Currently, when Unread message icon is enabled, gmail will display the total number of unread emails in your inbox.

I personally cannot be bothered to clear out my inbox, so this number becomes completely useless to me.

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Is there a way change this badge to display the number of new emails since the tab was last opened, or maybe even just unread emails from Today?

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Nope, it only checks your inbox folder for all unread messages. Your only options to use this specific icon feature involve managing your inbox

You could

  • Brute force it: Select > All > Select all conversations in primary > Mark as read

  • Set up a rule/script to archive old items or move them to another folder

  • Or install an extension that supports the kind of filtering your looking for

  • I like the idea of auto-archiving at the end of the day.
    – juil
    Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 14:03

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