You Can Now Switch Your Gmail Icon Buttons Back To Text [Updates]

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Google has launched a small new feature for Gmail which is going to make a lot of people very happy. If you’re not a fan of the Gmail icon buttons, which are part of the Gmail’s new look, you can now have your text buttons back in seconds.

Gmail’s new look was launched in November, and among other changes such as thumbnails in conversations, new themes and a general look which resembles Google+, Google also substituted all the text buttons for icons. This change caused a bout of negative feedback from users, and as a result, Google has decided to give users the option to choose what their Gmail buttons look like.

So how do you make that happen? All you have to do is click on the cog button, choose “Settings”, and go to the the General tab. Scroll down to find the “Button labels” setting, and change it from icons to text.

Save the settings, and go back to your inbox. Your buttons should all be back to their original text form. Note that if you’re using a Google Apps account, you may not see this option yet. As things tend to roll out to Google Apps accounts in a slower pace, the setting will probably appear within the next several days/weeks.

What do you think of icon buttons? Do you love them, or are you already rushing to change them back into text?

Source: +Gmail

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Comments (16)
  • pc

    TEXT???? I just want a gmail icon on my yahoo HOMEPAGE!!!!
    Is it even possible?

  • Lucy Holman

    What a crying shame to take so much of my precious time to try to find the SEND icon that was taken away from my gmail!!!!!

    And I am not sure I know how to ……….click on COG button. WHAT is a COG??

    I am planning NOW to get a new email account with hotmail or yahoo. Maybe those servers will not take away the Oldies, but GOODIES. It is GREAT to know others have had to same problem. Does google just enjoy mixing up the tried and TRUE??

  • Fixit Mann

    Tried this, the settings were there, saved it and now I have NO icons OR Words at all.
    I even unblocked everything on the page that I previously had blocked with NoScript on Firefox (11) and that didn’t work. So, I guess it’s back to nonsensical icons that are unusable, or nothing. I don’t use the account much for that and other reasons (such as the privacy issue involved with anything Google, for instance, they read the content of my emails and their ads reflected it. NO THANKS)

    • Fixit Mann

      OK I guess it DID work, but took a while to reset. Thanks!

    • Yaara Lancet

      Sounds like an interesting bug, having no buttons at all. :) Glad it worked out at the end!

  • IW

    THANK YOU

    My gmail finally got mandated to the ‘new’ look, ugh, this helps, but I’d still love to see a ‘classic’ theme that is exactly as the old was. I was about to switch to Thunderbird for e-mail.

    What’s that old adage? Oh, yeah……

    IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Yaara Lancet

      LOL, yeah, Google like to keep fixing their interface. They’re not alone in that, too.

      Don’t worry, I had a hard time getting used to the new look at first, but having switched to it when it first rolled out, by now I’ve already forgotten what it looked like before. You get used to it. :)

      Try playing with the display density, the default looks horrible on my monitor, but compact looks great.

    • IW

      Yeah, I did the compact thing and also changed to the high contrast density, it’s workable now, especially with the text tabs.

  • Wayne

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