I am not someone who enjoys surprises. Not someone who embraces change. I like things to remain the same. Particularly things that I do as a matter of routine; things I do every day.
One such thing is checking my emails. It is something I do every day; often several times during the day. The procedure is the same each time. All perfectly straightforward. Until today.
Today a notice popped up in my email account notifying me that I had messages in My Other Inbox. What Other Inbox? I hadn’t been aware that I had an Other Inbox. My Regular Inbox has always been perfectly adequate for me. Where was this mysterious Other Inbox? The message didn’t say. I was left discombobulated (an experience not entirely uncommon when I am dealing with anything involving The Machine). My routine had been thrown out. I was left with an uneasy sensation that, in my absence, secret hands had been at work somewhere across the Internet. Fiddle-faddling.
I wanted to shout out loud: “Why can’t you just leave me alone!”
There was a solution, and I provide this now as my public service to a tech-illiterate populace.
- Go to Settings (the cog-wheel symbol).
- Choose Options from the drop-down menu.
- Find Layout on the left-side menu.
- Click on Focused Inbox.
- Here it is possible to turn off the Other Inbox.
I no longer have an Other Inbox, but I now discover that my Regular Inbox is actually my Focused Inbox. Who knew?
© Simon Turner-Tree
Simon Turner-Tree stamps his foot in frustration at The Machine.