Gmail is one of the world’s most famous email clients and this week, it’s getting ready to fix one of its few shortcomings. Starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks, Gmail ‘s desktop interface is getting a brand new sidebar of settings that not only enhances the UI, but also makes it much easier to access several settings.
Google details the most recent update to Gmail’s web experience in a blog post. The web app is being updated with a new sidebar for Quick Settings which takes some of Gmail’s layout-related settings and places them in an easier-to-access area. Those settings include email density, type of inbox, and the background theme as well. Notably, all of these settings are updated on the user’s screen in real time.
This update — one of Gmail ‘s largest has been rolled out in a while — will not change any user settings already in place or add / remove any options either. The new sidebar also makes it much easier to navigate some of the Gmail settings, as you can see below. The Fast Settings menu also enables users to instantly allow an email reading pane.
Google says G Suite domains “Rapid Release” will start seeing this update today and over the next two weeks, but the wider rollout will not begin until June 22nd. When it rolls out to all — this will also be a gradual 15-day rollout — it will be the default setting in Gmail when a user clicks the settings icon at the top of the screen with the sidebar appearing at any time.