Google Makes Some Adjustments to Gmail

Gmail Gets New Contacts Features, Other Minor Tweaks

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Google has made some updates to the Gmail experience with a heavy focus on contacts. The company says that out of all of the feedback it gets about Gmail, most of it is about improving the contacts experience.

New contacts features include:

  • Keyboard shortcuts (go to Contacts and hit "?" for the full list)
  • Sort by last name (look under "More actions")
  • Custom labels for phone numbers and other fields
  • The ability to undo changes you’ve just made
  • Automatic saving
  • Structured name fields, so you can adjust titles, suffixes, and other name components
  • A bigger, more prominent notes field

GmailIn addition to these, Google has slightly altered the look of Gmail. Mail, Contacts, and Tasks links have been moved to the top left. Compose Mail is now a button rather than a link. A smaller header area puts the first message in your inbox higher on the screen. Finally, the select all, none, read, unread, and starred links that used to be above messages are now in a drop-down menu, next to the archive button.

The features appear to be in the process of rolling out, as I am not seeing them yet in my own account. The company also says that Google Apps users will have to wait because they’re working on making domain-specific features work well with the new interface.

Google Makes Some Adjustments to Gmail
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  • http://www.hot.com.au/ Cheka

    Changes in my Gmail already took place, although, at first glance there is really not much difference. If not for this post, I wont be able to pinpoint which features were actually adjusted or changed. As a Gmail user, but this is just me, i think it would be better if they actually changed the look of the website. I am a person that appreciates something pretty, and I would actually spend more time on the website if it something that is pleasant to see. For the changes that were made, or for the shortcuts that were added, i hope there is kind of a newsletter that will be sent. We don’t want to be guessing what these changes are, now do we?

  • http://psychicmedium-cassandrablizzard.com Psychic Medium Cassandra Blizzard

    I have most of my mail forwarded to Gmail. I have really just started to use the labels and filters. It really is helpful, not to mention they have a pretty good spam filter. I have also noticed a few changes to Google search screen that I like.

  • Guest

    Making “compose mail” a button instead of a link is very annoying – it is no longer possible to compose a mail in another window with just one right-click :(

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