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How to Enable the New Gmail Web Design Interface

Google recently updated Gmail with one of its biggest redesigns in a long time. The update brings several security features like confidential mode, which allows you to add two-factor authentication and / or set expiration dates for individual emails.

Still, it’s a nice upgrade and if you ever lambasted Gmail for looking like it was from the dawn of the Internet, you’re going to love this redesign. Think the Google Calendar redesign but with email, and you will not be far off at all.

That’s all great, but it’s actually not enabled by default yet. Here’s how you can skip the line and check out the new Gmail interface right away:

  1. Load Gmail on the web and sign in.
  2. In the top-right corner of the inbox, find the cog/gear icon and click it.
  3. If it’s made available for your account, you’ll see an option for “Try the new Gmail” at the very top — click it.
  4. After a page reload, you’ll have to click Next on the pop-up and then choose a view for your inbox.
    • Most people will like “Default” because it shows the most information per message, but “Comfortable” is a good choice as well.
    • You can always change this view later at any time from the cog/gear icon.
  5. Click OK and you’re using the new interface!
    • If you want to go back to the “old” interface, repeat the steps from the cog/gear icon to return to it.

The option is currently available for everyone right away. Most of the team here at Simmyideas Tech Hub has the option to enable the interface now, so there’s a good chance you will too. One of the caveats here is that the “confidential mode” is now available for a few more weeks. Google will likely be refining and improving small parts of the interface as it rolls out to everyone as well.

If you finally have the new Gmail and you find that you’d rather switch back, you can head back to the Settings cog to revert to Classic Gmail. Keep refreshing and good luck!

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