How to Have Multiple Mailboxes in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

  • You can create multiple inboxes to see all your essential emails at once.
  • You can base extra inboxes on labels, starred messages, drafts, or any search terms you can come up with.

How the multiple inboxes feature in Gmail works

  • Gmail allows you to enter a search query and display it as a separate mailbox within the same interface.
  • For example, you can set up the search query from:me, and you will create another mailbox that only shows emails sent from you.

How to create multiple inboxes in your Gmail step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Have Multiple Mailboxes In Gmail - Step 1

Open Gmail and click the Settings gear icon in the top right.

Step 2

How To Have Multiple Mailboxes In Gmail - Step 2

Select See all settings.

Step 3

How To Have Multiple Mailboxes In Gmail - Step 3

Select the Inbox tab on top.

Then to the right of Inbox type, click Default and select Multiple Inboxes.

Step 4

How To Have Multiple Mailboxes In Gmail - Step 4

Now you can set up search queries that form separate Inboxes. 

Add a search query under Search query and give it a name under Section name (optional).

  • For example, we set up a separate Inbox that only shows messages sent by us.
  • We did this by typing from:ouremailaddress@domain in the Search query and gave it a Section name “Sent by me.”

Maximum page size determines how many emails can to display on a single page of each multiple inbox.

Multiple inbox position specifies where the multiple inboxes will appear on your screen.

Make sure to click Save Changes after making any updates.

Step 5

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We added three additional Inboxes:

  • Mail from Google, which shows emails sent by Google;
  • Sent by me, which shows emails sent by us;
  • Group mail, which shows emails sent to one of our Google Groups.

We selected the option to display these Inboxes on the right side of the screen, so now we have the default Inbox on the left, and on the right, we have the three other Inboxes.

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