How to Switch to Compact View in Gmail

Last updated: September 4, 2018

Gmail is an excellent free email service that offers almost everything that you might need from an email provider. If you are new to Gmail, however, then you may notice that there are a lot of differences between Google’s email service and the one that you are used to. Over time you may become accustomed to these differences, but there may still be some things you wish were different.

Fortunately many of the settings in Gmail can be adjusted, including the amount of space that an individual email consumes in your inbox. So if you decide that you want to see more of your email messages when you are looking at your screen, our guide below will show you how to adjust the inbox view to the compact setting to achieve this.


How to Change the Inbox Display to Compact View in Gmail (Classic Gmail)

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but will also work in desktop and laptop versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. This setting is applied to your account, so after you make this change it will be applied whenever you view your inbox in a browser. If you’ve already switched to the new Gmail, then you need to follow the steps in this section at the bottom of the article.

Step 1: Open your Gmail inbox at If you aren’t already signed into your account, then you will need to do so.


Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then select the Compact option.

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The change should be applied immediately, and you will see that the amount of space above and below your messages has been reduced, allowing you to see more messages at once.

As mentioned earlier, if you aren’t seeing this option in the section above, then you are most likely using the new version of Gmail. You can use the steps below to switch to compact view in the new Gmail.


How to Switch to Compact View in New Gmail (Update)

Gmail switched to a new version after this article was written, so we have amended the article to include the steps for switching to compact view in the new Gmail.

Step 1: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then choose the Display density option. Note that there is a Go back to classic Gmail option at the top of this menu, if you want to go back to the old version.

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Step 2: Select the Compact option at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.

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