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How to hide Google Meet and Chat sidebar in Gmail?

In early 2022, Google introduced a new Material You-inspired look for Gmail on the web. This new design started rolling out to everyone in June 2022. It features a new sidebar that takes up more space. You can hide it.

The new layout adds a specific sidebar for shortcuts to other Google services that are somehow related to Gmail. These shortcuts include Gmail, Google Chat, Spaces, and Meet. If you don’t use these additional services, the sidebar just takes up horizontal space.

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New sidebar in Gmail.

To disable this new sidebar, head to Gmail in a desktop browser like Google Chrome and click the gear icon in the top right.

Next, select “Customize” under the “Chat & Meet” section of the menu.

Select “Customize”.

Deselect “Google Chat” and “Google Meet”, then click “Done”.

Gmail will ask you to reload the page and when it returns you will see that the new sidebar is gone. You find the traditional sidebar with all the Gmail folders and filters.

New Gmail without the sidebar.

That’s all there is to it! Google loves using Gmail to promote its other productivity tools. These services might be really useful to you, but you might not want to see them appearing in Gmail all the time. Luckily, it’s easy to hide shortcuts, and you can do the same on Android, iPhone, and iPad.

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