Gmail is getting a facelift on the web, which should be coming to you soon (if it hasn’t already). His intention, google saysto better integrate Gmail with the Chat and Meet components you may or may not be using, and that means you now have a few new options to make Gmail look the way you want.
To see if the new look is available to you, open Gmail on the web and click the cog icon in the top right corner. If you haven’t upgraded to the updated interface yet, you may see a message in this menu asking if you want to. Otherwise, be patient, because you will probably receive the invitation soon.
By the way, when you adopt the new design on the web, the same menu will display a Go back to the original Gmail view option if you find all the changes a bit too much. It is unclear how long the old layout will remain as an alternative, as we assume that the previous interface will eventually be gone for good.
Make the switch (browser tab refresh may be required) and you’ll see there’s a lot more pale gray by default, with your actual emails and various other screen furnishings standing out in White. Another new feature is a sidebar on the far left, where you can switch between Mail, To discuss, The spacesand Meet.
The integration between these different applications is the main change in the updated interface. You’ll see notification bubbles appear on the buttons if you have a new chat, email or call, so you don’t have to switch between different browser tabs to access all of Google’s different communication tools .
Click any button to access the full-screen interface of that specific tool. Click the hamburger menu at the top to show and hide app-specific navigation panes. For Gmail, it’s your folders and labels, for example, and for Chat, it’s your most recent conversations. These navigation panes also appear as an overlay if you place the cursor over the Mail, To discuss, The spaces and Meet buttons.
The new layout works better for some apps than others. The Gmail screen is always very busy of course, while the Meet screen is rather sparse if you’re not already in the middle of a meeting – you can view scheduled meetings, create a new one, or choose to join one with a code, but there is a lot of white space.
Aside from Gmail, there aren’t too many ways to customize the look of the interface. You can at least pin your favorite conversations to the top of the list, so you always have quick access to the most important people: Click the three dots to the right of a conversation, then choose Pin to make sure it’s always at the top of the list.
Back on the Gmail tab, most of the layout options work the same as on the interface shown. In the top right corner, you should see a split pane mode button. If you click on the small arrow next to it, you can choose Vertical split Where Horizontal split for a more classic email client appearance, where the currently selected email can be displayed alongside the current folder or label.
Click the cog icon in the top right corner and you still have the same three layout options to choose from: Fault (where attachments and document links appear as separate icons), Comfortable (the attachments are hidden but there is still some white space), and Compact (where there isn’t much white space at all).
Themes are also still available, from the same menu. You can choose from the thumbnails displayed on the screen, or the See everything link will take you to an ever-expanding selection. Themes look a bit neater on the new interface than on the old one, especially if you choose an image as the background rather than a solid color – the image shows up very faintly behind your emails but not your chat conversations. cat.
The final layout choice is under the Inbox type heading when you click the cog to open the quick settings menu. To select Personalize next to the Default option and you can choose which tabs to display on the screen: Main, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. Remember that you can drag emails between tabs if Google sorts things wrong.
If you don’t like the default look of the tabs, you can also choose Priority Inbox (groups of emails like important and unread stacked on top of each other) or Multiple inboxes– this last option allows you to divide your Gmail interface into different panes, each displaying a different category of emails.
These panes can display tags, folders, search results, starred emails, and more. For example, you can have one pane showing tracked emails, another showing emails older than a year, and another showing emails from a specific person. You probably don’t want to have too much on screen at once because it’s too cluttered, but there are lots of different ways to use it.
Although many layout options are similar to before after switching to the new Gmail interface, you still have plenty of options to change different elements, from colors to mail tabs. It’s worth spending some time getting your inbox to look exactly the way you want (until Gmail’s next design refresh, anyway).