5 New Gmail Features You Need to Try (2018 Redesign)

5 New Gmail Features You Need to Try (2018 Redesign)

(bright chiming music) – [Scott] Hello everyone! Scott Friesen here at Simpletivity, and today we are taking a
look at the brand new Gmail and my favorite features
in this latest update. Now it is pretty significant. This is the biggest update we’ve seen to Gmail in many, many years. But just before I dive into
the new features and new areas, let’s make sure you know
how to get this new look. So, if you are still using
the older version of Gmail, all you need to do is come
up here to the Settings, and your first option
is Try the new Gmail. By selecting that option, you will be updated to this new look. And probably one of the first things that you’re going to notice is that things look a little
bit bigger in the new Gmail. Everything from the new larger
and taller Compose button, here in the top left corner, to even some of your messages. So let’s start with the inbox itself. Here you will notice I
have a couple of emails that are about two, almost
three times the height of other emails here in my inbox. What is up with this? Well, there’s some pros and cons to this. The pro is that now we have
direct access to attachments. You’ll notice that both of
these emails have an attachment. Not only can I see the type of attachment, in this case they are both pictures, I can also see a preview
of the attachment name. If I hover over it, I get
the full attachment name, but I can even select
these attachments directly without even having to open up the email. Here you just saw that I
selected this attachment, and this email is still showing as unread because I actually haven’t opened it up and read this message. You can go directly to
a PDF, to a picture, to any other document that is attached. So this may be most helpful. This might be most helpful to those who are receiving
a lot of contracts or other documents where you
just want to get to the goods. You don’t really care about
opening up the message. You wanna go directly to that attachment; however, if you don’t like this look, and if this feels a little jarring to have some of your
messages bigger than others, you can always go back to
a more traditional view. If you go up to Settings, we can select Display density, and here you see a preview
of that Default view, but you can always go back to
a Comfortable or Compact view where the attachments will
show as a traditional paperclip on the right hand side. But the one thing that
I do wanna point out with this new Default view is that not only do you see the attachments, but you also get a preview of the type of attachment directly from your inbox, whether it’s a Word document,
a spreadsheet, an image, something along those likes, and that can be a great
benefit for many of us. So let’s stick with the
top of the inbox here, and you will also notice some new things on the right hand side of your messages. So whenever you hover over any message, you will notice that there’s
some additional icons here on the right hand side. Now this first one happens to be an add-on that I use from Boomerang. So unless you also use Boomerang, you’re not going to see this. But one of the reasons why I
wanted to highlight this is that depending on the
types of Chrome extensions or Gmail add-ons that you use, you might find some
other helpful icons here, such as Boomerang, such as this additional
add-on that I’m using. But let’s look at the other standard ones that have been included in this update. We can now archive, delete, or mark a message as read or
unread directly from the inbox, and I don’t even have
to click on the checkbox and make that selection up top. I can do that directly
here just by hovering over the message. So think about all those messages that you don’t even wanna open. You know who it’s from
or maybe it’s junk mail. You can just delete it a single click. So I really like the efficiency aspects of these new icons here over on the right. Of course, if you’re wanting to do things to multiple messages, you’re still gonna need
to use this checkbox and make use of your action
icons here on the top side. One note, I do like the color
scheme that they used here. It’s very evident as to which messages I’ve
check-marked here with the blue. I like the high contrast, which
they’ve added here as well. Now continuing down this line, you will notice that the
