Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Using Gmail Inbox Tabs in Geary

I'm one of those odd people that likes the Gmail inbox tabs. I don't even customize them, they work just great for me out of the box. Mainly, I just don't like to think about my email. Which is why I'm liking Geary. But it doesn't see my Gmail tabs. Actually, any client will have this problem, not just Geary. Gmail doesn't export the property. But there is a way around this by using filters.

I'm not going to show you how to create filters - Google has better help than I can give you - just search for 'gmail filters'  https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en.

So, a filter is basically a saved search, and we can set some rules. By selecting the tab as our search criteria, we can create a filter based on a tab. To create a label for the Forums tab, I set these options:

WARNING: This is destructive. When this is working, your tabs will always be empty. But you'll need to leave them active for this to continue working. So Gmail won't look as pretty, cause you'll always have those empty tabs sitting there.

Do the same for each tab. When you are done, and you click on the tab, it will now be empty. The contents will be auto archived and labeled with the same name as the tab. And now, you can view them as Labels in Geary.


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