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Lose your customized gmail inbox settings after trying the new category tabs? I did. Here’s how to restore them.

I tried Gmail’s new inbox tabs, didn’t like them, and tried to revert back to my original settings by unchecking all the tabs. But there was a surprising, unwanted side effect: my “inbox type” reset to “default”. It had been years since I’d changed this, so it took me a little while to figure out how to get it back. (I like my inbox with the starred messages above everything else.)

If you are having trouble getting your old settings back after playing with the new tabs, this should do the trick:

1. Click the “Settings” gear icon, then uncheck all the optional tabs in the “Configure inbox” menu.
2. Click the “Settings” gear icon again, then go to Settings > Inbox and select Inbox type: “Starred first” (and whatever other options might have reset to their defaults).

Hope that helps someone out there. 🙂

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