How to Switch to Compact View in the New Gmail

If it seems like Gmail isn’t showing enough emails in your inbox, then you might want to change how that content is displayed.

There are three different options you can choose from, including one which will show more emails on your screen at the same time.

Our tutorial below will show you how to switch to Compact View in the new Gmail if you would prefer a minimal display for each of the messages in your inbox.

How to Use Gmail’s Compact View

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the gear icon.
  3. Choose Compact under Density.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to switch to Compact View in the new Gmail, including pictures of these steps.

Your Gmail inbox can display your messages in a number of different ways.

You can have separate tabs that automatically sort emails by type, you can choose to show a lot of email messages on one screen or just a few, and you can even choose whether or not to show preview text for your emails.

One popular display option in Gmail, however, is called “Compact View.”

This reduces the amount of space that each email takes up in your inbox, allowing you to see more of your emails on your screen at once.

Our tutorial below will show you how to switch to the compact view option in the new version of Gmail by changing an option called “Display density.”

How to Change the Inbox Display to Compact View in the New Gmail (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other modern Web browsers like Firefox and Edge.

This guide assumes that you have already switched to the new version of Gmail, meaning that you no longer see a “Compact” option when you click the gear icon.

The steps below will show you where to find the compact view setting in new Gmail.

Step 1: Sign into your Gmail inbox at

If you aren’t already signed into your Gmail account, you will be prompted to do so.

Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window.

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Step 3: Select the Display density option.

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Step 4: Select the Compact option at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.

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Now that you know how to switch to Compact View in the new Gmail, you will be able to show even more messages in your inbox at one time.

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