I can't live without Gmail Priority Inbox, which right now means I can't live with the Mail app in Windows 8.

Priority inbox essentially filters out messages that aren't important, and displays them in a separate list. The priority inbox list can also be found by searching in:inbox is:important. I noticed that in the Gmail API's extensions to the IMAP protocol have an option to filter messages by Gmail search commands, so there may be some way to achieve it through that.

What I'd like to do is either have some sort of priority inbox in the Mail app, or alternatively, only download important emails through the Mail app. Is there some way to do this with the mail app? If so, how?

  • Is the priority inbox a folder in gmail? – pratnala Nov 4 '12 at 6:18
  • @PratyushNalam Gmail doesn't really have folders per se. – nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:19
  • Is it one of the folder under [Gmail]? – pratnala Nov 4 '12 at 6:22
  • @PratyushNalam nope. – nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:24

There are 2 parts to the Priority Inbox

  1. Training: I am not aware of anything that will let you up rank e-mails with the exception of Google's own tools

  2. The emails: You can access the choices made by going to a folder usually called [Gmail], it will be per category, and will not be amalgamated. For example, you may find a folder called Important.

  • I looked in the [Gmail] IMAP folder and there's no priority inbox folder there. – nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:22
  • @nhinkle It won't be a single box. it will say things like "Important" – Mikhail Nov 4 '12 at 6:23
  • This is what the folder under the [Gmail] label looks like. No "important" or "priority inbox" or anything like that. – nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:26
  • @nhinkle Sounds like you have no important emails? Can you check if you have any messages tagged high priority? I suspect the sorting kind of functionality you want is not available in desktop clients. – Mikhail Nov 4 '12 at 6:28
  • Definitely not true. If I log in from the Gmail web interface, all of my important mail is labeled as such. Did you actually test this method? – nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:29

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