A new feature has been introduced in Gmail that gives the ability to compose new emails in a pop-up window that appears at the bottom-right of the screen rather than opening the compose email page. Google’s Phil Sharp says that the new view “makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft.”
The new way of composing email in Gmail is not only faster and easier to use, but also enables you to draft your emails right from the inbox screen, with viewing all of the contextual information from other messages. The pop-up view allows you to attach files to your email and works just like the default compose email page. You can also search or view any new emails that come without having to close the compose window. Well, it is very similar to how a chat window works. That said, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.
Other features included are the ability to insert inline images, which many users have been waiting for. Additionally, as you’re typing in the email addresses, the result will also display the profile pictures of your contacts, helping you to visually identify them easily.
Sharp also adds, ” The reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation — replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.”
To try out the new compose in Gmail, following the procedure mentioned below:
Click the Compose button, click the “new compose experience” link right next to the Labels button at the top of the message. Until the change is fully launched, you’ll be able to choose whether you use the new or current experience.
If you think that the new feature isn’t great and want to revert back to the old experience, you can do it as follows:
- Click Compose
- At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon next to the Discard button.
- Select “Switch back to old compose.“
Google is releasing a preview version of the new compose feature to a limited set of users. It will be enabled to all users once all the features are included. The following features are yet to be added:
- Insert emoticons and event invitations
- Print drafts from the More menu
- Add labels to outgoing messages from the More menu
- Send read receipts (Google Apps users only)
- Canned responses