort and prioritise your email for you.
  • Add additional categories to customise your inbox.

Tabbed inbox

  • Move less-relevant email (such as social updates and promotions) out of their primary inboxes.
  • Get tabs at the top of your inbox, where you can quickly move between them.

5. Choose a theme

You can pick a theme to change your Gmail background.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Themes.
  4. Click on a theme. You can make changes to some themes by clicking Text Background Text Background, Vignette Vignette or Blur Blur.
  5. Click Save.