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How to customize your sidebar

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Your sidebar is where everything lives! Customize the colors displayed for your emails, add helpful descriptions, and change the style of the sidebar itself. Check out our quick tips below to make your sidebar work for you! 🤩

Changing your sidebar size

Shift has three options for your sidebar size: Default, Medium, Large, and Expanded. To change your sidebar style, simply right-click anywhere on your sidebar and select the style you want. Additionally, you can do it from the settings panel by going to Quick Settings (upper right corner) scrolling down to "Sidebar size" and choosing the "Expanded" option.

Changing your theme

You can choose from Dark, Light, or Auto (changes according to your OS). Learn how to change your theme here.

Changing your Workspace display settings

  1. Right-click on the Workspace you'd like to edit  
  2. Click Edit Workspace 
  3. Type in an account name. This name will appear above your email address when you hover your mouse over the Workspace
  4. Click the Change Color icon on the right-hand side to change the border color for your account

Note: If you already have a photo set in your email settings, Shift will grab that photo and display it for you in the sidebar automatically. If you don't have a photo set in your email settings, your email will appear with a letter (the first letter of your email address) in a colored circle.

Changing your app display settings

  1. Right-click on any app in your sidebar and select "Edit App" to open the Edit Application menu
  2. Choose a color and set an account name

When you set a name, this name will appear when you hover your mouse over the app in Compact and Standard views, and display fully when in Expanded view.

How to Hide the Sidebar

  1. Head to Quick Settings at the top right corner
  2. Scroll down to "Sidebar"
  3. Choose "Open" to show the sidebar, or "Closed" to hide it. You can also click on the sidebar view option at the top left corner of Shift to show/hide the sidebar

If you hide the sidebar while you have the "Autohide" option turned on the sidebar will appear if you hover over the left edge of your Shift window.


What's Next?

Learn about more tooltips and tricks here.

Discover answers to frequently asked questions here.

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