[SM16 UI] Move Settings (gear icon) to right
Idea shared by kevind - May 9, 2017 at 7:09 AM
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IMO, here's a simple change that would make SM16 more user-friendly:

Move the Settings button (gear icon) to the right side of the menu bar like other email programs (Outlook.com, Yahoo, Gmail) and even non-email programs (SmarterTrack, Internet Explorer, etc.).

Just trying to make SM16 a smooth transition for users from 15.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Agree, however, some of the items that appear in the flyout should probably remain on the left-hand side.
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Agreed, keep News Feeds, File Storage, etc. on the left side with Contacts, Tasks, etc.

Although not sure they need to be in a flyout. There's plenty of room on the menu bar. Why should Tasks have its own icon, but File Storage is in a drop-down?
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Shaun brought up a good point. Why are some icons on the menu bar (Contacts, Tasks) and others are in a fancy flyout/dropdown (File Storage, News Feeds). Why not just put them all across the top as there's plenty of room.
 
If some users don't need all these buttons, give the user (or admin) the ability to turn them on/off with a simple checkbox in Settings.
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I believe we put the core sections on the top bar and the rest in a drop down because it works for desktops as well as mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.).
Larry Duran
Software Developer
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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Hi Larry. When using a mobile device (vertically), I noticed that ALL the the left-side icons are in a dropdown. So that explanation doesn't make sense.

If there's room on the desktop interface, why not show them? Crippling the desktop interface to make it compatible with smartphones is not good. Especially when probably 95% of smartphone users don't even use their browser for email. Thanks, Kevin
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Larry Duran Replied
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Hello Kevin. If you flip the phone horizontally or you're on a tablet it does display just like the desktop and the space is limited. The idea is to find an option that works across different screen resolutions without having to maintain too many different code bases.
Larry Duran
Software Developer
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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People in this forum are complaining about the SM16 user interface. Suggest making a few simple changes (like moving the Settings icon) so it's more like v15. This improves the UI by making it more user-friendly and consistent with other email and web-based systems.
 
Also, what about moving the chat status options (Available, Away, Do Not Disturb, etc.) so they are under the Chat menu? Seems like a logical move. Thanks!
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Hey, just wanted to follow-up on this thread as one of the items discussed above was implemented in today's release:
 
  • Changed: The navigation icons now utilize maximum horizontal space and collapses into a dropdown menu as necessary on smaller screens.
Good suggestion, Shaun, and nice work SM Team! Maybe the other items in this thread could be implemented as well? TIA.
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Saw this old idea with 9 votes and thought it deserved a bump.
A few simple changes like this would help polish the UI in v16 and v17.
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This sub-idea to give File Storage & News Feeds their own icon has been implemented in v16 (Dec-2017 release).
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The forum is quiet, so visiting this old thread to see if it can be implemented in v17.

Who puts the gear icon on the right?
SmarterMail should do it also because that's where people look for it when using email.

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