As a Gmail user, you must have noticed some new changes to Gmail interface recently. Here is our analysis on these changes. At the end you will find workaround for now missing “Search The Web” button from Gmail interface.
1. Assigning Labels is easier now
As highlighted in below screenshot, you can now search, create and assign multiple labels easily. Moreover, while searching you can enjoy auto-completion now.
You may also want to use colored-labels feature of Gmail. You can also use labels to auto-filter emails as per your preference.
2. Moving emails also become easier…
Those who are new to Gmail or its labeling concept, sometimes wonder where are folders in Gmail. You can think of labels as special folder. You can move emails to these labels easily now.
Move to and Labels may seem similar but there is a difference. If you assign labels, conversation still remains in the inbox but when you move it, it gets archived automatically.
3. Better “More Actions” menu
Only thing could be done better is adding “Create a document” option into more actions menu. If enabled, “Create a document” option show up on extreme right side which go unnoticed because of ads.
4. Missing Search the web button
Gmail used to have “Search The Web” button which is now removed in this new interface. Our reader Vish is disappointed as…
this (“Search The Web” button) helped us not to open a browser window and type www.google.com. for the search. It also gave the luxury or not going for CTRL+T/ CTRL+N for opening a new window
Update: Gmail brought “Search the web” button back now. (05 March, 2009)
Personally I never used that button but those who were using it can now, use CTRL+K (only Firefox) to directly switch focus to browser’s search box. You don’t need to open any window/tab, neither do you need to use mouse!
Above shortcut is for Firefox only. Figure out similar shortcut for your browser. You can also check top 10 Firefox shortcuts.
Link: Official Gmail Blog post