Tech Tip Thursday October 13, 2016

The main reason that I previously preferred Outlook to Gmail was the preview pane for emails. In Outlook, users can select a message and see a preview of the email, either to the side or at the bottom of the screen, before actually popping the message out in a separate window.

Well, guess what? Gmail now offers users the same option!

Here's how to make it happen:

Open your Gmail account.

If you do not have your Gmail bookmarked or pinned, an easy way to have access to all things Google is to go to and click on the "waffle" in the top right hand corner.

Go to Settings in Gmail.

Click on the settings cog in the top right hand side of the screen and select, "Settings".

Select the "Labs" tab in the setting menu.

This option is an experimental lab in Gmail. That means that Google is trying it out as a feature, but it hasn't become an official or permanent part of Gmail yet. Just know that all labs could change or disappear at any time.

To enable Preview Pane, click the Labs tab and scroll down until you see the "Preview Pane" lab. Click the Enable button.

Be sure to scroll all the way down the page and select "Save Changes".

Once you have enabled the lab, you will see a new icon next to the Settings cog. Click this icon to change to the type of split that you prefer.


Vertical Split

Horizontal Split

No Split

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