All you need are the credentials to log in to Gmail to enable the preview pane.
By default, Gmail doesn't use a preview pane. For some, this isn't a problem. But for users who prefer to have the preview pane so when you click on an email it opens the missive in a separate pane, there is a way to enable this somewhat hidden preview pane feature.
This can be done in any Gmail account. All you need are the credentials to log in to Gmail. Let me show you how to enable this feature.
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Enable the feature
- Once you log into Gmail, click on the gear icon and click Settings.
- In the settings window, click the Advanced tab and then click to enable the Preview Pane feature.
- Once you've done this, scroll down and click Save Changes.
- Back in your Inbox, you should now see a new Preview Pane icon with an associated dropdown. Click that dropdown and select between No Split, Vertical Split, or Horizontal Split.
Now, when you click on an email in your inbox, the email will open in a preview pane, so you can read it and act accordingly. You can switch between the Horizontal, Vertical, or no split, whichever suits your working style.
Did you think Gmail was limited in the ways it can display your inbox? Well, now you know it's not. Enjoy that preview pane.
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