Google has launched a restyled compose window in Gmail, and it's a real time saver Gmail users will no doubt be stoked to learn about.

If you've ever had to stop writing an email to go back and check another message, you will quickly realize how productive the new compose window is. Writing and replying to messages now opens a separate compose window similar in look and feel to a Gchat window. Write messages in the compose window while simultaneously browsing or checking other messages in the inbox. 

Anything to Speed Up Email

Previously, one had to save the draft they were working on to go check another email or toggle back and forth between tabs to enable the kind of functionality Google is now previewing. Anyone who has logged into Gmail the past 24 hours will have seen the preview pop up, but if you missed it or dismissed it straight away, here's what you need to know.

Hit the compose button, and turn the new compose feature on by finding the try out new compose experience link just under the search bar. Now rather than taking over the entire screen when writing a message, a small window opens at the bottom of the screen, and as many windows as you want to open will work depending on screen size. 

Shortcuts and Clean Interface

If you've already started a message, and remember you wanted to reply to another message, you can easily start a new conversation without saving a draft or closing your first message. Additionally, the same functions already used are available in the preview with the exception of a few things like emoticons and calender invitations. Those will be made available soon, and they can still be used by going back to the old compose version. 


Refer to items in your inbox and scroll through your other messages all while keeping the compose window open and available.

To get back to the old version, there is a down arrow at the bottom right of the new compose window. The arrow has that option for switching back or accessing the not yet available features. Other familiar features are simply tucked away in the new compose version. It might feel cramped and things might seem hidden at first, however for some. But change is good, and things like a list of recipient options still pop up when a name is entered in the to field.

Other features like text formatting and fonts can be accessed via a sub menu when the formatting options button is pressed. For attachments, there's a new drag and drop feature that defaults to inserting images right into the body of a message. Files can be dragged and dropped as well, but the regular old choose from a menu option is also still available. 

The move is not yet permanent, but will roll out completely over the next few months.