Hate the Gmail Redesign? How to Switch Back to Classic Gmail
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Google’s big email redesign is finally here and it brings with it a lot of powerful new Gmail features 5 Powerful New Gmail Features You Need to Start Using Right Now 5 Powerful New Gmail Features You Need to Start Using Right Now These new Gmail features from the Gmail redesign will help you manage your email better, faster, and with less hassle. Read More 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.

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.

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.

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:

  1. Launch Gmail in your browser and click the Settings button.
  2. 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.

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  1. Su
    August 20, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the help of getting back to the previous look.
    I also felt lost in the new look.

  2. Thomas kk
    August 20, 2018 at 12:53 am

    the level of condescension in this article is rather large. The assumption is that this new format is the new benchmark of ''good practice''. Furthermore; that it is better. I fundamentally disagree.

    My inbox is a tool. I have learnt to craft my tool to suit my needs. Google has deemed it suitable to re-craft my tool to suit ??'s needs. I want a tool that meets my efficiency targets, not a tool that attends to an external set of priorities.

    In short, the redesign sucks - philosophically; technically (it is SOOO slow); and visually. On this last point, a screen space is a haptic space. A visual haptic, but nonetheless somatically driven and orientated. The redesign clearly arose from a bunch of male tech fundamentalists who have not encountered a rose garden in a while. I hope they find one soon. regards, