August 2, 2021
gmail quick-access side panel apps

Gmail Side Panel Keep and Tasks Shortcuts coming to Docs, Calendar, and More

The newly introduced Gmail quick-access side panel apps will soon become available on other Google services, such as Docs, Calendar, and more…

Google released its much-anticipated Gmail redesign for the web back in April. With it, came more than a few handy new features. One tool is quick access to Google Calendar directly through the user interface. Another, a snooze option for messages for preset times to resurface hours or days later. Also, it includes smart reply, as well as smart compose. Yet another is a quick-access side panel. It places both the Keep and Calendar apps in a right column for ease of use.

Gmail Quick-Access Side Panel Apps coming to Docs, Calendar, and More

Now, Google will apply that element to other services, such as Docs, Calendar, and Tasks. It’s a great productivity tool which allows users to access apps without having to leave one platform for the other.

It also gives users the power to drag and drop in-between portals. For instance, dragging a Gmail message over to the Calendar widget to create a reminder. G Suite user can access products from Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings to do a few different tasks. This is what Google writes about it on its official G Suite Updates blog post

“You’ll be able to access three G Suite products from Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings:

  • Google Calendar: Quickly reference, create or edit invites.
  • Google Keep: Easily take notes, create lists, and see your other content.
  • Google Tasks: Manage your tasks and to-dos.

You’ll also see the side panel in Google Calendar, where you’ll be able to use Keep and Tasks.”

Here’s a GIF animation of the options in-action:

google gmail-quick-access side panel in action
Credit: Google

The new tools will roll out in the coming weeks to all web users.