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Gmail is rolling out a bold new look that clears much of the clutter from the webmail interface.

The new look started rolling out in February and Google is now starting to switch users to the revamped interface by default, meaning you’ll have to revert to the classic Gmail view in settings if you don’t like the new look. Although you might as well get used to it, as one day it will simply become the default.

The biggest change with the new Gmail is that the other related Google services – such as Chat, Spaces and Meet – are moved to a rail on the left-hand side of the screen, instead of having little panes for them in the mail window. It gives Gmail a less cluttered look, while still keeping those other services close at hand if you need them.

Personally, I think the new look is a big improvement on a Gmail interface that was fussy and tired. If you agree and want to move to the new Gmail immediately, here’s how to do it.


How to get the new Gmail now

If you haven’t yet been upgraded to the new Gmail and want to give it a spin, here’s how to do it:

  • Click the settings cog in the top-right corner of the Gmail web interface
  • Select ‘See all settings’
  • In the General tab, which should be open by default, select ‘New view’ under the ‘Main menu’ section at the top of the screen
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings screen and click ‘Save Changes’

If you decide you hate the new look, you can return to the old interface by selecting ‘Original view’ in the menu above. For how long that will remain an option is unclear.


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