The new GMail interface has been out for a few days and should have reached the vast majority of browser users by now. The new design features some borrowings from Material You Design, but it also has another very noticeable innovation in its bag that might be a thorn in many users’ side: the messenger bar on the left edge of the screen. We’ll show you how you can easily hide it.
The Google Messenger circle continues to spin and focuses primarily on the communication services Google Meet, Google Chat, and the group tool Google Spaces. Messengers have been an integral part of GMail since the days of Google Talk and are often found optionally within the main navigation. With the new GMail, this changes, providing a sidebar for home users and allowing quick switching between full screen apps.
How to hide the sidebar
Since only a few GMail users outside of the business world probably use Chat and Meet, this is a waste of space and makes the usually highly organized interface even more confusing. To get rid of these things, all you have to do is disable the messaging integrations and the bar will disappear as well. To do this, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and click on “Customize” in the “Applications in GMail” area. In the popup you remove the hooks for both messengers. Now reload GMail and the sidebar is gone.
There’s a good chance you won’t see the sidebar to begin with if you previously disabled Messenger integration.
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