How to Add a Preview Panel in Gmail

If you are used to reading emails in Microsoft Outlook, or if you like to read emails without needing to switch away from your inbox, then a preview panel can make your life a lot easier.

Therefore you might find some of Gmail’s views to not be as helpful as you would like. Fortunately there are several ways that you can customize the appearance of your Gmail inbox, including the addition of a preview panel. Our tutorial below will show you the setting that you need to change in order to add that panel to your screen.

If you are in an email conversation that has a useless subject, then read our tutorial on how to change the subject line in Gmail and make it more helpful.

How to Add a Preview Panel like Microsoft Outlook’s to Gmail

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in browsers like Firefox or Edge. Note that you will be able to choose the preview panel location. It can either be at the right side of the window, or at the bottom of the window.

Step 1: Sign into your Gmail account at

Step 2: Click the arrow to the right of the Toggle split pane mode button at the top-right of the inbox.

click the toggle split panel mode arrow

Step 3: Select the preferred preview panel layout from the list of options on the dropdown menu. You will be able to choose from No split, horizontal split, and vertical split.

how to add a preview panel in gmail

Does it seem like Gmail is showing too few emails in your inbox? Find out how to increase the number of conversations on a page so that you can see more emails on one page without needing to click through to a different one.

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