Facebook messages start looking more like e-mail

The social network rolls out some changes to its messaging system that include on-page previews, easier search and keyboard shortcuts.

This is an example of the new look for Facebook Messages.
This is an example of the new look for Facebook Messages. Facebook

Facebook released some changes to its Messages feature designed to make it easier to see new messages and to search for them, moving the interface a bit more toward a traditional e-mail service.

Messages and preceding conversations will now open up in a scrolling pane to the right of the Messages inbox menu instead of opening up in a whole new page, the company said in a blog post. A new search box at the very top of the inbox lets users quickly search on a name or keyword from there.

"You can also bring conversations to life with multiple photos and emoticons," the post says. And Facebook also has added keyboard commands for faster navigation.

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