How to activate the reading panel of Gmail to obtain a classic user experience

That Gmail reinvented email to a certain extent, no one should doubt it, since since it appeared on the scene the Google service has led the segment with all of the law- And there it continues, even though the competition has improved in many cases even almost -I leave it almost, although there will be all kinds of opinions- stand up to it.

Among other innovations, Gmail popularized the conversation mode, a breath of fresh air when it comes to receiving and processing received messages. Similarly, many people are so used to way in which Gmail (also Outook or other services with the same system) does things, that any change can confuse them. Many other people, however, will disagree with this.

And it is that anyone who is used to using more classic style PC email clients, and who says classic, also says current, because that’s how they continue to be used (without going any further, that’s how modern clients like Mac Mail itself look), the opposite will happen: they will not be completely comfortable in Gmail. What side do you belong to?

It does not matter what you have answered, whether you are from the Gmail camp or from the classic mail clients, the web interface of the Google service allows you to configure it according to your tastes, even if it seems otherwise by default. In fact, it is common even among veteran Gmail users not to have noticed these basic options, no matter how visible they are.

The latter is as it is: open Gmail, click on the cog icon to display the quick settings and right there, at the bottom, you will find the reading panel option. By default, the option “no division” is checked, which you can toggle with a view with the reading pane to the right or below the inbox. Trying costs nothing.

Gmail Reading Pane

This is what the Gmail reading panel looks like (the first time you activate it you will have to restart Gmail)

In case you’re wondering, yes, the reading panel has its advantages, such as power quickly open received messages without going in and out of them. Also, while positioning the panel to the right is commonplace on modern widescreen devices, the panel below it used to be (and can still be, depending on your monitor setup).

In short, you may be interested in knowing the Gmail reading panel, if you did not already know it. And if you consider this to be a very basic “trick”, that’s because it is. This is MC Basics. You are welcome!

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