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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Google offers new Gmail organization tools

Gmail has added a few more sorting options. (Daniel Acker - BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Google rolled out some new organization options for its Gmail accounts this week, in an effort to help out users who are swamped with incoming messages.

The new tools give you the option to put your unread, important or starred e-mails at the top of your inbox. Users can still enable Google’s priority inbox system as well, which identifies important e-mails over time by incorporating what you reply to and what you actually read.

Gmail has put in tabs that let users sort their e-mail along the top of the inbox, but you also have option to relegate those filters to a drop-down menu.

Gmail is set to get a visual redesign in the near future, and on Thursday, Google took the wrapping off its new look for YouTube, called Cosmic Panda.

As my colleague Emi Kolawole wrote in Ideas@Innovations, Cosmic Panda’s layout is a cleaner, more streamlined user interface that pulls comments and related videos out of the video you’re watching. Users can choose between a few screen sizes as well.

Best of all, you can opt-out of the change if you want. That small nod toward consumer choice getting to be a good trend at Google, especially as its tries to woo users into its social network.

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