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Take a Tour of Gmail’s New Interface and Features

Gmail’s new interface isn’t just a paint job; Google has revamped the in-mail search, created an elastic layout for varying size screens, and overhauled the navigation.

Watch the video above to see demonstrations of the new features including the enhanced search and the dynamic layout that re-scales itself for any size display. The new look is available to everyone now (if you don’t see it, do a hard refresh in your browser and/or logout and back into Gmail).

Gmail’s New Look [The Official Gmail Blog via Google Operating System]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/2/11

Comments (9)

  1. Orz

    I kinda like the new changes(but I don’t really e-mail all that much so it doesn’t really matter to me). Now if only they would add some of those visual features Google Reader’s new interface, namely the “display density” option(too much empty space) and maybe add some themes(the new interface is too damn white)..

  2. dima

    @Orz
    both of those things are already there: you can change display density and there’s a bunch of new themes

  3. Orz

    @dima umm I was talking about Google Reader.. I guess you can change the interface using feed applications and Chrome extensions but I was thinking that Google should implement it on the site itself like how it is with Gmail..

  4. nt0xik8ed

    in other words they’ve eff’d it up like they’ve done youtube. they don’t know when to stop. google is the new aol, everything they touch they ruin.

  5. mike

    Is there an option to sort by sender in the new gmail? Every other email system has that option, I don’t understand what the problem is with gmail….

  6. Jay Ess

    Does not work with IE-7

  7. Nereid

    @ mike

    If I understand you properly, yes, there is – has been for ages.

    In the Inbox, check the box at the left of the mail. Then click on . On the the drop-down menu, click on .

    An initial menu appears. Add the sender’s e-mail address to the relevant box. There are other sort criteria as well, if you want to apply them. Then, at the bottom on the right, click on

    That gives you a new drop-down menu, Select and then on .

    That gives you the option of selecting an existing label or creating a new one. At that stage, you also have the option to add the new label to an existing group, or to create a new group – if you want to.

    You can also add more than one label if you wish.

    Once you’ve done that, at the bottom, you’ll also be offered the option of applying the filter to every other mail in your archives that matches the sender/recipient criteria you’ve set up. Accept that, then click on .

    All the relevant archived mails will then be sorted under the label / labels you’ve created. The label appears to the left of the subject line in the inbox, archive, sent mail and all the other displays (starred, etc.).

    Each label name appears in a list – though the location of the list depends, I think, on how you have your page set up. Mine is on the left.

    Any new mails arriving which match the original criteria you set up will automatically be labelled. And will automatically be sorted. So, when you click on that label in the left-hand column, or wherever it might be, all the mails sorted under that label will be shown.

    You also have the option of giving your labels various colours (though I can’t remember if that’s automatic, or something I found in ).

    So gmail calls them filters and labels. But, like Juliet’s rose, it’s just a name. The filter+label thing is simply a system for sorting mails into folders, by sender.

    Hope that helps?

  8. Nereid

    @ mike

    Sorry – two crucial words disappeared:

    In the Inbox, check the box at the left of the mail. Then click on . On the the drop-down menu, click on .

    My apologies.

  9. Nereid

    @ mike

    I don’t know why – all the crucial words have disappeared. Let me try again:

    If I understand you properly, yes, there is – has been for ages.

    In the Inbox, check the box at the left of the mail. Then click on More. On the the drop-down menu, click on Create filter.

    An initial Search Options menu appears. Add the sender’s e-mail address to the relevant box. There are other sort criteria as well, if you want to apply them. Then, at the bottom on the right, click on Create filter with this search.

    That gives you a new drop-down menu, Select Apply the label and then click on Choose label.

    That gives you the option of selecting an existing label or creating a new one. At that stage, you also have the option to add the new label to an existing group, or to create a new group – if you want to.

    You can also add more than one label if you wish.

    Once you’ve done that, at the bottom, you’ll also be offered the option of applying the filter to every other mail in your archives that matches the sender/recipient criteria you’ve set up. Accept that, then click on Create filter.

    All the relevant archived mails will then be sorted under the label / labels you’ve created. The label appears to the left of the subject line in the inbox, archive, sent mail and all the other displays (starred, etc.).

    Each label name appears in a list – though the location of the list depends, I think, on how you have your page set up. Mine is on the left.

    Any new mails arriving which match the original criteria you set up will automatically be labelled. And will automatically be sorted. So, when you click on that label in the left-hand column, or wherever it might be, all the mails sorted under that label will be shown.

    You also have the option of giving your labels various colours (though I can’t remember if that’s automatic, or something I found in Labs).

    So gmail calls them filters and labels. But, like Juliet’s rose, it’s just a name. The filter+label thing is simply a system for sorting mails into folders, by sender.

    Hope that helps?

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