The latest Tech News, Phones, Tablets, TVs, Cameras, New Tech, Games and Apps.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Here’s How to Get the New Gmail
Google may not be rolling out its new compose and reply format for Gmail to everyone yet, but there’s still a way to take it for a spin.
The company announced on Tuesday that it is testing a new email layout to make it easier to reference other emails without having to close a draft. Similar to a pop-up chat screen, an email draft rests on top of the main inbox without overtaking the entire screen.
Although the feature isn’t completely launched, it’s possible to switch to the new format at any time — and of course, switch back if you don’t like it.
Want to give it a try? Here’s how:
Once you open a new email draft via the Compose button, a “new compose experience” link will appear at the top of the email template (see above for image). A prompt then pops up which highlights how to add CC and BCC recipients — now on the right side of the email draft — add attachments (bottom of the draft) and delete the message (bottom right).
After making the switch, you’ll immediately notice how Google is trying to make it easier for Gmail users to manage email and multi-task. The new functionality allows users to search and monitor new mail as it rolls in, while writing emails at the same time. It’s also possible to write a few at a time and minimize some in the process.
To adjust font size, style and bullets, click on the “text formatting” icon, which resembles an underlined “A.” Meanwhile, users can hover over the plus (“+”) icon to reveal more actions, such as inserting pictures and links into a draft. If you want to see the previous message within your reply, scroll down until you see the “Show trimmed content” icon and click it to reveal the full exchange.
Another update you’ll notice is profile pictures are now included in contacts, so you can find who you want to reach faster.
The company said it is working on adding new features to compose draft template, such as inserting emoticons, event invitations and a “print draft” option, as well as the ability to add labels to outgoing messages and sending read receipts and canned responses.
It’s possible to still adjust the window size if you want it bigger by clicking the middle icon at the top right of the pane.