Learn how to customize Gmail's new interface, quickly add events to your calendar, transfer money with one click and more.
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Think you're proficient with Gmail? Google is routinely adding and testing new features to help you be more productive and get the most out of the service.
Most recently, Google launched a complete redesign of the Gmail interface, replacing its one-column email view with multiple inboxes that sort your mail depending on whom it's from: your contacts, social networks or retailers.
From how to customize this new inbox to quickly transferring money, here's a look at five new Gmail features that will help you get work done.
1. Customize Your New Inbox
Gmail's new interface, which is still rolling out to users, automatically sets you up with five inbox tabs: primary, social, promotions, updates and forums. If some of these are useless to you, you can easily remove them.
To customize the look of your new inbox, click the Settings button at the top right of your screen. Then, select "Configure inbox." On the form that pops up, uncheck the tabs you want to remove and click Save.
2. Add Events to Your Calendar From Gmail
If you use Gmail to coordinate events or meetings, adding them to your Google Calendar is now a lot easier.
Dates and times in emails sent to you are now underlined. Hover over one to preview your schedule and change the date, time or title of the event. Then click "Add to Calendar" to confirm and add it to your schedule. The entry in your calendar will include a link back to the original email to make referencing the details easier.
3. Transfer Money From Google Wallet Using Gmail
If you need to reimburse a friend or add money to your kid's checking account, doing so is as easy as sending an email. This new feature is also still rolling out to users. You'll know you have it when a ($) button is added to the Gmail compose window.
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