How to customize gmail on the web

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Gmail is an enormously popular tin nhắn provider with an easy-to-use website interface. However, not all preferences & screen sizes work well with the default settings. Here’s how khổng lồ customize the Gmail interface.


Expand or Collapse the Sidebar

The Gmail sidebar—the area on the left that shows you the Inbox, Sent Items, Drafts, và so on— takes up a lot of screen space on a smaller device.

To change or collapse the sidebar, cliông chồng the hamburger thực đơn at the top left of the app.

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The sidebar contracts, so you just see the icons.

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Cliông chồng the hamburger ibé to see the full sidebar again.

Choose What to Display in the Sidebar

The sidebar includes things you’ll definitely use (lượt thích the Inbox), but it also shows items you might rarely or never use (like “Important” or “All Mail”).


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At the bottom of the sidebar, you see “More,” which, by default, is contracted và hides things you rarely use. You can drag & drop things from the sidebar onto the “More” listing khổng lồ hide them.

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You can also drag & drop into the sidebar any labels under “More” that you use regularly, so they’re always visible. You can also drag & drop to lớn reorder the labels.

Hide (or Move) the Google Hangouts Chat Window

If you don’t use Google Hangouts for chats or phone calls, you can hide the chat window under the sidebar.

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To vày so, clichồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right of the app, & then select “Settings.”

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Clichồng or tap “Chat,” select the “Chat Off” option, và then click or tap “Save sầu Changes.”

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Gmail reloads without the chat window. If you ever want to turn it baông chồng on, go baông chồng lớn Settings > Chat và select the “Chat On” option.


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If you use Google Hangouts but don’t want the chat window at the bottom of the sidebar, you can display it on the right side of the app instead.

To vì so, clichồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right of the tiện ích và select “Settings.”

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Clichồng or tap “Advanced” & scroll down to lớn the “Right-Side Chat” option. Cliông chồng or tap “Enable,” và then clichồng or tap “Save Changes.”

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Gmail reloads with the chat window on the right side of the interface.

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Change the Display Density of Emails

By default, Gmail displays your emails with a generous amount of space between them, including an icon that identifies the type of attachment. If you want to make your gmail display more compact, cliông chồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right of the window and select “Display Density.”

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The “Choose a View” thực đơn opens, & you can choose “Default,” “Comfortable,” or “Compact.”

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The “Default” view shows the ibé for attachments, while “Comfortable” does not. In “Compact” view, you also won’t see the attachment inhỏ, but it also minimizes the White space between emails. Select the density option you want, & then cliông xã or tap “OK.”

You can return to lớn this thực đơn any time khổng lồ change the mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa setting.

Show Only the Subject Line

By mặc định, Gmail shows the subject of an tin nhắn và a few words from the toàn thân.

You can change this to lớn see only the subject of the gmail for a cleaner viewing experience.

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To bởi vì so, cliông xã or tap the Settings cog at the top right, & then select “Settings.”

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Cliông chồng or tap “General,” scroll down lớn the “Snippets” section, & then select “No Snippets.” Click or tap “Save sầu Changes.”


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Gmail will now show the subject lines but nothing from the body toàn thân of your emails.

Enable the Hidden Email PĐánh Giá Pane

Just lượt thích Outlook, Gmail has a previews pane, but it’s not enabled by default. We’ve sầu covered this in more detail before, but khổng lồ quickly turn on the PĐánh Giá pane, clichồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right và select “Settings.”

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Cliông chồng or tap “Advanced” and scroll down khổng lồ the “PReview Pane” option. Clichồng or tap the “Enable” option, và then cliông chồng or tap “Save sầu Changes.”

Gmail now displays either a vertical (as shown below) or horizontal pnhận xét pane.

Again, for more configuration options in the pReview pane, kiểm tra out our previous article.

Change the Mail Action Icons to Text

When you select an gmail in Gmail, the mail actions display as icons.


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If you hover your cursor over these icons, a tip appears. However, if you’d prefer simple text instead of having to remember what the icons mean, you can remove them.

To bởi so, cliông xã or tap the Settings cog at the top right, and then select “Settings.”

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Cliông chồng or tap “General” and scroll down to the “Button Labels” section. Select the “Text” option, scroll lớn the bottom of the page, và then cliông chồng or tap “Save Changes.”

When you return lớn the gmail interface, the actions appear as text.

This option can be particularly useful for someone who’s not tech-savvy & might struggle to figure out what the icons mean.

Change the Number of Displayed Emails

By default, Gmail shows you 50 emails at a time. This made sense when it launched baông xã in 2004 because most people probably didn’t have sầu great internet speeds; it’s still ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá if you have sầu a slower connection.


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However, if you have sầu the bandwidth khổng lồ show more (as most of us do), you can change this value.

Cliông chồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right, & then select “Settings.”

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Cliông xã or tap “General” & scroll down lớn the “Maximum Page” section. Cliông xã or tap the drop-down menu & change it to lớn “100” (the maximum allowed). Scroll to the bottom of the page và cliông xã or tap “Save sầu Changes.”

Gmail will now display 100 emails per page.

Color-Code Your Labels

We’ve covered labels in-depth previously, but one simple change that can make a big difference is color-coding your labels.

To vì chưng this, hover over a label, and then clichồng or tap the three dots on the right. Cliông chồng or tap “Label Color,” và then select the color you want lớn use.

The labels applied to your tin nhắn will now be color-coded, making it much easier lớn see things at a glance.

Choose Your Tabs

Across the top of your Inbox, you see tabs, such as “Primary,” “Social,” and “Promotions.” To choose which of these are visible, cliông chồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right. Next, select “Configure Inbox.”


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In the panel that appears, choose which tabs you want visible (you can’t deselect Primary), và then cliông xã or tap “Save sầu.”

The tabs across the top of your Inbox will change lớn those you selected. To see any tabs you haven’t selected, click “Categories” in the sidebar.

Change Gmail’s Theme

Blachồng text on a trắng background isn’t everyone’s favorite color scheme. If you want to change it, cliông chồng or tap the Settings cog at the top right, & then select “Themes.”

Cliông chồng or tap a theme, and Gmail shows it behind the Themes panel as a previews.

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Once you’ve sầu chosen the theme you want, you can use the options (available for some themes) at the bottom lớn finesse it a bit, & then cliông chồng or tap “Save.”


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Those are some of the ways you can change the Gmail interface to lớn suit your preferences.

Did we miss your favorite interface tweak? Share it in the comments!


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Rob WoodgateRob Woodgate is a writer & IT consultant with nearly đôi mươi years of experience across the private and public sectors. He"s also worked as a trainer, technical support person, delivery manager, system administrator, and in other roles that involve getting people & giải pháp công nghệ to work together. Read Full Bio »

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