Google explains the new Gmail interface on the web


At the end of last month Google officially detailed the new integrated view for Gmail on the web, and a few days ago the company announced that the rollout had begun for both users with personal Google accounts and for fast-release paid domains.

Now this redesign is available to early Gmail users, including those with personal Google accounts. Although it is not yet widely available, Google has explained how to activate it when it is released for your account.

How to activate Gmail’s new unified interface on the web

To activate the new unified interface of Gmail on the web, simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Settings” at the top right.
  2. In “Quick Settings” click on “Try the new Gmail view”.
  3. In the new window click on “Reload”.

You need to make sure you’ve enabled Google Chat in Gmail, however an invitation to try the new view may also appear in the bottom right corner.

Google also shared more details on how Gmail’s web redesign works. The app’s main menu appears on the far left of the screen and allows you to switch between Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet.

Hovering the mouse over the app icon gives you a mobile preview for each service, except Meet, for the folder / label or contact list if the collapsible panel, controlled by the hamburger button in the top corner top left, it is hidden.

Similarly, the new notification balloon in the lower left corner allows you to preview a message, reply or open it in full screen or in a pop-up window.

Notification bubbles must however be enabled by following these steps:

  1. At the top right of the Gmail window, next to the status indicator, click More options> Chat notification settings.
  2. In the window that appears, check the boxes next to “Allow chat notifications” and “Open chat bubbles for new messages”.
  3. At the bottom of the window, click Finish.

The video below briefly explains the new Gmail layout on the web.

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