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Customize Gmail

You can customize the web interface of your Gmail account. This answer provides instructions on how to alter some of the most common customization settings. For these instructions, please log in to your Gmail account. If you do not know how to log in to your Gmail account, please see our instructions on how to Access Google Apps.

Display Spacing

You can customize how close together your information is spaced. Follow these instructions to alter your display spacing.

Settings

  1. Click the 'Settings' icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Choose Display Density

Comfortable - most spread out.

Cozy - items slightly closer together than 'Comfortable'

Compact - items have little space between them

Inbox Configuration

You can customize the way your inbox is configued or organized. Follow these instructions to configure your inbox.

Settings

  1. Click the 'Settings' icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Click 'Configure Inbox'

Choose Configuration

  1. Choose which tabs you would like to be available in your inbox.
  2. Click save.

Themes

You can customize the background of your email. Follow these instructions to change the background of your email.

Settings

  1. Click on the 'Settings' icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Click 'Themes'

Select Theme

  1. Select your theme. There will be many themes available to you. If you would like, you can also upload a photo.
  2. Click 'Save'

Labs

You can customize the view of your inbox and some of its functionality. Follow these instructions for changing its view and/or its functionalities.

Settings

  1. Click the 'Settings' icon in the top right corner of your screen
  2. Click 'Settings'

Labs

  • In the menu bar at the top of the Gmail window, click 'Labs'

Enabled Labs

  1. Under 'Enabled Labs', you will see the labs currently in use.
  2. To disable any of these, click 'Disable' on the right side.

If the lab is enabled, the 'Enable' circle will be selected.

Available Labs

  1. Under 'Available Labs', you will see the labs not currently in use that are available to you.
  2. To enable any of these, click 'Enable' on the right side.

If the lab is disabled, the 'Disable' circle will be selected.

Other Customizations

Google allows many other customizations through Gmail settings and Chrome Extensions. For help on these other customizations, please see the Google help center.

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