MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (UPI) — Google says a new feature in its Gmail program will allow users to reference the content of other emails without having to close out a message they’re writing.
An email draft a user is writing would remain on top of the main Gmail window similar to a pop-up chat screen but not completely obscure it, allowing the user to access the main window to read and reference previously received messages, Mashable reported Tuesday.
“How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message?” Google said in a blog post describing its “compose and reply” feature. “Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger).”
The new feature gives users the ability to search and monitor new mail as it is received while composing an email at the same time, or work on multiple emails simultaneously, minimizing any of them the user might want to complete later, Google said.
“The new compose is designed to let you focus on what’s important: your message.” Google said. “The controls are still there when you need them but get out of the way when you don’t.”