last icon is something that is brand new to Gmail, and that is the Snooze icon. Now Snooze is a feature which has been standard in Inbox by Gmail. In fact, you might say
that Inbox by Gmail, for those who are familiar
with that application, was built entirely around
this Snooze aspect. What Snooze does is, it allows
you to bring a message back to your inbox at a later time. So if I select Snooze, I can select a number of
different preset options. Do I want to bring it back later today? Tomorrow, later this week? I really like the Someday option. That’s really rolling the dice, right? It’s gonna bring it back! You just don’t know when
it’s gonna bring it back. Or if I don’t like any
of these preset options, of course I can come down and
pick a specific date and time. But this can be a great way to keep your inbox nice and clean. If you know you need to address this, or you want to address this
but perhaps it’s not urgent, and you can address it at a later time. Now there’s a few other
buttons that may appear, depending on the type of message. If I go up to this first message here, this actually, you will notice, has a RSVP button, and the reason being is because this message is
a meeting invitation. So here’s another example of
how we can be more efficient with our email messages. I don’t even have to open up this message. I can simply click on the RSVP button, and I can give my response, my Yes, my Maybe, my No to
this particular message, and of course it will add
it directly to my calendar. So I love this feature of quick buttons. I love the Snooze feature, which may actually make
Boomerang a little more obsolete for me since I wouldn’t be, Boomerang and Snooze is essentially
doing the same thing for me. But RSVP, the ability to quickly respond to a message without having to open it, I love that aspect here
of the new interface. Well, let’s take a look further right, in fact, to the farthest
part of our screen, over here to the Apps Bar, and you will notice that
you have some familiar icons and perhaps a brand new one
here at the bottom called Tasks. If you click on any of these Google apps, you will now get a mini version of these apps available to you here. So if I click on Google Calendar, I can now browse through my days here. I can add new meeting events directly, directly here from within
this calendar view. So a great way to integrate both. Let’s add just a test event here. I’m gonna make that for, let’s make that for later in the day. I’m gonna hit save, and so there it is. It’s gonna pop up directly on my calendar. I can get that nice
view of what’s happening in my schedule right from within my inbox. We now have a more direct
access to Google Keep as well, not only to view our notes, but also to take new notes as well. But lastly, and this is
sort of the big update to the types of integrations
with other Google products, is the new Gmail Tasks or Google Tasks. So this is a much more robust, a much easier on the eyes version of the former Tasks here within Gmail. We can easily check things off and add new tasks directly
from this preview pane. Now, if you want to
close the preview plane, you can just simply select
the X in the top right corner, or you can select the app itself, and that will minimize this bar. But it should also be noted that you can add other
apps and other add-ons. If you select this plus button, you will be taken to
the G Suite Marketplace, and here you can add a
variety of other Gmail apps, which will show up in this area, and just like we saw with Boomerang, may give you some additional functionality when it comes to
interacting with your email. So, those are some of my favorite features when it comes to the new Gmail. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s very simple to do so. Simply go to your settings, and you can try it out for yourself. Now I would love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite
features from the new Gmail? Did they miss anything? Was there something that they left out? Something that is perhaps
on your email wishlist? And if you have been using the new Gmail for a little while now, I’d love to hear your feedback as well. Do you like this new view? Do you like having access
to attachments immediately? Do you like these quick icons, these quick single click
actions that you can do without even having the need to select or open a particular email? Remember, being productive
does not need to be difficult. In fact, it’s very simple.


