Google has redesigned Gmail and added several new features that will help you handle your emails more efficiently.
You should note that unless you have upgraded to the latest version of Chrome, some of the new features will not be available. Similarly, if you use Outlook to access Gmail (which can cause errors and is not recommended), these features will not be available at all.
Here are some of our favorite features:
Hover over an email and the ability to “snooze” it will come up. Gmail will bring back the email to your Inbox at a later time specified by you. It’s a great way to keep your inbox clean and empty while making sure you don’t miss any future deadlines.
If you don’t keep your inbox clean, and still want to make sure you don’t miss an important deadline, nudging will come in handy. Google’s AI tries to figure out whether an email is important and brings it back to remind you to follow up or reply.
3. Side Panel Navigation
Along the right-hand side of your Gmail, you might notice a collapsed panel with three icons. Additional widgets can be added by clicking on the plus sign. The standard widgets you will see are:
- Calendar: Lets you take a quick peek at your schedule as you compose emails.
- Keep: Create notes instantly while looking at your email.
- Tasks: Maintains your to-do list accurately by syncing to your other devices.
All these are available in the same tab as your email.
4. Attachment Chips
Attachments to emails are now visible in the inbox as icons below the email’s preview message, making them accessible without having to open the email itself.
5. Security Warnings
Gmail will scan your emails, identify potential phishing attacks, and recognize malicious links and images. If it finds something, it will let you know with a warning banner you cannot miss, and offer a possible course of action.
6. Easy Unsubscribe
Goggle’s AI learns which advertising emails you ignore on a daily basis and asks you if you’d like to unsubscribe, which you can do right from your mailbox. You can also find the Unsubscribe button next to the sender’s address in Gmail when it detects that the email is coming from a mailing list.
Sounds good? Opt in now!
If you want to try the new Gmail, all you have to do is: go to your Settings icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail, and select “Try the new Gmail” to get started. You can always revert to the old one, but we doubt you will want to!
To learn more about these features, type "What's new on Gmail" on Google.