Gmail, the world’s most popular e-mail service with more than a billion users, is getting the biggest design overhaul in years. The new changes are gradually being made live, and the new redesign has just started rolling out to users in India. Besides adding a dash of visual element to the interface to make it more intuitive, Google has also added new features that not only make things easier, but also aims to take care of some pain points.
Google has also taken inspiration from the likes of Snapchat and Instagram to bring disappearing e-mails to Gmail. The feature is under testing and will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Called ‘confidential mode,’ the feature removes the option to forward, copy, a print of download messages, thus increasing security.
So, if you are sending tax documents, or Aadhaar details over email, the ‘confidential mode’ will ensure that the recipient doesn’t misuse them. What’s more, you can set a validity for the email, and after the said time, the email and the attachments will expire. Now, while there is still sometime until ‘confidential mode’ starts rolling out, let’s look at how to enable the new UI, and look at the top six new features you should try out right now.
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How to enable the redesigned Gmail right now
To enable the new designed, head over to your Gmail account on web, and click on the gear icon on the top right. Here, you will get an option called “Try the new Gmail,” click on that. The changes will be made, page will reload and the new redesigned gmail will be enabled.
In case you don’t like it and want to go back, click on the gear icon, and you’ll see the option to “Go back to classic gmail,” just click on that. This will revert your gmail interface to the older one.
Redesigned Gmail – Top 6 features
This is one of the common features that you would find on third-party email clients, and Google has now added support for the same with the latest redesign. Say, your monthly DTH payment is due on Sunday, the company sends reminder message three to four days in advance.
Maybe you are in the office and working when get the reminder message. You can snooze the message for later today, the next day, or can even pick a preferred date and time.
At the given date and time, the reminder will pop-up on top, and you will also be notified about the same. This way, you can ensure that you don’t end up missing the payment date, and get timely notifications for important mails.
Unsubscribe spam mails
This is one of the biggest problems that keep nagging a lot of people. Recently, I was looking to buy a car, and was thinking of taking it on a loan. Obviously, at such times, you head over to loan comparison websites to see the amount of down payment to make and the monthly EMI and more.
I got the details I needed, and I am still considering whether to buy one or not. But, the comparison website in question here, keeps sending me emails every day about the attractive interest rates and more. But hey, I don’t want to buy it right away, and just want to stop those pestering mails.
Well, Gmail makes it simpler. Simply open the mail and just below the subject line, you have the ‘unsubscribe’ button, just click on that. You’ll then see a pop-up, click on ‘unsubscribe’ again, you will no longer get emails from that sender. Once done, you will also get a notification to move the mail to the spam folder.
Hover to mark as unread
There are times when you open certain emails and then you want to mark them as unread to take a look at them later at convenience. Well, so far, you had to select an email, and then select the ‘mark as unread’ option from the drop down list, just below the search bar.
But with the new redesign, you now get hovering icons on the right corner of the mail preview. Simply click on that icon and the mail will be marked as unread.
Google recently rolled out a new Tasks mobile app for iOS and Android, that integrates Google Calendar and Gmail. The app allows you to add, manage and edit tasks. With the new Tasks now sits on the collapsible right-hand side panel.
You can organize meetings, jot down notes, plan your day and do a lot more without leaving the gmail page, or opening another tab.
Smart quick replies
Well, ‘Smart Replies’ has been one of my favorite features that initially made its way to Inbox by Gmail. Based on the email context, it suggests three quick replies that you can reply with, without having to type it out.
For instance, if someone mails you “dinner tonight at 9, or wanna catch up for a movie tonight,” you get quick reply suggestions such as “sorry I can’t make it tonight,” “I’m down” and “Sure sounds good.” These suggestions may change based on the email context, but the fact that you can reply with a single tap is something that is interesting and time saving.
Until now, emails only used to show a “clip” icon indicating that the mail has an attachment. You then had to open the mail and click on the attachment to view it. But that changes with the newly redesigned gmail.
The attachment icon will show just below the subject line, and clicking on the attachment will open the preview. The best part here is, you don’t need to open the email to view it, and supported formats include GIF, image, PDF, audio and video.
Its barely two hours since I got the new gmail redesign and after trying out the new features, I must say, I am impressed. It does take a few pain points away to make things easier, but will need to see how easier life becomes in the long term.