100 thoughts on “5 New Gmail Features You Need to Try (2018 Redesign)”

  • I love the new Gmail. the only the only things I wish it had was a shortcut on my mac dock to it so you didn't have to use gogle chrome or another 3rd party other than Gmail and of course the desktop shortcut and where the app bar is I wish one of the add ons was google doc word processoer

  • Nicole Notario-Risk says:

    I don't seem to have the option to try the new email. I'm using Google Suite for business and the multiple inbox feature. Could that be the reason?

  • I wish they had included a Contacts icon in the right rail. Would be very handy not to have to open a separate tab. Is there a way to do it already that I missed?

  • Michael Durland says:

    Nice video. I like the new design except for one major change: They removed the rectangle framing boxes around the various layout components. Now it looks like just a bunch of text spread out all across the screen. It looks disorganized because there is no delineation between screen sections. It's harder for my eye to quickly identify and pick-out where one thing ends and another begins. For example, the button bar at the top is just a bunch of words in a row now. Before, it was very clear what the buttons were. This is worsened by the fact that some buttons are multiple words.

  • Andra Volocariu says:

    My snooze button doesn't appear, does anyone know if i have to do something in particular to have it? i have the new gmail with default view. Let me know! 🙂


    Hi sir in my g mail its not showing the boomerang option after updating to the new g mail, could you please help me out or figure me out with an solution

  • I like the new Gmail but wish they'd kept the feature where a date inside an email was clickable to add to Google calendar

  • I love the new Gmail. I left Ms Outlook for it about 6 weeks ago. What I do miss is Outlook's auto-correct function which it shares with the other Ms Office programs. I know that Google Docs has this valuable feature. But I do wish Gmail gets it. Hopefully it will be a shared auto-correct file like in Ms Office, which you use at least in Google Docs as well as in Gmail. The reason I depend so much on autocorrect is that I usually write in Afrikaans, and therefore use a lot of ê, ë, etc. An Afrikaans spell check would also help, but I do not find an Afrikaans spell check for Google. Come, Gmail!

  • Like the new features and going to try the new look. One thing that I would like to see is a more simplistic way to filter emails. I still receive emails I thought I had filtered to block or send to a folder. I give up at times because there may be to may too many filtering options.

  • Very good explnation. The new look is great: the snooz botton, and other features. I would like my contacts from my cellular as a backup and as using option, and a possibility to see when my mails are openning and also reading.

  • Could we set it up to open Gmail without having to wait for the animation of the Gmail envelope? It is really annoying to have to wait and have to see it moving before the inbox opens. Thxs

  • This is feedback for you. Whilst you often have very interesting items, you amble too much with words. You even repeat yourself. It is VERY frustrating. Maybe working from a bullet list will stop you from wandering off.

  • Hello, I like  it but one issue that I am having is how to expand my label/folder column on the left from collapsing, I have tried all but it keeps collapsing.

  • only good communist are buried in forgotten graves says:

    The biggest draw back is you can no longer pull all the emails from one sender at the same time to be able to alphabetical or pull them would be helpful

  • Kamil Izmaylov says:

    In all the apps that you describe it would be desirable to add an audio record button so that i could record a voice message + mark it with a certain color which would denote its importance.

  • Making Of the Glitch says:

    Nice video, regardless of how some features look extremely forced and admitting that some of the changes are more different than others.

  • Q: I still don't understand the purpose of the "KEEP" function. What's the difference between Keep and "TASK"? Don't both allow you to make notes to yourself regarding the e-mail?

    You've got one of the BEST demo videos simply because you are using a 'highlighted' cursor / arrow function. For those of us who have eyesight problems like I do. Having, that highlighted arrow feature added to your demonstration makes it real easy to follow the 'action'. Thank you for your consideration in that regard.

  • This is horrible. Several people are talking at once and I can't understyand any of them. Try making a video with ONE speaker.

  • P.S. I have spread the word about your highlighting technique with other content creators. I have suggested to others that they consider doing the same. So, far I think I have passed on this suggestion to about 6 or 7 others. Hope you don't mind. 🙂

    In addition, I forgot to compliment you on the fantastic clarity of your mic and or audio. What are you using for your audio equipment?

  • YouGottaBeKidding says:

    I didn't see that the email text was bigger with the new Gmail. I had to look at videos to show me how to make my incoming email font larger.

  • "To: The @GMAIL Software "Developers",

    Why on Earth has Google interfered with the @gmail program that was working
    so perfectly? With the so-called updated version: (01) I can no longer
    edit my Contacts List; and (02) the names of the addressees in my Sent
    Folder are almost completely hidden. Do the @gmail software developers
    really think these are improvements? Do they properly test before
    launch? I'm sure I speak for many people in pleading for the previous
    version to be restored and a.s.a.p."


    Skype is another program that has been messed up:

    (01) We can't edit our Contacts any more; and
    (02) We can't attach large files any more.

