Last week we talked about Gmail’s spiffy new inbox-sorting tabs. Today let’s look at another new feature, one that’s just starting to roll out to users: a full-screen new-message window.
By default, when you click Gmail’s Compose button, you get a window that appears in the right corner of the screen.
Now there’s a new option. In the top-right corner of that Compose window, you’ll see three icons: Minimize, Full-screen, and Close. Clicking that middle one enlarges the window, though the description “full-screen” is a little disingenuous here: you actually get a larger, centered window that darkens the background.
At least, that’s how it appears on my system, which runs at 1,920 x 1,080. If you have a lower-resolution screen, the window may indeed seem closer to full-screen. (Anyone running, say, a 1,366 x 768 display? Hit the comments and let your fellow readers know if the window really is “full-screen,” or still just bigger and centered.)
In any case, I greatly prefer that enlarged Compose window, and want it to appear every time I write a message–without me having to click the aforementioned icon.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make this the default:
1. After you click Compose, look for the little arrow in the lower-right corner of the Compose window.
2. Click that arrow, then choose Default to full-screen.
That’s it! Now you’ll get the big window every time. If you decide you prefer the smaller window, just repeat the process.
Speaking of which, which size do you prefer: big or small?
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.