With Google's recent changes to Gmail inboxes, it seems that if I pick "Priority Inbox" as my preferred view, I can only see the number of unread important email in the sidebar:


As you can (hopefully) see from my heavily-blurred and resized screenshot, the sidebar says Inbox (5), but there are many unread email in Everything Else.

Is there a way to get the total unread mail count now, similar to how it used to be where Priority Inbox (X) would give the number of unread important emails and Inbox (Y) would give the total unread count?

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There is a setting for this, you need to:

  • Click Mail Settings from the cog menu
  • Click the Inbox tab
  • Ensure that the Inbox Type is set to Priority Inbox
  • In the Inbox unread count section select the radio button named Unread items in the inbox
  • Save your changes

Gmail Inbox Settings

  • Within the Mail settings => Inbox tab I had to click "Reset Priority Inbox to default configuration" to get the Inbox unread count section to show up
    – WiredIn
    Feb 6, 2019 at 19:01

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