Google’s big email redesign is finally here and it brings with it a lot of powerful new Gmail features that will probably make most people want to use it right away. But not everyone feels that way. If you’ve switched to the new design and feel lost, you can just as easily switch back.
Update: Google has removed the option to go back to the classic Gmail interface.
New vs. Old Gmail Interface
The redesign is a sleek, cleaner version of its predecessor. It also makes it easier to access your calendar and tasks right there in Gmail without having to open another tab in what is probably already a pretty crowded browser.
— Gmail (@gmail) April 25, 2018
That said, not everyone is going to love the new redesign. Part of it simply comes down to an aversion to change. No matter what the changes may entail, there will always be a group of people that understandably prefer to stick with the older version. They know where everything is, it works for them, and they just don’t have a need for the new, flashy features. Not to mention that this is the biggest overhaul Gmail has seen in years.
Does anybody know of a way to turn off the "BOLD ALL THE THINGS" setting on the new gmail? Really exhausting to read
— rustipedia (@rossipedia) April 30, 2018
How to Go back to Classic Gmail
If you’re among those who were cringing when Google announced the redesign earlier this month, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to actually stick with the redesign.
If you’ve tried out the Gmail redesign and you want to retreat to the comfort of your classic Gmail interface, it’s just two clicks away:
- Launch Gmail in your browser and click the Settings button.
- Click Go back to classic Gmail.
That’s it. You’re back in the old interface… for now. Google hasn’t made it clear how long you’ll be able to stick to the classic interface, but for the time being, you can keep things just the way they are.
For more, check out how to fix common Gmail annoyances with Chrome extensions.
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