In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to use the new Gmail sidebar, which gives one click access to the Calendar, Google Keep for note-taking, and the Task list.
- [Instructor] A new feature of Gmail is the sidebar all the way on the right-hand side. With one click, you can access your calendar, Google Keep, which is a note taking app by Google, tasks and add other add-ons directly to the sidebar. Let's click the calendar icon. In one click, it will open up a little pop out window to which you can navigate through your calendar day. I can see the current date and use the next and previous buttons to go throughout other days.
I can jump to somewhere in the future or the past by clicking the down triangle at the top of the view and going directly to a date. I can even add a new calendar appointment right from here by clicking in the date and time slot. From here I'll click Save on the bottom of the screen and my appointment's been saved. I'll close out of the calendar by clicking the x on the top right-hand side and then I can go into Google Keep, which is a note taking app.
I can include text, list, images, even audio recordings. I'll click take a note and I can start typing. I'll click Done and the x and let's go into tasks. Google also comes with a complete task list for me to use. I can click inside, type my task, hit the Enter key on my keyboard, and my task is created. If I click the pencil icon next to the task, I can edit the details right from here and even add a due date which will get added to my Google calendar.
I'll click the x again and let's click Get Add-ons. This is where I can browse the G Suite Marketplace to view some other add-ons that I can put in the sidebar. Some are free, some cost money, but I can go through and browse for something that looks interesting or useful to me. Here is Dropbox for Gmail in which in one click, I can access all my Dropbox files right from that sidebar. I can click on anything that looks interesting, navigate through some screenshots, and if I like it, click Install.
I'll click the x to close out of this. And the last thing that we could do to change the way Gmail looks is change the theme. This is just something fun that Gmail gave us. I'll click the gear icon and choose Themes. It's going to let me browse a theme library in which I can find an image or a solid color that I like. When I found one, I click on it and instantly the background changes. It doesn't change the body of Gmail. You'll see that I can still read my email clearly.
It's just the border around it that gets that picture. If I like it, I can choose Save. Otherwise, I can go back to the default Gmail theme by clicking Default. I'll click Save on this. And that is how you can use the sidebar to customize the way Gmail looks.
- Changing themes and inbox types
- Composing and sending messages
- Replying to email
- Inserting images and attachments
- Labeling and filtering email
- Searching for mail
- Adding additional email accounts to Gmail
- Creating contacts and contact groups
- Initiating text and video chats
- Creating autoresponders
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Accessing Gmail on a mobile device