In Gmail's new UI, is there a way to prevent the "label list", or whatever you call it, from automatically collapsing whenever I'm not hovering over it with mouse/trackpad? This is what I mean (here shown collapsed):

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I find it annoying to have to hover over a quite small area, in this case the "Starred" text, to be able to see & click on my labels and stuff like Sent Mail, Drafts, and All Mail.

I looked around in Settings, but didn't find anything that affects this. (In case this is some kind of bug, I'm using Chrome on a Mac.)

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Hover over the line under Starred. Upon hover, three little dots will appear (see screenshot below). Click on it/them and then drag downwards.

Normal state:                            Hover state:
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  • Thanks, the solution was closer than I thought! I guess I didn't notice the little dots or expect that part of the UI to be so "desktop-like".
    – Jonik
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:15

This solution will not work if you have the Display mode set to Touch Enabled, which may be the case if you have a touch screen display or a hybrid/convertible machine. Change it to one of the other settings and sanity will be restored.

Touch Enabled Settings


Try this... Select "show" or "hide" See what will happen.. enter image description here

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