Is there a way to set my Gmail so that the default Inbox is "All mail"?
I mean as soon as I go to gmail.com or mail.google.com, All Mail opens up, is this possible other than specifying it in the address?


The address you are normally taken to is mail.google.com/#inbox. It's simply a matter of changing that mail.google.com/#inbox to mail.google.com/#all.

There currently is no way to have it go there by default. I would suggest just bookmarking https://mail.google.com/mail/#all or you could go a whole different route and use some kind of Greasemonkey script that would allow you to change where the GMail button links to.

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    I know all that. I guess the answer is simply no and that's it. – Shimmy Weitzhandler May 24 '12 at 2:18
  • @Shimmy Yes unfortunately it is a no basically. – ComputerLocus May 24 '12 at 2:19

You can turn use "multiple inboxes" to get all mail to the top of the window

  1. Go to settings/Labs and select "Multiple inboxes"
  2. Save Changes
  3. You should now see a "Multiple inboxes" tab in settings.
  4. GMail will let you specify a search query. In the first box enter "is:All Mail" without the quotes.
  5. Set the maximum page size to a larger number. It didn't complain about using 50, but I don't know if there is a maximum value.
  6. Set "Extra panels positioning" to Above the inbox. This will put the "All Mail" label above the main inbox.
  7. Save changes

There may be a couple of second lag the first time you go back to the main page, because it has to execute the new query.

It does the job with a couple of issues:

  • Each inbox has its own < and > button to move through the list
  • Each inbox has its own "view all" button which jumps you to the label
  • The gear button is only on the tool bar above the main inbox section.

Note: you will need to ensure that in Settings -> Inbox, your Inbox type is set to "Default".

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  • Actually that's my current setting, I have the inbox in the left side, and in:sent at the right, but I'd prefer having one column of all mail, so I can use the preview tab pane lab. – Shimmy Weitzhandler May 24 '12 at 10:27

I just used Alfred to accomplish this by using the https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#all url and creating a custom web search. Pretty easy.

Alfred is a task management app for Mac. You basically create custom commands based on keywords. For example I created a task called "gmail" and assigned the url for the inbox with All mail. So when I open up the Alfred window and type Gmail it goes to my inbox with all mail filtered.

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I came across this thread when looking for a way to have all my mail displayed as a default when GMail opened as the first my browser (Chrome) showed - it used to be like that.

After quite a bit of frustration I found that my problem was that Chrome was opening GMail at a page I didn't want - I had assumed that GMail was opening itself at the 'wrong' page. I got in amongst the Chrome settings and reset the first page it displayed to the one I wanted from GMail.

Hope this helps anybody else who may have had the same problem.

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All you have to do is in settings under inbox uncheck the other options except the primary and it will default to all mail

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    Getting rid of the other tabs will show you the Primary inbox by default, not All Mail. – phantom42 Mar 19 '14 at 17:20

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