How to Customize the Look of the New Gmail Layout

Earlier this year, Google hinted at upcoming UI changes to Gmail, specifically for Google Chat, Meet, and Spaces.

These changes have started rolling out to some users. However, the changes are expected to roll out to all users in the coming weeks.

While the update isn’t groundbreaking, it does bring some significant changes to the look and feel of your Gmail inbox.

The new side panel of the new Gmail

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One of the main changes in the new Gmail user interface is the new side panel on the left. To check if you have received the new Gmail, open gmail > Settings > Try the new Gmail view.

Upon reloading, you will be greeted by the new Gmail interface. Can you spot the difference? Here’s what to look for.

Initially, Gmail had only one left panel from which you could access Inbox, Starred, Snoozed, Important, Send, Draft, etc.

It still retains these features, but now there is an additional panel to its left. This is where you can access apps like Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet.

A second panel from the left looks a little clunky. Fortunately, Google lets you change this at any time, leaving only one side panel intact.

How to Change Side Panels in New Gmail

Changing side panels in the new Gmail is quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Open the new gmail on your deskNew gmail view 1

  2. Click on the three line burger menu in the upper left corner. This will retract the inner side panel (containing categories like Inbox, Star, and Snoozed), leaving you with the new panel and your message box.gmail new view step 2

  3. If you want to go back to your inbox, sent messages or other folders, just go to the top left corner of Gmail and hover over Mail. This will reveal the hidden panel containing these folders. You will again be able to see the two panels on the left side by sidegmail new view step 3

And there you have it, how to quickly hide and reveal the new panels in Gmail. But what can you do if you don’t like the new Gmail?

What if you don’t like the new Gmail view?

If you don’t want to keep the new side panel in the new Gmail, Google lets you easily remove it at will. Here’s how:

1. Open Gmail, then click Settings

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2. Then click on Personalize

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3. You will be prompted to choose the apps you want to use in Gmail. Check both Google Chat and Google Meet

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4. When finished, click Do

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5. Click Reload to load old Gmail without the extra left panel

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How to revert to the old Gmail view

If you’d rather go back to the original Gmail view after trying out the new Gmail, here’s what to do.

1. Open gmail on your computer

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2. Click the Settings gear icon

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3. Then click on Return to original view

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The page will reload and take you back to the original Gmail without the extra left panel.

Start testing the new Gmail

According to Googlethe new Gmail view will become the default setting in a few months, then the only option by the end of Q2 2022.

Therefore, you might want to enjoy the original Gmail view while it lasts and start getting familiar with the new Gmail.

Of course, this may not be a problem if you have other Gmail alternatives that you use to send, receive, and manage emails.

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