Gmail mailbox gets a facelift

By on August 5, 2011
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Involves a preview pane (finally!)

Okay, so its not the most groundbreaking feature around, but the trusty preview pane has finally come to Gmail. I know we’ve all been using it since the early days of Outlook, (or Mozilla Thunderbird, if you’re so inclined) and even lesser popular web-based mail like Hotmail have had it since ages, but the three pane view has appeared finally on arguably the most popular webmail around.

Its still a Google Labs project, so expect it to be slightly annoying. To activate ‘Preview Pane’, head over to Labs in Settings, and voilà! you’re good to go.  You can easily switch between a horizontal or vertical layout for the previews using a button on the top right of your mailbox.

And yes, the Goog gains another way to show you your daily over-dose of ads, on the far-right of your screen.  Our friends at TechCrunch say the project is labs-worthy on account of bugs, and something about the clutter and ineffective keyboard shortcuts. Wise to wait for the full-fledged approved version then? We think so.


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