As you probably know, I have been recommending Gmail as an email service for a long time – for a variety of reasons (please don’t use the email address that comes with your internet provider!). Recently, Google has enabled Gmail email to be viewed with a preview pane. Finally!
What’s a preview pane, you’re wondering? Glad you asked!
If you go to your Gmail account at www.gmail.com, your inbox will look like this:
It’s been like this for years. Just one list of the emails that have come in, and in order to read one you need to click on it. When you click it, the list of emails disappears and all you see is the text of that one email.
When you enable the preview pane, your inbox will look more like this:
All of the emails are still in a list on the left side, but when you click to select one, the content of that email is displayed in the preview pane on the right side. You can also select to have them divided horizontally instead of vertically if you prefer.
To enable the Preview Pane feature in your Gmail:
1. Go to the top right corner of the Gmail screen and click the little icon that looks like a sprocket, and in the drop down menu from there, click on Mail Settings
2. In the Mail Settings window, click on the “Labs” tab
3. In the list, find “Preview Pane” and click to Enable it
4. Click “Save Changes” either at the top or bottom of the list
So that’s all you need to do! Now, while you are looking around in the “Labs” section, you might find some other interesting things that you can do with your Gmail account. Labs is where Google tries out some experimental things to see how they work with the users. You will probably see some fun stuff to try in there, so give it a shot. You can always go back in and turn it off if you don’t like the changes.