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Google Changes How You Compose Emails In Gmail

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Google has made a change to the compose/reply experience in Gmail, so that it now comes in a pop up box.

“How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message? Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger),” says product manager Phil Sharp. “This makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft. You can even do a search or keep an eye on new mail as it comes in. And because the compose window works the same way as chats, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.”

Gmail Compose

“The new compose is designed to let you focus on what’s important: your message,” says Sharp. “The controls are still there when you need them but get out of the way when you don’t. We’ve even added some new features like the ability to easily insert inline images and have more to come.”

When the users adds recipients to a message, Google will show profile pics for contacts, when available, in autocomplete. Address chips can be dragged and dropped between the different fields.

The new experience is rolling out in preview, but Google says it will add some “finishing touches” over the coming months, and will then enable it for everyone.

Google Changes How You Compose Emails In Gmail
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  • http://www.bitmantra.com Maria Watson

    I really liked the Gmail’s new compose box. Now I won’t be facing any difficulties while sending mail. Previously always I have to save the mail into draft.
    Thanks to Google!!!!

  • Karen

    I went to view the ‘new’ composing and now I can’t compose any letters at all! I hit compose and it does nothing . . .

    • Rita

      The same thing is happening to me. I hope someone can help!!!

    • jake

      I had the same issue but it is now resolved. I was banging my head to the desk to switch back to the old mode. Below is how you switch back to the old mode.

      In my case i went to my sent items and said reply to any one of my emails. A small window appears where you can compose the email. To the bottom right hand corner you will see the discard button that is given in the instruction below. use the drop down next to it and switch is back to the old mode. Hopefully this helps…

      If you change your mind or if you need to use a feature that isn’t available yet, you can switch back to the old experience at any time. Here’s how:

      1. Click Compose
      2. At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon More options drop-down arrow next to the Discard button.
      3. Select “Switch back to old compose.”

  • jake

    I had the same issue but it is now resolved. I was banging my head to the desk to switch back to the old mode. Below is how you switch back to the old mode.

    In my case i went to my sent items and said reply to any one of my emails. A small window appears where you can compose the email. To the bottom right hand corner you will see the discard button that is given in the instruction below. use the drop down next to it and switch is back to the old mode. Hopefully this helps…

    If you change your mind or if you need to use a feature that isn’t available yet, you can switch back to the old experience at any time. Here’s how:

    1. Click Compose
    2. At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon More options drop-down arrow next to the Discard button.
    3. Select “Switch back to old compose.”

    • Melissa

      Thank you thank you thank you!!! I switched over to the new one because I usually love new gmail things, but this is awful – makes it so hard to manage multiple email accounts, can’t easily tell which one an email is being sent from. Glad to have the old one back.

  • Gerald

    I really dislike the new way of composing and wish to go back to the old way. It is distracting. There seems to be no way of underlining or capitalizing. Not easy to see. How do I go back to the old way? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!!

    Thank you.

  • Leigh

    HATE IT! Thanks for helping out how to switch back. What a relief. What clown in Google came up with this new compose message labled as an improvement! I seriously hate yahoo mail but will switch back to it if Goodle makes this complusory. Hope you are reading the feedback from your users and listening Google otherwise you are going to have a lot of poeple no longer seeing your precious “ka-ching” adwords via email.

  • Tee

    The only truly useful part of the NEW compose format is it’s popout appearance. There is not any availability of bullet lists, bold, text size, highlighting and a number of other things all important to putting together a professionally formatted business email.

    What on earth were they thinking?

    For those that think it’s really cool… you were always able to open your inbox in a new tab by right click on Inbox and Open In New Tab. From there you can access everything from current and past, even search and go back to the newly forming email simply by switching tabs.

    The new Gmail Compose is lacking tons of needed tool! It sucks, quite frankly.

  • http://.www.@gmail.com Stevenyamao

    hmmmm!

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