This changed 6-12 months ago. At some point, GMail's "Starred First" and "Starred" mail views started sorting conversations by the most recently starred email. This means that new replies to old starred conversations can entirely miss my attention, because they show up on page two (or further back). How can I avoid/fix this?

EDIT: This has gotten worse since the mobile app has lost the ability to star specific emails in a thread.

  • This is still a problem, right?
    – Michaël
    Apr 21, 2017 at 15:22
  • @Michaël yep. long since determined it's never going to get fixed.
    – Sparr
    Apr 21, 2017 at 21:42
  • Anybody?.......
    – user45607
    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:13

1 Answer 1


If you hover over the Inbox button in gmail, it will give you a drop down arrow. You need to change this from "Stared First" to "Unread First". This will still reserve your conversations, and they will just pop to the top of the list when someone replies. Just look for the stars to see the important one, or add flags to add more organization to different types of contacts.

All of the read conversations will be in a separate section called "Everything Else"

Good Luck!

  • This puts unread conversations at the top, and lets read starred conversations scroll off the bottom. I want starred at the top.
    – Sparr
    Sep 15, 2014 at 13:48
  • If you are getting new emails replies in stared conversations they will show up with all your other unread emails in this section, you will have to look to the left to see the stars pop up. The only reason I could see them scrolling off the bottom is if you are getting more then 25-50 emails a day or don't check your email daily. I use this method at work, and it's really easy to spot the stars with the non stars in the unread section. Hope this helps.
    – Ajster1989
    Sep 16, 2014 at 1:47
  • I definitely get more than 25 emails in a day. And some of my starred emails are a week old.
    – Sparr
    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:29

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