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What Do You Think of Gmail’s New Look?

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It appears Gmail’s new look has been activated for all users.

What do you think of Gmail’s new look? Let us know in the comments.

Gmail's New Look

Some new/updated features you’ll notice in Gmail are:

New Conversation View
The conversation view has been completely redesigned. You’ll now see see profile pictures for your contacts in your email conversations.

Elastic Density
With the new Gmail you can now control the spacing between elements on your screen. This can be modified anytime via the display density menu, located under settings.

All New Search
Gmail’s search has been improved with a dropdown menu which allows you to specify exactly what you want to search (e.g. emails to a certain sender, or a certain word in the subject or body). Email filters can also be created from the same menu, from any search.

HD Themes
The themeing system has been completely rebuilt, now each theme utilizes high resolution imagery. All of the current themes have been updated, and your current theme will be carried when switched.

Navigation
The left-side navigation has also received a facelift, as the new layout keeps your most used labels in view at all times. If you find yourself stuff being hidden by the collapsing menu, you can resize this by simply clicking on the dividing line and dragging it down. Gmail will remember your new menu settings.

For those of you who hadn’t made the change yet, Google has made it for you. The next time you login to your Gmail account you’re greeted with a box welcoming you to Gmail’s new look accompanied by the following video:

Not a fan of the new look? Well you can, “temporarily postpone the switch to the new look in the new settings menu“. But what’s the point in that? As Gmail’s new look will more than likely be made permanent in the near future… better just get used to it now.

Google’s Gmail blog has been taking an in-depth look at Gmails new look. Today they posted about activating the changes everyone:

The dedication of our testing team helped us catch bugs early so we could fix them in preparation for launch. Once we felt that the new look was good enough to be used by others, we turned it on for all Googlers.

Sure Google is happy with the changes, but a lot of Twitter users don’t agree:

New gmail, you are decreasing my productivity. #ihatethenewgmail 12 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

#Gmail finally made me switch to a “new look”. I haven’t been missing out. It is bullshit. Where is the old one? 3 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

What the HELL did they do to Gmail??? 13 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

I don’t like the new look for Gmail because the dark theme is now all black black instead of the black, grey and white I’m used to :( 14 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The new gmail format is so crazy!!! #idontlikechange 43 seconds ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

I hate Gmail new look :( 2 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Though there are some out there who actually like Gmail’s new look, myself included:

I *like* the new Gmail. There, I said it 10 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Love the new #gmail #design! @google 10 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Pretty sure I’m the only person who doesn’t hate the new Gmail. 9 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

I’m fine with it, too. RT@AlyssaRosenberg: Pretty sure I’m the only person who doesn’t hate the new Gmail. 5 minutes ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

Lovin’ the all new Gmail layout. :) 4 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

It’s unclear at the moment how long users will be able to revert back to the old Gmail look, but why not just embrace the new look? It will be the default look very shortly, you might as well get used to it.

Why do you think some people don’t like Gmail’s new look? Thoughts about the new look in general? Let us know in the comments.

What Do You Think of Gmail’s New Look?
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