Gmail Makes It Easier To Get Things Done With More Quick Action Buttons

Saikat Basu 12-11-2013

Gmail has added more “Quick Action” buttons to the inbox which helps you carry out tasks with nothing more than a click.


Quick action buttons were first incorporated in Gmail next to specific kinds of messages. They are located to the right of the subject while viewing your inbox, and at the top of an open message. These time-savers allow you to perform an action in response to the email without opening the said email.

The quick action buttons were introduced in May this year. The first batch included a RSVP button that let you respond quickly to a party invitation without needing to open the invite email. Other buttons allow you to rate restaurants or preview flight information. Google said originally that more buttons will be rolled out gradually.

New contextual buttons have been added just in time for the approaching holiday season. The buttons will allow users to rate and review restaurants and save Google Offers with a single click. The announcement said,

For example, you can rate and review restaurants you ordered from on Seamless and even modify OpenTable reservations—all without opening an email. And for the deal lovers out there, you can conveniently save a promotion from Google Offers with one click, making it easy to find and buy it when you’re ready.

Quick Action

A “View video” button will allow you to interact with services like YouTube and Vimeo. Other context sensitive buttons will appear for emails that share content from Dropbox, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Read more about them on the Google Support Page.


These days we often work from our inboxes and as these buttons will save a few clicks, the collective seconds should add to our daily productivity.

Have these buttons come to your Gmail inbox yet? Are they a welcome touch?

Source: Gmail Blog | Image Credit: FixTheFocus

Related topics: Email Tips, Gmail.

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  1. Victor O
    November 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I've not even gotten tabs yet. Hasn't that feature been completely rolled out already?

    • Saikat B
      November 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Yes, tabs has been rolled out. It should have come to your account by now I guess.

  2. Tonia Green
    November 13, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I quit using Gmail and use my ISP email service. Much faster.

    • Saikat B
      November 13, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Well, if you have ditched Gmail altogether, then these updates aren't any use :)

  3. Sam K
    November 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I don't appreciate these quick action buttons.

  4. Jon Doe
    November 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Easier to ditch this garbage and switch to Outlook.