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What’s new in the redesigned Gmail for web, and how to enable it

by Brandon Russell | April 25, 2018April 25, 2018 12:30 pm PST

Google on Wednesday introduced a redesigned Gmail experience that focuses on improved productivity. With a brand new coat of paint, Gmail now features like snooze, nudge, smart reply, and a confidential mode.

The redesigned experience is rolling out in stages right now, which means you may not see it right away. However, you can easily enable the feature with a few quick steps.

One of Gmail’s more interesting new features is the confidential mode, which Google says was designed for sending sensitive information. The feature allows users to disable the option to forward, copy, download or print messages. You can also set a message to expire after a set period of time.

The Gmail experience is much more robust and feature rich, making it a much more viable option thanks to the addition of snooze, nudge, and confidential mode. Gmail will also feature new warnings when a potentially risky email comes through. It all looks really clean thanks to its Material Design makeover.

In addition to a slate of new features, Gmail also includes a panel on the right side with quick access to Calendar, Keep, and Tasks, the latter of which now has a standalone app for iOS and Android.

If you don’t see the new Gmail redesign yet, you can manually enable it. For private Gmail accounts, simply login to your account and click on the gear icon in the top right corner. Then, click on “try the new Gmail.” G Suite users will have to enable the feature by option into the new Gmail early adopter program.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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