Skip to main content

This new ChatGPT feature could greatly expand usability

ChatGPT is a simple, straightforward application. It’s an empty box to type into, and not much more.

But according to AI enthusiast Rowan Cheung, some ChatGPT Plus users have reported that a new feature is being tested and will be rolled out that will add some ways of narrowing down your prompts to get a response that’s a bit more targeted.


Some ChatGPT users are reporting a new mini toggle helper.

This will allow users to prompt ChatGPT much faster, and could be the start of prompt templates 👀

— Rowan Cheung (@rowancheung) March 29, 2023

In the video posted by Cheung, you can see a drop-down menu with simple actions as ways of tweaking the results provided. You can clarify, exemplify, expand, explain, rewrite, or shorten. It’s not hard to see how this kind of a menu would allow you to pinpoint the exact kind of result you’re aiming for.

These kinds of tools are features we’ve seen Microsoft experiment with on its Bing Chat tool, which is also built on OpenAI’s large language models. You can select from different tones, formats, and lengths — as well as choose between its Chat, Compose, and Insights panels. Even beyond those options, Bing Chat gives you the broader choice of Creative, Balanced, and Precise modes, which make them easier tools for a beginner to use. Microsoft has a similar way of tweaking responses built into its Bing Image Creator and other Microsoft Office Copilot implementations.

However, these types of menus and options can also start to feel like they limit the creativity of the user. Being able to ask the AI to do anything is what makes it quite so powerful.

There’s been no indication so far if the new drop-down menus are going to be a permanent feature of ChatGPT Plus — or if it’s just something OpenAI is currently testing.

Editors' Recommendations

Luke Larsen
Senior Editor, Computing
Luke Larsen is the Senior editor of computing, managing all content covering laptops, monitors, PC hardware, Macs, and more.
Zoom backpedals, says it will no longer use user content to train AI
A woman on a Zoom call.

Like everyone else, Zoom has added AI features to improve its app and videoconferencing service. We all love the ease and speed AI provides, but there are often concerns about the data used to train models, and Zoom has been at the center of the controversy. It's backpedaling now, saying it won't use user content to train its AI models.

News leaked in May 2022 that Zoom was working on emotion-sensing AI that could analyze faces in meetings. Beyond the potential for inaccurate analysis, the results could be discriminatory.

Read more
GPT-4.5 news: Everything we know so far about the next-generation language model
ChatGPT app running on an iPhone.

OpenAI's GPT-4 language model is considered by most to be the most advanced language model used to power modern artificial intelligences (AI). It's used in the ChatGPT chatbot to great effect, and other AIs in similar ways. But that's not the end of its development. As with GPT-3.5, a GPT-4.5 language model may well launch before we see a true next-generation GPT-5.

Here's everything we know about GPT-4.5 so far.

Read more
Newegg wants you to trust ChatGPT for product reviews
AI-generated review on Newegg's website.

Newegg, the online retailer primarily known for selling PC components, has pushed AI into nearly every part of its platform. The latest area to get the AI treatment? Customer reviews.

On select products, Newegg is now showing an AI summary of customer reviews. It sifts through the pile, including the review itself and any listed pros and cons, and uses that to generate its own list of pros and cons, along with its own summary. Currently, Newegg is testing the feature on three products: the Gigabyte RTX 4080 Gaming OC, MSI Katana laptop, and Ipason gaming desktop.

Read more