Starting October 3, Google is rolling out the new look of Google Docs and Sites. The new look design focuses on highlighting your content with cleaner and more prominent menus, toolbars, and action buttons.
If you’re still not ready for the new look you can revert to the Classic look, via Help > Use the classic look. The classic look will be supported for at least a few more weeks.
Now you can display Google Docs charts in your Google Sites pages by going to Insert Menu and choosing Charts in the edit mode. You can choose from either a Live view of the data when the page is generated or from a Snapshot of the graph data from a particular time slice.
Ever wish that you could view your list of Gmail messages as well as see the content of an individual message? The Gmail Lab "Preview Pane" provides this functionality; click on the image below for an example. This works especially well when you have lots of screen space.
To enable this lab:
Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your Gmail window and choose "Mail settings".
Click on the "Labs" tab and search for "preview pane".
Click the "Enable" radio button to the right and then click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page.
Along with Gmail and Google Calendar, you can now try out the new look for Google Docs. To do this, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the Google Docs page and select "Try the New Look".
There's a slightly new look to the top menu bar of Google Gmail, Docs, and Sites in Google Apps for Education. The navigation links at the top left corner of the page are now more button-like. And the top right links for getting to Settings, Help, etc. have been rolled under a gear icon.
In Gmail, the left menu has been "cleaned up" to make it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks. You can also hide the Contacts and Tasks buttons by clicking the "-" sign to the right of "Mail". And now there's a more prominent "Compose Mail" button. This results in a smaller header area that put the first message in you Inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen than before. For more information, visit: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/updates-to-contacts-and-slightly-new.html