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Both GMail and Google Drive are changing (or have already changed) the way they look, also known as its “user interface”…


Making the switch:

  • In GMail, currently, you can CHOOSE whether or not to update your user interface by clicking the gear and selecting “Try the new Wellesley Public Schools Mail” [You can also switch back to the “classic GMail,” but likely you will eventually be forced to the new GMail with no option to switch back.]
  • Your WPS Google Drive automatically switched to the new user interface sometime last week – this is/was not a choice nor can you switch back!

While the changes in Google Drive are mostly “cosmetic”, there are some new features in GMail to call your attention to:

    1. A new, right-hand Sidebar allows quicker access to Calendar, Google Keep & Tasks
    2. Smart Reply ​might ​suggest ​responses based ​on ​the ​email ​you ​receive. ​To ​save ​time, select ​a ​response ​(edit ​it ​if ​you ​want), ​and ​send your ​reply.
    3. Take action on an email directly from the inbox (without “opening” the message).  Quickly ​archive, ​delete, ​mark ​as ​unread ​or ​read, and ​snooze ​email ​from ​your ​inbox. ​Point ​to messages ​in ​your ​inbox ​and ​choose ​an ​option.
    4. If ​you +​mention someone in the body of your email ​with ​a ​plus ​(+) ​or ​at ​(@) ​sign, ​Gmail automatically ​adds ​them ​to ​your ​email ​as a ​recipient.
    5. Use the clock icon to Snooze ​email ​until ​exactly ​when ​you ​need ​it. ​The email ​moves ​out ​of ​your ​inbox ​and ​opens ​again ​at a ​time ​you ​choose.
    6. GMail will now “Nudge” users to reply to emails they may have missed and to follow up on emails for which they haven’t received a response.

For more detailed instructions about these new features, and others, check out the following:

GMail Logo Google Drive Logo
Learn What’s New in GMail Google Drive UI (User Interface) Updates
Cheat Sheet Google Drive Learning Center
GMail Learning Center
Top 6 Things to Know about the New GMail

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