Google started rolling out Gmail’s new web version with a new ‘Material You’ redesign last week. The new look has subtle changes that include a new color scheme and a few tweaks to the interface. For instance, Gmail’s buttons are now sporting new colors in the users’ browsers. However, the most notable change is that Gmail now has two left-hand side panels.
Gmail’s previous version sported only a single side panel that gave users access to various Gmail categories and labels like Inbox, Sent, Starred, Drafts, Trash, etc. Additionally, users were able to adjust the panel to display either icons and labels or only icons via the three-line icon (hamburger icon) in the upper left corner of the Gmail window. But, Gmail’s new look sports another side panel, giving users instant access to other Google apps like Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet. Here’s how users can change the side panels as they require –
Hiding the categories side panel
Users can hide the categories panel disappear by clicking the hamburger icon if they don’t want to view two side panels. And tap on the hamburger icon again if they wish to the panel back. But, to make the apps panel vanish, users need to follow a few extra steps.
Hiding the apps side panel
To get rid of the apps panel, users must follow these few simple steps –
- Go to Settings > Customize.
- Here users can select apps they want to view in Gmail’s side panel. Then, they can uncheck the ones they don’t need and tap Done.
- Finally, click Reload.
Thus, users will see only a single side panel in their Gmail window. And the hamburger icon will enable them to choose between a side panel with labels and icons or just icons.
Lastly, for now, Google allows users to return to the original Gmail window view. They can do so in Settings > Go back to the original view. But, it is unclear how long users would have that option.