The first thing you will see when you open Karbon is your Triage. This is your main inbox for emails, notifications, work items and notes, where you can reply, forward and comment as well as assign emails to yourself or a team member.


Integrating with your email provider

Karbon integrates with Gmail, Office 365 (Business Plan or Business Premium) and Microsoft Exchange (version 2010 or newer). Due to the tight integration with your email provider, what happens in one is replicated in the other.

  • If you clear an email in Triage, it will archive the email in your inbox

  • If you archive the email in your inbox, it will clear it in Triage

  • If you move an email back to your inbox, it will appear in Triage

  • If you read the email in Triage, it will be marked as read in your inbox

You cannot, however, delete an email from your account. To start you off, your 20 most recent emails in your inbox will be synchronized with Karbon.

Video: How to use Triage?

Watch this quick 2-minute introduction video to find out how Triage works and how to best take advantage of its functionality.

Anatomy of an email notification

Your emails and notifications display various information that allows you to scan your Triage and action emails faster.

  • Avatar of the sender of the most recent email (for emails), author of the original item (for notes), or work assignee (for client tasks and tasks)

  • The subject (for emails), or title (for other items)

  • Assignee (if there is one)

  • Related work item (if there is one)

  • Contact (if there is one)

  • Number of emails in the thread (for emails only)

  • Number of comments

  • Number of attached files

  • Blue dot if unread

  • Time of most recent activity

Read and unread items

If you haven't read an item yet, it will appear with a bold title/subject line and a blue dot and timestamp on the right. Once you click on it to read it, the blue dot will disappear and the title/subject line will no longer be marked in bold.

If you wish to mark an email as unread, click on the emails option menu (...) and click Mark as unread. If there are unread emails or comments in the item, this will also display under the item.

Client task notifications will display any comments and/or an activity if they have been completed or a file uploaded. If a client task has been completed and has an unread comment, the comment is displayed. Once you read that comment, the item will default to display the latest item in the conversation—the comment or completed activity.

Navigate Triage by color

Each notification in Triage has its own color code, so you can easily get an overview of what is in your inbox.

  • Light grey: Work assignment

  • Orange: Note

  • Dark grey: Email

  • Green: Task

  • Pink: Client Task

Filtering your Triage items

To help you sort through Triage quickly, the filter option lets you choose to either see all items, unread items, only emails, only mentions or only notifications.

All: Every Triage item will appear
Unread: Any items you have not yet read will appear

Email: Only emails are shown
Mentions: Any item (Task, Email, Note) where a comment has been added that includes an @mention of you, or a team you are involved in
Notifications: All Triage items, excluding emails (Client Tasks, Work assignments, Notes and Tasks where you have been @mentioned)

Involves Contacts: Involves contacts you have saved as contacts in Karbon
Doesn't Involve Contacts: Doesn't involve contacts saved in Karbon

Click on the numbers on the top right corner of the screen to sort your Triage by oldest or newest items first.

Actioning your emails

The goal of Triage is to clear out every item and quickly take action on emails. With emails in Triage, you can:

  • Reply to an email as your would in your email inbox. Once you have replied and actioned the email, clear it by clicking the check mark. If you have attached the email to a contact or a work item, you will still be able to find it on that timeline.

  • Add an email to a contact's timeline. Timelines are similar to email folders as they store all communication between your team and the client.

  • Add an email to a piece of work if the email is part of a job you're working on (i.e. monthly bookkeeping, sales tax, etc.), so your team can see all relevant communication tied to it.

  • Assign an email to yourself or a team member if you want them to take ownership and action it. Once assigned, clear it. The assigned email will show up on your colleague's to-do list where you can track the status.

  • Have an email you need to action later? Plan when you want to action your email, by clicking on 'Plan for This week'. The email will now show up in 'My Week' where you can action it or move it to the week you want to do it in. Go ahead and clear the email from Triage afterwards.

Eliminating Triage clutter

There are several options to help you declutter and reduce the noise in your Triage.

  • Use the Low Priority for emails that you may want to read later

  • Turn off email notifications for conversations that are no longer relevant to you

  • Have certain emails skip Triage

Low Priority

You should consider marking any emails that do not relate to your immediate work (such as newsletters, event invitations or system updates) but may still need addressing later on, as low priority. Click the email's options menu (...) and select Low Priority. By doing this, that email, and all future emails from that sender, will automatically be delivered to your low priority section, so you can read it later.

Turn off Notifications

If you are part of or have been brought into an email conversation with an @mention, you will be notified in your Triage with all further activity on that email. If you do not wish to be notified of new comments, you can turn off notifications by clicking on the notification toggle for that email.

Have emails skip Triage

You can choose for certain emails to skip Triage by creating rules and folders in your email client. When you've done this, reach out to support by clicking on Help & Feedback - Still can't find what you need? Let us know which folders you would like to skip and we will set that up.

Triage shortcuts

The quickest way to get back to Triage from anywhere else in Karbon is to click the Triage icon at the top right corner.

When you have clicked on an email to read it, you can hit the Escape (Esc) button to quickly collapse the email again.

Suggested articles:

How to create, write and send an email

How to reply to an email

How to action an email

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