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The new web application integration feature on 12.10 is able to link Gmail to the standard notification tray widget. It's a cool feature, but it's usefulness is diminished because it is activated ("turns blue") when there is any unread email in any label.

Is there a way to specify that I only want to be notified when there is unread email on the inbox?

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This level of customization isn't currently possible. There's a bug report about the problems that creates:

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