Google Tweaks Gmail Design, Improves Contacts Interface

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In case you hadn’t noticed, your Gmail looks a little different today. Google has tidied up the overall interface and added prominent Mail, Contacts, and Tasks links in the upper left corner along with a big "Compose mail" or "New contact" button depending upon which feature you’re using.

And speaking of contacts, Google has overhauled that section entirely, adding keyboard shortcuts, the ability to sort by last name, custom labels, automatic saving, and more—all laid out in a recent company blog post.

The changes have been rolled out for Gmail.com users but not for those using Google Apps for custom domains. Google says it’s "actively working on making domain-specific features work well in the new interface and plan to make this new version of Contacts available to Google Apps customers too."

gmailthumb If you want to hide the new Contacts and Tasks links, you can do so by hovering over the "Mail" link and clicking the little minus sign that appears on the right-hand side.

Google has also pointed out that the new smaller header area at the top of the page has resulted in showing "the first message in your inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen than before."

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