Gmail is making the recipient field much friendlier to use, long after it promised to do so

Selecting who the recipient is becomes much more convenient

The Gmail web application has undergone some changes lately. Check them out and you’ll quickly realize that Google is trying to expand the reach of the messaging service by turning it into a one-stop productivity space. After readying a new Material You-focused look focused on deeper integrations with Meet, Spaces, and Chat, the company will now roll out other visual updates that will help speed up recipient selection.

You may remember last October when Google announced several improvements to the To, Cc, and Bcc fields in Gmail, promising to roll out soon after. That never happened thanks to a slight change of plans to focus on “improving performance” in November.


Now, several months later, those changes are finally making their way with the rollout slated for completion at the end of September, as Google notes with a new announcement.

When these changes arrive, you should see avatars next to the recipients’ names to help you identify them more quickly. A new context menu has also been added, providing an easy way to view a recipient’s details, copy their email and edit their contact name. However, changes will not be reflected in contacts and will only change how the name appears to others upon receipt.

Gmail will also warn you against sending emails to those outside your organization: external recipients’ bullet points will be highlighted in yellow with an accompanying warning banner if you haven’t interacted. with them before. Additionally, the email client will become smarter to read domains attached to recipients’ emails, no longer marking domain names within the same organization as “external”.

Other quality of life improvements include recipients in the dropdown menu that turn grayed out if duplicated, and automatic email address validation – emails with incorrect formatting will no longer turn into bullet points .

As you can already see, most of these features are aimed at organizations. They will therefore be limited to Google Workspace, G Suite Basic and Business customers. Personal Gmail users will have to stick to their usual, not-so-fancy methods. selection of recipients.

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