Gmail’s permanent change, which impresses everyone with a brand new built-in view, starts this month.
one in Blog post published on TuesdayOf course, Google has eliminated the option to revert it to the earlier Gmail UI, so we’ll all just have to get used to the bubbly — and really blue — interface. That includes its Material Design 3 font and Google Sans text.
Google calls Gmail’s new structure a “unified” view, a result of which it comes with options for Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet on the left-hand sidebar. A small pop-out menu appears when hovering over these buttons, clicking on them makes the app fill the entire display screen.
If you find that the extra buttons are distracting, you can probably disable Meet & Chat from your Settings menu. This saves you from seeing the extra sidebar and leaves you with an extra simple display screen just for Gmail.
Google began testing this structure again in February and hasn’t been slowly rolling out the choice customers have since. The new structure became opt-out again in July (which would suggest it replaces you by default). But now, Google has been able to make this modification permanent, mixing it with a few other makeovers including Docs, Calendar, and Sheets already used for its other workspace apps.
As someone who has been using the new framework for quite some time now, I really can’t see myself returning to the old one. It took a while to get used to it, yet it’s a lot more modern, and as soon as I turn off the options for other apps, it seems to be just like the old Gmail.