In Gmail can we make is:unread the default view?

That is, when we load Gmail, can we configure it so that is:unread is already selected, thereby showing only unread messages by default?

screen shot of Gmail search results

Or can we at least configure Gmail so that it has a 1-click link that only shows unread mail?

The reason for this of course is that it is slow and inefficient to have to type is:unread into the Gmail search every time I open it. It would be much more convenient for Gmail to load this view by itself when I open Gmail.

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Have you considered just setting your Priority Inbox settings so that Unread is always displayed first?

unread first

  • "priority" is no longer in the settings page............
    – Pacerier
    Dec 7, 2017 at 11:50

Add a bookmark to this link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/is%3Aunread

Then it is accessible via a single click. Or assign it a keyboard shortcut if you like.

  • This ties the setting to the individual browser instead of to the account.
    – Pacerier
    Dec 7, 2017 at 11:51

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