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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

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Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip April 2018

Google has introduced a new "feature" for its email which affects how incoming mail is shown. This aims to automatically sort incoming mail into its relevance to you. Note that this is in addition to mail suspected as being spam being sent to the spam folder. Thus if you are missing some expected mail you now have somewhere else to look.

Below are notes to illustrate where to look and how to turn the feature off. The notes cover using webmail. In the screen shots below some detail has been obscured deliberately, and / or only the relevant part of the window is shown.

Inbox now has three tabs by default labelled "Primary", "Social", and "Promotions".The default on opening is "Primary". The three tabs are illustrated in fig 1.


Fig 1 - three tabs of the Inbox

If you don't like this automatic sorting (which seems to work reasonably), then you can change it. Click on the Cog icon and choose "Configure inbox", fig 2.


Fig 2 - finding "Configure inbox"

This will bring up a view as in fig 3.


Fig 3 - the default options

Now untick the "Social" and "Promotions" to give fig 4, and then click Save.


Fig 4 - the revised inbox settings

This will now return your Inbox to how it used to be - the tabs have gone, and immediately after the change is a message box telling you that the tabs are switched off, fig 5.


Fig 5 - Back to the old look

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