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Google offers new Gmail organization tools

Gmail has added a few more sorting options. (Daniel Acker/BLOOMBERG NEWS)

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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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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