Today Google announced that you can now add labels and stars while composing a message using Gmail’s recently released pop-up compose view.

Previously, when drafting an email, the compose box would take over your entire screen. The new-ish view pops up over your Gmail inbox, similar to a chat box, allowing you to draft a message while still being able to keep an eye on incoming emails.

Gmail labels, if you’re not already using them, help you organize your messages into categories, similar to folders. But unlike static folders, you can add more than one label to a message. Stars are used to mark important messages or as visual reminders to follow-up on an email later.

To access either of these features, click the “More options” menu in the bottom right corner of the pop-up compose view. Once the menu appears, hover over Label and you’ll have the choice of applying a label, creating a new one, or adding a star.

This update is far from life-changing, but it could be handy for people who spend a lot of time in their inboxes. Now you can do everything you need to do before sending an email so you can quickly move on to the next task.

[Via: TechCrunch, Image credit: Claire S.]