Give Gmail an Outlook-like preview pane

Helpful tips

Want Gmail to have the same preview pane you are used to from Outlook? Click the gear icon in Gmail and then click Settings.

Gmail gear icon

Gmail settings

Click the Labs tab across the top of the settings page and look for a lab called Preview Pane. Click the Enable button next to Preview Pane and then click the Save Changes button to return to your Gmail inbox.

Gmail settings - Labs

Gmail Labs - Preview Pane

Gmail Labs - Save Changes

Near the top right of your Gmail inbox, just to the left of the gear icon, a new preview pane drop-down will appear. Use this drop-down menu to select between No Split, Vertical Split or Horizontal Split.

Gmail Preview Pane - Split