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I would like to customize the priority inbox of my Google Apps email. The top section is already "Important and unread" and the bottom section "Everything else".

In the middle I would like to have the section "In Inbox and having [label]". It seems however that it's only possible to show all message of a certain label.

I also would be satisfied with "Unread in [label]", but also that I can't figure out how to put.

Is what I want possible?

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You MIGHT be able to do something close to that if you use the Multiple Inboxes feature from Labs. I believe the rules for determining which inbox gets what is a little more dynamic, buy you'll lose the automatic prioritization that Priority Inbox offers. – Al E. Oct 7 '10 at 19:05
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Yes you can do this but not without a little bit of hacking around.

From my answer at Equivalent of 'archive' for priority inbox \ multiple inbox :

The only way that I have found to do it is either with the element inspector in chrome/safari or with firebug in firefox. The good news is that once you have made the settings change it will work in all browsers.

  1. Go to the priority inbox settings tab.
  2. Click the options next to the section you want to show your work mail.
  3. Click "More Options..."
  4. Inspect the element for the "Work" Label
  5. You will notice on the surrounding div there is an attribute cfg="^all,Work", change the value to "^i,Work"
  6. Select the label on the page as you normally would

You will know if it worked or not straight away because the section settings should now read : Inbox, Work instead of the All Work that it used to read.

Here is a list of alternative commands you can use. You can chain commands together with a comma.

^i = Inbox
^u = Unread
^io_im = Important
^t = starred
^f = sent
^r = drafts
^all = All mail (include archive)

ie. ^i,^u,Work = all emails in your inbox, that are unread with the label "Work".

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I can only say, WOW. This answer is really good. How did you figure this out? – Peter Smit Jul 27 '11 at 9:36
Really I just wanted to use the priority inbox this way, so I had a look at the inspector to see if I could made it happen. The ^i meaning inbox was just an educated guess based on the other codes from that list. – Ben Aug 2 '11 at 5:14
Still working, this is unbelievable. I can't understand why the google engineers have not implemented this yet. – José Tomás Tocino Sep 11 '12 at 13:18
Amazing! Note: ^u doesn't include archived e-mail unless you also add ^all to include archived mail. This is a perfect way to show IMAP mail from another account in a separate section of your priority inbox: ^u,^all,name@account.com – mltsy Apr 14 '13 at 17:37
Is there a way to NOT a command? Like -^t or something to represent not starred? – golddove Mar 27 '14 at 23:03

Not currently possible without a bit of hacking. (See Ben's answer.)

Out of the box you can have Inbox and...

  • Important and unread
  • Important
  • Unread
  • Starred

OR all of a particular label.

Can't combine Inbox and a different label the way you're looking to do.

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I had the same issue with Priority Inbox. When you select a label for a section, it automatically includes all of a particular label- both read an unread. I got around it by setting up two filters for items in the middle section. The rules for applying it are the same, but label names have (Unread) or (Archived) after it. Select the one with the unread qualifier for your section. When the message comes in, both labels are applied and it is filtered into the proper section in priority inbox. After I read it, I remove the (unread) label and leave the (archived) label. It is automatically removed from the priority inbox screen, but I can easily find it later.

Does that make sense?

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Yes you can do this.

  1. Go to Settings > Priority Inbox
  2. You'll see four Priority Inbox Sections
  3. Click on Add section beside the Empty section (usually the third one)
  4. A menu will open and you can select the label you want, and your section will be about all Inbox items that have a particular label.

You'll later be able to choose how many items you'd like to display in your section.

I guess that's exactly what you want. I've tried it myself and it works.

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No, this does not work. It shows all emails with [label] and not only the emails that are also in Inbox. – Peter Smit Oct 7 '10 at 14:32
Sorry for that. I thought because "more options..." is in the part with "In Inbox and" that it works the same with labels so like "In Inbox and labelled [label]". It showed correctly with the label I used, because first 10 items were all in Inbox. Stupid of me. – Robert Koritnik Oct 7 '10 at 16:03

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