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Miss Inbox? Gmail has hidden remnants of its sorting superpowers


It’s been nearly a year and a half since our beloved Google Inbox service made its way into the virtual beyond — and I don’t know about you, but I’m still mourning its absence.

Sure, you can kinda-sorta recreate some of its features within Gmail, including its time-based delivery system for certain types of messages. You can even bring a minimalist, Inbox-inspired approach into Gmail’s interface, thanks to the ongoing work of one of the app’s original creators and designers.

But a core part of the Inbox magic was its ability to intelligently sort your messages into advanced categories — separating out messages associated with things like travel, purchases, and financial activity — and that ever-so-helpful capability has never made its way into Gmail in any meaningful way.

Or so it would seem.

Those super-handy Inbox categories, I’ve recently discovered, actually do still exist in Gmail. They’re just totally hidden, and you’d never realize they’re still available. But if you figure out how to summon ’em, you can bring ’em back into your life and start taking advantage of their organizational powers once more.

Prepare to have your mind blown.

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