Google Adds Split Views to Gmail
Google has rolled out a new layout for previewing messages called Preview Pane in Google Labs that promises to speed up the process of going through mail.
Similar to Microsoft’s standard Office Outlook view, Google said it’s an offshoot of the Gmailinterface available on iPads and Android tablets.
The feature must first be turned on through Gmail’s “Labs” tab. After signing into Gmail , access the “Labs” tab found under the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the inbox page to enable Panes.
Once enabled, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Save Changes. Google will then return to the Gmail inbox page. The”Toggle” button located in the top-right corner of the message list is where users can switch between preview and list views.
Panes can be viewed in both horizontal and vertical layouts. Use the dropdown arrow next to the “Toggle” button to choose the orientation that works best. “No split” refers to the view without panes.
Google noted that there is a three-second delay in marking a conversation as read after previewing it. Users can adjust the timing in the General tab located in “Mail Settings,” which is found in the dropdown menu from the gear icon. If three seconds seems too long, try “immediately” or “1 second.”
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