Many email applications, like Outlook, offer you the ability to view your email in the same window as your inbox. This is typically called a reading pane, and it can provide an efficient way to quickly read the messages in your inbox.
If you are a Gmail user that has liked this option in other programs, then it’s possible to enable it for your Gmail inbox, too. Our tutorial below will show you how to add a reading pane in Gmail by enabling a vertical split view for your inbox.
How to Use a Vertical Split in Gmail Inbox
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop browsers as well. Once you make this change, your Gmail inbox will appear with the vertical split on any browser on any computer that you use to check it.
Step 1: Go to your Gmail inbox at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox. If you aren’t already signed into your account, then you will be prompted to do so.
Step 2: Click the arrow to the right of the Toggle split pane mode button at the top-right of the window, above your inbox.
Step 3: Select the Vertical split option.
Your inbox display will refresh, with the reading pane at the right side of the window. If you select a message in your inbox you will see that message in the reading pane. If you don’t like this you can always select the No split option visible in step 3. There is also a horizontal split option, if you would prefer that instead.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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