With the new Gmail for web now widely available for everyone, Google is now adding more exciting updates and shortcuts to consolidate its leading position among email providers. On Tuesday, Gmail added new compose formatting and download options to the web version.
Three new features have now been added to the email service. These include, shortcut to undo/redo in the compose window, shortcut to strikethrough text, and ability to download messages as EML files in rfc822 format from Gmail on the web.
Undo/redo: this shortcut is being added to enable you to undo an action. If for instance you accidentally delete the content of your draft, of an email, you can undo this straight from the compose view. A redo option has also been added to complement the undo option.
Strikethrough: to allow for quick and efficient composition of emails, a strikethrough option is also being added to Gmail. Strikethrough according to Google, is a “visual cue that something has been completed or can be used as an edit suggestion.”
Download as .EML: this format, which is recognized by other email clients, allows you to view the Gmail content along with attachments within these clients. In addition, with this functionality, you can now add these downloaded messages as attachments in your emails.
To get started with the new compose formatting, simply click on the formatting menu in the Gmail compose window just as displayed in the screenshot below:
For the new download format, simply open the overflow (three dot) menu and select “Download message.”
Last August, Google launched the ‘Undo Send’ feature on the Android version of the Gmail app same way you do on the web version. That took a while because that same feature was already a part of the web version.
Version 8.7 of the Gmail app will let you cancel a sent message if there is an urgent need for that. As expected, there is a timeframe for this, which means you won’t be able to undo a sent message after a specific period.
When you send an email you will receive a notification at the bottom of your screen, which allows you to cancel the message before it is sent. Doing so, however, will return you to the draft screen for the applicable email.
You will be able to undo a sent email even if you choose not to cancel it. For on-net messages [Gmail-to-Gmail], Google can have it pulled back for you. However, this does not apply to third-party email services as email recall is only applicable within a short period, and that is before the email is actually sent. Once you hit the ‘undo’ prompt, the email will no longer be sent and the recipient will not see the email. At this stage, Google returns you back to the compose screen for the undone draft.