I'm trying out Google's Inbox. There are a couple of new workflow features that don't seem to exist in Gmail:

  1. Marking things as "done"
  2. Pinning things (with optional reminder)

(Other features like "bundling" certain labels are just a different way of presenting existing features, I think.)

Is there a way to access these Inbox features from Gmail? Can you find whether something is "done" or "pinned"?

If not, these features seem useful if you switch 100% to using Inbox?

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From How Inbox works with Gmail:

  • Marking something "Done" is the same as "Archiving" in Gmail
  • Pinning something is generally equivalent to using the Gmail "Star"

Bundles are basically the categories that Gmail introduced last year, but with more of them and more granular. Creating your own bundles is generally equivalent to creating labels in Gmail and creating a filter to put messages there.

  • Hmm, that can't be quite right. You can "Done" things that aren't in the inbox - and they disappear (in Inbox). You can't archive something that's not in the inbox. Nov 7, 2014 at 3:40
  • "Done" does indeed archive items. (I've seen it first hand.) That there is some other flag that is set by Inbox but isn't visible in Gmail isn't surprising.
    – ale
    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:03
  • When I open Done using Inbox, here is the note that appears: Anything you mark done is safely stored here. Emails you've previously archived are here, too. Nov 7, 2014 at 16:23
  • Ok, that makes sense. Done = Archive + some Inbox flag. Nov 8, 2014 at 7:24

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