Gmail's 'Compose Mail' window gets Google Search icon

Google quietly added a new icon in the ‘Compose Mail’ window of Gmail, enabling users to run search queries from within the interface and insert results and URLs straight into drafted e-mails or open chat conversations. This’s an expansion of a Google Labs feature ‘Google Search’. The first iteration of the labs feature added a […]

Google quietly added a new icon in the ‘Compose Mail’ window of Gmail, enabling users to run search queries from within the interface and insert results and URLs straight into drafted e-mails or open chat conversations. This’s an expansion of a Google Labs feature ‘Google Search’. The first iteration of the labs feature added a ‘Web Search’ box next to the main column (left side on the screenshot) that provides much of the same functionality, only you needed to remember to go to the side column to run a search. Now, enabling the feature also adds an icon to the top toolbar in the ‘Compose Mail’ window, where you can also customize colors and fonts for your message, add links and emoticons and more. The icon opens up a search box at the bottom of screen and lets you run a search like you would on regular Google search interface. A small arrow opens up a limited menu where you can paste results, paste URL and send by e-mail (which’s kind of redundant in this case, since you’re already in a new e-mail). If you’ve a chat conversation open in Gmail, you’ll also get an extra option to send search results to your contact.

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