The pop-out Gmail compose option launched in October is here to stay, Google said today, announcing that the feature is now the default for all users.
Instead of writing emails from the confines of the Gmail screen, the new compose box sits separately in the bottom right corner, allowing users to keep an eye on incoming messages and even reference other emails without leaving their current draft.
“Saving a draft, opening an old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes,” Google said in a fall blog post.
Those already using the new compose may have noticed a few upgrades to the box over the past few months, including a new way to send files with Google Drive and pop-out replies. The Gmail team also added support for originally missing features like starring and labeling when composing, Google said in a Thursday blog post.
The same changes are applicable when responding to messages, as well. The reply window now takes up less space on the screen, expands to fit your content, and always shows the message recipients list, no matter how long the email becomes.
The new compose will roll out to everyone over the next few days, though the option to “temporarily switch back to old compose” will remain intact for users who prefer the in-window setting. Just click the More menu icon in the bottom right corner of the compose box to select the older option.
“You are busy people, so it’s no surprise that an overwhelming number of you opted to try out Gmail’s faster, simpler compose experience,” Google said.
Google also added the ability to insert inline images in a message, as well as profile photos of added recipients.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag