Watch Gmail's New Compose Experience (Released on 11/12/12):
Gmail's new compose and reply experience
Staring on November 12, 2012, a new design for composing and replying to messages in Gmail will be released. It is designed to be faster, cleaner, and more powerful. Most changes don't need any explanation but some differences are worth noting.
- Streamlined compose pane
- Check your mail while typing
- Formatting options appear only when you need them
- New keyboard shortcuts
- Drag and drop addresses
- Compose two messages at once
How to try the new experience...
|*||After clicking the Compose button, click the “new compose experience” link at the top of the message.
If you change your mind, you can temporarily switch back to Gmail’s previous experience. Open the Compose window, click the More options icon, and select “Switch back to old compose.”
A closer look at some changes...
Enter addresses as usual in the To field (labeled Recipients when you’re not adding addresses).
While adding addresses, click the Cc or Bcc link to display fields for entering those recipients, too.
|You can even drag recipients between fields.|
|Your window grows as you type!
To accommodate longer messages, your writing pane grows as your message gets longer.
To make the window even bigger, click the icon to open it in a separate window. Use the other two icons to minimize or close the window, which also saves your draft.
Click the icon to see text formatting options, such as font size, bold, underline, and bullets.
|*||Attachments, photos, and links
Click the icon to attach a file from your desktop.
|Tooltips and keyboard shortcuts
If you're not sure what an icon does, point at it to see a pop-up description.
For many actions, the description also includes a keyboard shortcut for performing the action without having to display the icon.
|*||Spell check, printing, and labels
Click the More options menu to see other tools, such as check spelling, plain text mode, print, and adding labels.
Some options may not yet be ready and will be shown in gray until they become available.
|*||Reply, Reply all, & Forward
When replying to a message, open the Reply menu next to the recipient's name to display options to reply, reply all, or forward the message.
|Edit your recipient list
Click in the recipient field...
|To open an edit field for adding or removing addresses...||*|
|*||Change a message subject
When replying to a message, open the Reply menu next to the recipient’s name and choose Start separate conversation. This copies the message to a new thread where you can enter a new subject.
Compose multiple messages at once!
While composing one message, click Compose again to open another window. Minimize drafts you’re not working on now to keep them handy for when you want to finish them later.