Is it possible for me to return to the old Gmail screen without the categories tabs?

Would my only option be to move to another email provider?

I cannot understand most of the computer "language", and am so lost.

  • Hi Beryl, I've cut down your question to what I think you were really asking about. Feel free to make any changes if I have misinterpreted what you wrote.
    – jonsca
    Jul 27, 2014 at 12:10

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Yes (at least for now).

Click the arrow next to your Inbox on the left side. You'll get a menu like this:

inbox menu

Choose one of the other options. It eschews the category tabs, but does group your email based on other factors, like whether you've "starred" a message or Google's algorithms have determined it's "important".

If you don't like those groupings either, you can change that in Settings > Inbox.

Gmail settings

Just change the options to remove the groupings you don't want. (Obviously you'll want to keep "Everything else".

Alternatively, you can simply get rid of all the tabs (except "Primary"), and you'll essentially just have the old-style Inbox.

Pull down the "Gear" menu and choose "Configure Inbox".

"Gear" menu

Simply uncheck everything except "Primary". (In fact, you're given the hint that you can "Deselect all categories to go back to your old inbox.)

Configure Inbox

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