Google rolls out new Gmail look, available for everyone

Email Twitter: @ronwinbeta Nov 2nd, 2011 inNews

Google has officially announced that the company is rolling out a new look and feel to its popular Gmail service. The new look is designed to allow Gmail users much more control over the look and feel of the service.

“Back in July we showed you a preview of Gmail’s new look, and we’ve been working this summer to make even more updates and improvements. If you like what you see, over the next few days you’ll be able to switch to the new look by clicking on Switch to the new look in the bottom-right of Gmail,” Google stated in an official blog post.

Gmail users can now drag sidebars around to their preferred size and width, choose from a wider selection of background pictures, and choose how much whitespace there is between email messages. “We know that you use Gmail from a variety of screen sizes and devices, so now the spacing between elements on the screen will automatically change based on the kind of display you’re using. If you prefer a denser view all the time, you can change your density manually in the Settings menu.”

The new Gmail also promises better navigation features. “The navigation panel on the left keeps your labels and chat contacts in view at all times. It’s also more customizable: you can resize the labels and chat areas if you want to see more, or hide the chat area entirely via the chat icon in the lower left. You can also use the arrow keys to navigate around the interface.”

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