That little star next to your emails in the inbox can be a useful tool. It can remind you of things to follow up on. It can also help you mark emails you don't want to lose track of. With a little tweak to your settings, it can help you do a whole lot more.
The basic way to use the star to mark an email is to just click on the star. That will make it turn yellow.
Now when you click on the "Starred" section in the navigation down the left of your inbox screen, you will see all of the emails you have starred.
To remove a star from an email, simply click the star icon again. There are a few more options available for stars if you go into your settings. Click on the gear icon at the top right of your inbox and choose "Settings".
Now scroll down until you see the section for "Stars".
You can see that you have quite a few more options. Chances are you have just one star in use. If you click on the "4 stars" preset, it will look like this:
You can also choose to use "all stars" or simply click on the ones you'd like to use and drag them into the "in use" section.
Once you decide what you'd like, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save changes". If you chose to have more than one star, you can now click the little star icon for an email and it will be the yellow star, but if you click it again it will change and each click allows you to "scroll" through the star icons you have in play. Once you set the icon and click away to something else, when you click the icon again it will remove the star from the email.
Stars can be a great way to add a layer of organization to your inbox.
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