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How to Switch to Compact View in the New Gmail



In this quick guide we’ll walk you through how to switch to compact view in the new Gmail. Yes, Google recently unleashed a brand new style for Gmail on the web, and some people might not like the changes. Especially now that they’re forcing the new look on users as of late September 2018.

Google’s new look delivers a confidential mode, smart replies, email snoozing and a sleek new design. However, humans are creatures of habit, and the new “Default” view in Gmail with inline attachments and huge white spaces is a big change that you’ll want to change.

Read: How to Get the New Gmail Interface Right Now

Fortunately, there are a lot of options and controls, and that includes switching the display style. This allows you to change how much space each email takes up in your inbox. So, if you don’t like the new style, our guide below will show you how to adjust the Gmail view to the compact setting.

How to Change the Inbox Display to Compact View in the New Gmail (Or Comfortable View)

Whether you’re in Google Chrome or some other browser, the easy steps below work anywhere. Plus, they’re saved to your account and will stay no matter what device or browser you use moving forward.

  • Step 1: Open Gmail by going to
  • Step 2: Sign into your account if you aren’t already
  • Step 3: Click the gear-shaped settings button near the top right of your inbox and tap on Display density

  • Step 4: Now, choose Comfortable or Compact View and hit OK

You’ll instantly see a difference in the preview as you tap the different modes, so choose what you want and hit OK. Now, you can see more messages on a single page and don’t have all that white space for attachments and images cluttering up the inbox.

Personally, the comfortable view in the new Gmail is best for me. This way each email isn’t taking up too much space, but they’re not so close together that it’s hard to read. Using Compact View in Gmail was too compact for my liking but to each his own.

Other Details

It’s worth mentioning that there is a temporary “Go Back to Classic Gmail” option at the top of the setting menu. That way you can revert to the old style if necessary. That said, we’re not sure how long Google will offer the old look.

If you’re struggling with the new Gmail use that for now and feel right at home. We’ll update this article if anything changes. While you’re here, learn how to schedule emails in Gmail, use these tips and tricks, or try these Gmail alternatives for Android.



  1. Dean

    09/26/2018 at 9:05 pm

    Only came to see if you had a solution to revert back..

  2. Dean

    09/26/2018 at 9:06 pm

    Published 5 hours ago on 09/26/2018 and already obsolete…

  3. Rich

    09/28/2018 at 9:39 am Note that this will take you back to the first version of gmail that was all html. You may need to be logged in for this to work

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