Gmail’s Compose Box Now Offers Full-Screen Mode (and You Can Make It Your Default)

    July 19, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Google has just given in to the substantial number of Gmail users who’ve been pissed off at them ever since they went and changed how users go about composing emails, and I can already hear the “THANK GOD”s and “FREAKING FINALLY”s beginning to pour in.

“After Gmail’s new compose rolled out to everyone in March, many of you sent us requests for features you’d like to see added. We listened carefully to your feedback and as as result, the new compose now offers a full-screen option,” says Google.

Yep, Gmail’s new compose box now has a full-screen option. When you choose to compose in full-screen, the window expands to fit your screen and the text formatting toolbar appears by default – meaning you don’t have to click an extra button to access it.

But wait – it gets better.

Google is also giving you the option to set full-screen compose as your default. Just check the “default to full screen” option in your “more options” menu.

Google began testing the new compose box, which appears in the bottom right-hand corner of your window, way back in October of 2012. When they finally rolled it out to all users in March – well, let’s just say that some user were a little less than pleased.

If you don’t yet see the full-screen option, be patient. Google says that it’ll be rolling out to all users over the next couple of days.

  • http://www.rankwatch.com Rank Watch

    Gmail is ever improving on UI, Usability, features and also on its search capability front. The promoted tabs seems to be showing email ads for the opt in users which is definitely an innovation in online advertising.

  • http://www.janleow.com Jan

    still missing pop out message on a new window. tried searching the settings but couldn’t find it. Google still got lots of work to do. popping out message on new windows helps a lot for working on multiple messages at the same time. They use to have it but now it is missing! Sometimes changes are for the good, sometimes for the bad. And so far Google has been very poor at the changes.

  • JP

    I agree with the Jan’s comment. Pop out email is extremely important for me. This new compose sucks.