After announcing a controversial decision to shut down its Reader Web feed aggregator, Google is once again drawing heat, from some quarters it has been, to say the least ferocious! This time for changing the way users write emails on Gmail.
With the change, users now have to compose their email in a new window that pops up on top of the inbox. Previously, users were switched to a new page to write their email.
Google has been experimenting with the pop-up feature since October and says it is faster and simpler than the previous way of writing emails on Gmail.
“We’re now ready to introduce the new compose experience as the default for everyone,” Google said in a blog post announcing the change. “We’re looking forward to hearing what you think!”
However, many users don’t think highly of the new feature. Many have taken to Twitter over the last day to complain about how much they dislike the change and are even considering trying out different email services.
Posted by Phil Sharp, Product Manager
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 after it launched last October. In addition to telling us what you love about the new compose experience (like how much easier it is to multitask!) you’ve also been sending us helpful suggestions for what features you’d like to see added. As a result of your input, we’re now ready to introduce the new compose experience as the default for everyone. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think!
If you’re already using the the new compose experience, you’ve probably noticed it’s gotten a lot of upgrades over the last few months, from a new way to send files with Google Drive to much-requested features like pop-out replies. We’ve also added support for originally missing features like starring and labeling when composing and the Canned Responses lab.
The new compose will be rolling out to everyone over the next few days. You can learn more in our help center, or follow us on Google+, where we’ll be posting more tips for using the new compose.
Posted Yesterday by The Gmail Team [/pressrelease]
Gmail’s new compose and reply experience
You can now write messages in a cleaner, simpler experience that puts the focus on your message itself, not all the features around it. Here are some of the highlights:
- Fast: Compose messages right from your inbox.
- Simple: Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look.
- Powerful: Check emails as you’re typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.
Using Gmail with Google Apps? Find a switch guide, video, and FAQ for business users, at our Google Apps learning center.
Details of the compose window
Instead of taking up your entire Gmail window, clicking Compose now opens a smaller window at the bottom of your screen. Here are some of the features that you’ll see:
Recipients: Click this text field to type email addresses. You can also click theCc or Bcc links to add a new set of recipients. Drag and drop recipients from one field to another, or click the “x” to remove them from your message. Hover over the recipient to see details about them, or double-click on them to edit their address.
Text formatting: Click this icon to add formatting like font size, bold, underline, and bullets. Or, use our new formatting keyboard shortcuts. Hover over each button to learn the keyboard shortcut you can use for that option. Alignment and indentation options are now collapsed under the alignment icon.
Attachments: Click the Attachment icon to attach files to your message. Hovering over the Attachment icon will also open the insert options menu.
Insert options: Hover over the plus icon to embed photos, links, emoticons, and Google Calendar events. This menu will also open when hovering over the Attachment icon.
Discard: Click the trash can icon to delete your draft.
More options: Click this menu to see other tools such as spell check, plain text format, print, adding labels, and including original attachments.
Window size: The writing pane grows as your message gets longer. If you want the window to be bigger, click the middle icon at the top right of the pane to open the message in a new window. Use the other icons to minimize or close the window (which will also save your draft).
Saving: Gmail automatically saves your drafts while you’re writing, so we’ve removed the “Save now” button (but you can verify that it’s saved if you see the word, “Saved” next to the Discard button). Your draft will also be automatically saved when you close the compose window.
Send mail as: If you use Gmail to send mail from another address (like your work address), click the address in the “From” field to choose a different address. If you don’t see the “From” field, first click into the “Recipients” field at the top of the compose window.
Changes when replying or forwarding
You’ll also see some differences when replying to or forwarding messages. Most of the changes are similar to those that you’ll see when composing a brand new message. Here are a few additional changes:
Recipients: To change who your message should be sent to, click into the recipient field when you’re replying.
Type of response: Click the arrow next to the recipient’s name to choose whether your message is a reply, reply all, or forward.
Subject: To change the subject of your message, click the arrow next to the recipient’s name and click Edit subject.
Pop out reply: To write your reply in a compose window, click the arrow next to the recipient’s name and click Pop out reply .
Respond inline: If you want to see the previous message within your reply, scroll down until you see the “Show trimmed content” icon and click it.
Try it out!
Once you click the Compose button, click the “new compose experience” link right next to the Labels button at the top of the message. Until the change is fully launched, you’ll be able to choose whether you use the new or current experience.
If you change your mind, you can switch back to the old experience at any time. Here’s how:
At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon next to the Discard button.
Select “Temporarily switch back to old compose.”