Google recently announced that the new Gmail “Compose” experience has become the default.
With the new streamlined chat-like design Google is trying to make writing email less fussy and formal. Whilst we appreciate Google’s design goals, the response from users has been quite negative. Even rock bands have been getting in on the Gmail bashing:
anyone else struggling with the new Gmail “compose email from your inbox” function?Not a fan.
Thankfully, with Texbox.io you can solve the major problems that have been introduced with this new design and get a host of new features. Our browser extension for Chrome and Firefox provides a set of powerful writing tools that restore some sanity to the new Gmail Compose.
Problem #1: Compose Window Size and Position
Gmail’s new interface has shrunk the size of the compose window dramatically. Many Gmail users report that focusing in on an important email is nearly impossible.
I detest the new compose in @gmail – Why must I write emails in a small corner of my screen? The center of the screen was just fine, thanks.
Textbox.io overcomes this with a full-screen mode that lets you focus on writing in a pleasant and distraction-free environment. You can toggle the full screen on and off with a quick shortcut (Command + Shift + F) or via Textbox.io’s toolbar.
Problem #2: Extra Clicks to Apply Formatting
Gmail’s decision to bury formatting buttons has also met with some criticism. The ability to format text while writing has been an essential component of writing tools for some time, and users are missing it:
The new Gmail “compose” & “reply” features are making me want to stab people. Smaller window, extra clicks to format or show quoted content.
Textbox.io, again, is a great way to get around this limitation. Textbox.io’s formatting toolbar is where you would expect it on the top the compose window. You’ll have no trouble finding essential formatting commands or how to add images, emoticons or hyperlinks.
We also offer markdown, where you can use a simple formatting syntax whilst typing. This is even faster than using the toolbar. Try typing *word* and see what happens!
Problem #3: Canned Responses Are Harder to Find
Canned responses were a useful Gmail feature for saving and inserting common messages. It can be very useful for sales or support people who often find themselves repeating common emails. This feature is now extremely well hidden. So much so, that most people think it is gone.
Does Gmail’s “New Compose” mean “Canned Responses” is dead? 🙁
With Textbox.io snippets, canned responses are even easier than before. You can save templates or signatures and setup easy short codes that get expanded when you type.
Textbox.io solves the major complaints with the new compose experience and gives you a whole lot more: 9 ways to insert photos, 800 emoticons, 4,000+ typos autocorrected, link previews and much more.
We hope you enjoy both Textbox.io and the new Gmail Compose. We think it is a winning combination that gives you a far better email writing experience than ever before!
Watch our video to learn more about how we can help you with the new Gmail Compose.
UPDATE: the Textbox.io browser extensions have been discontinued. You can continue to use the great Textbox.io features in your own application via the SDK.