    Please support by sending your own Feedback.

  • I cannot find the fucking spell check… could they possibly fuck gmail up any more? This tutorial is bullshit… they never get to the point (where is spell check) and what the describe doing does not match MY window… jesus!

  • I still use Hotmail (outlook) as my main email, but also use Gmail as my alternate email. I like the new redesign and features and find them easy to use. Great video. Thanks!

  • Don't isolate yourself. There are people who have been through what you might be facing right now and they overcame it. Don't push people away, surround yourself with people who are spiritually mature and get the help that you need. Isolation when you are in pain and don't know if there's a way out is dangerous and that's why we have suicide cases. Listen, there's nothing that you can be facing that God is not able to solve for with God nothing is impossible. Hold on. Jesus loves you.

  • To the person reading this, you are who God says you are. You are made in the image of God, The Creator of  heaven and earth. Because of His love for you and I, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you so that you can have everlasting life and not go to hell. Jesus Christ arose from the dead, He is alive and is the only Messiah, the King of kings, the Beginning and the End. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, invite Him into your heart/life today. Wherever you are, He can hear you for He is everywhere. Remember Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God the Father. Jesus loves you sooooo much so that He gave His life for you. You are valuable…You are loved.

  • Melissa Thompson says:

    I'm trying to figure out how to move an email from my inbox to a client label after using the search features to find specific emails. When I drag and drop the email(s) still shows up in my inbox and has just added another label. I also notice that I don't have the icon with the option to 'move' these emails to labels when selecting emails after searching for them. How can I move individual, or multiple emails from my inbox into a label and have it removed from my inbox and only show in the specific label after finding the email(s) using the search options? I hope this makes sense. Thank you.

  • How about a handy and desireable feature; to delay the email delivery, instead of instant receiving?
    It would allow the sender to compose the mail and send it right afterward but the time for receiving could be choosen when the time is more convenient for the recepient.

  • I DONT like your stupid f'n updates. You must de a Demerat cus you want to change and change and change again. WHY ??? Just leave it along. I am about to drop Gmail and go to a conservative mail provider ….. so there.

  • Nathaniel Burnham says:

    Why doesn't stuff I move from "Promotional" to "Primary" stay in "Primary"? I used to move stuff from PROMOTIONAL to PRIMARY and Gmail would ask me if I wanted future emails from the same address kept going to PRIMARY. Where is it now? What do I have to do instead? Is there anything?
    Can I log into more than one gmail account using the website interface?
    Why do I have to move each email one-at-a-time from a search list? Want to move all emails containing the words "Ron sport movies", a search, to a specific folder or "label", for example.
    How come when I print a PDF from Gmail using Chrome, I can't print double-sided, but I can with Acrobat?
    Please send a reply to me at: nathaniel(dot)burnham(at)gmail(dot)com and send a text to sixohthree-twosixfour-twofoureightnine letting me know a reply has been sent. Thanks, NB.

  • I think all instructional videos could've been shortened, but this one was well done in teaching fundamentals. I have found that people who master things, do so by mastering the fundamentals first. Good job, Simpletivity!

  • ! feature it won't let me send a reply and this new account wiped out my old account who know how many of you lost some 100 of billions of dollar from your old account , Google don't give a shit how many may have lost money or jobs on switching , it would've been better if they asked us first instead going behind our backs as in stabbing it

  • HTML works fine for me imagine ivsaw all this along time ago and imagine the inner battle I would be having mmmm say three or 4 years ago

  • Julian Loo Chia Ern says:

    Hi, Scott Friesen, I love seeing you in your simplitivity presentation this thoroughly of simpletivity quick button features set and boomerang and few name features appendable feature apps hints. So thanks you very much Scott.. about this gmail enhanced support i called for in 2014 May & June. God bless.

  • I like the new Gmail but can somebody teach me how to get the read receipt bcz I dont have it in my right bottom 'more option' tab in new message. Please help.

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