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Old 05-25-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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Can someone please tell me exactly what I should find in "Categories" in Gmail? I am certainly finding thing that I didn't put there. Maybe there is a reason. I know Gmail does things differently. I'd just like to know if what I am finding is normal. Thank you.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:44 PM
 
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-Manage Labels
-Create New Labels
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:12 AM
 
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-Manage Labels
-Create New Labels
Interesting. Mine has Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. And I just noticed something else. The emails in "Updates" are duplicates of those in Inbox. I don't understand Gmail and, of all the Dummies books - thousands of them - there is not one that teaches about Gmail.

Evidently it is different for different computers. My Manage Labels and Create New Labels are separate folders.

Have a good day and thanks much.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:23 AM
 
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Everything you'd want to know about is available via a Google search, a search of https://www.google.com/#q=gmail+categories found info on Googles help pages.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en

Personally I have categories turned off.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:32 AM
 
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Everything you'd want to know about is available via a Google search, a search of https://www.google.com/#q=gmail+categories found info on Googles help pages.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/3055016?hl=en

Personally I have categories turned off.
How do you turn it off? And what is the benefit of doing so? It might solve another problem I have which I think is in my settings. If I delete a letter that has other letters in some way connected to it all the letters will be deleted. Example: If I have copies of an email in three different personal folders and delete it from one of those, they will all get deleted.

Ah well, that's another story. I have tried the support site. I'll try it again. Maybe I'm just not reading well.

Thank you.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:40 AM
 
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What device are you using? On a computer just go to settings > inbox, and deselect the categories. On Android go to settings from the hamburger menu > select the mail account > Inbox categories > deselect the unwanted categories.

You actually have only one copy of an email, but it can be in multiple categories. I can figure out what emails are what on my own, categories just confuse me.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:52 AM
 
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What device are you using? On a computer just go to settings > inbox, and deselect the categories. On Android go to settings from the hamburger menu > select the mail account > Inbox categories > deselect the unwanted categories.

You actually have only one copy of an email, but it can be in multiple categories. I can figure out what emails are what on my own, categories just confuse me.
Thank you. I will close categories. As for the one copy, you are right but friends tell me that doesn't happen on their computers. That's why we think it is some setting that I have on. I once had three personal folders full a duplicates of conversations. I had to eliminate one of those folders. When I did so, I lost everything in all three folders. I've never tried personal folders since but I have accidentally lost emails by one kind of crossing or another.

I'll set aside some time to do some more digging into gmail. I had pretty much given up trying to do any more than just exchange emails.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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I have Categories turned off. It's really only useful if you're one of those people that receives tons of emails every day from stores, user groups, and things like that. Otherwise I just find it to be an annoyance and turned it off.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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I have Categories turned off. It's really only useful if you're one of those people that receives tons of emails every day from stores, user groups, and things like that. Otherwise I just find it to be an annoyance and turned it off.
I tried turning it off. There is a line that says to turn it off but I got no response out of it. Nothing to click that worked. I think I figured out one thing. I've always wondered why most of my mails have a yellow folder beside them. These are probably the ones Google "sorts". There is a place beside each category to choose a color. That would aid the sorting, I suppose.

Thanks for confirming what I thought about its usage. It's of no use unless you think you need to sort and classify mail. I don't get that much. What I get, I read, answer if that is called for and delete.

Thanks, all. Learning that it is no more important that that, I'll just ignore it.
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