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Google has tweaked its Gmail contacts feature by finally making it easier to navigate and manage.

The Chocolate Factory has also made some minor changes to the interface of the free version of its popular web mail product.

“You’ve asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements like sorting by last name, keyboard shortcuts, and custom labels for phone numbers,” said the company’s Gmail product manager Benjamin Grol.

In effect, Gmail’s previously unwieldy contacts have now been pulled into line with the rest of the cloudy mail service.

Google has promoted its contact list by bumping it up to the top left-hand corner of Gmail – presumably because the company is now proud enough to display it prominently for users.

Changes to the contacts feature include the ability to auto save if a page is closed prematurely.

However, Google is yet to roll out the overhauled contact tool to its Apps customers.

“We’re actively working on making domain-specific features work well in the new interface and plan to make this new version of Contacts available to Google Apps customers too,” said Grol. ®

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