July 23, 2013, 4:47 PM — Make Gmail Compose Window Full Screen
Here's how you can make the GMail compose window full screen, and how you can keep it that way.
1. Open a compose window in Gmail.
2. Click on the full screen icon in the upper right corner (between the minimize and close icons).
3. Your Gmail compose window will now be full screen.
4. Click the arrow at the bottom right and choose "Default to Full Screen" so future compose windows will appear full screen.
Google Fixes a Stupid Mistake in Gmail
As glad as I am to see this, I'm still a little irritated with Google. We should never have lost full screen Gmail compose windows in the first place. What were they thinking when they took it away? That it added value to Gmail by removing an incredibly basic and necessary feature?
After Gmail's new compose rolled out to everyone in March, many of you sent us requests for features you'd like to see added. We listened carefully to your feedback and as as result, the new compose now offers a full-screen option.
When this option is enabled, the compose window is centered in your inbox and expands to fit on your screen. In addition, the formatting toolbar is on by default. You can click on the expand button in the top right to switch to full-screen or set full-screen as the default by selecting Default to full-screen in the more options menu in the bottom right.
Sometimes I think companies like Google change things solely for the sake of changing them. Then realize that what they did was unnecessary and hurtful for their users. Google has taken its sweet time coming to this realization with the Gmail compose window.
I suppose we ought to be grateful that they ever figured it out.
Read more: CNet