How to get the new look Gmail now

July 1, 2011

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As part of Google’s intensified efforts over the past week to unify user experience across it’s products, as we’ve seen with user interface (UI) updates to Google Search, Google Calendar and the introduction of Google+ this week, Google will roll-out a new unified interface update to Gmail in the coming months.

Jason Cornwell, user experience designer at Google, explains how the interface update is “part of a Google-wide effort” to bring users a consistent experience that’s more “focused, elastic, and effortless” across all of their products. The new design will “help strip out unnecessary clutter and make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful”.

The new clean look Gmail interface

The new clean look Gmail interface

Google also state that the new “modern look” interface will “expand dynamically” to accommodate varying screen sizes and user preferences. For those of you, like myself, who do not wish to wait “months” for the improved interface to be introduced, Google have provided two sneak peek themes that carry all the major changes made to date.

How to apply the sneak peek themes

There are two sneak peek themes available; ‘Preview’ and ‘Preview (Dense)’. Personally I prefer ‘Preview (Dense)’ as it’s more derivative of the classic Gmail theme. To apply either theme simply click Mail Settings in the top right-hand corner of your Gmail window. Under the Theme tab, select either preview theme you which to apply.

Click on Gmail's Mail Settings

Click on Gmail's Mail Settings

Click Themes then select either Preview theme

Click Themes then select either Preview theme

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Darren McCarra

Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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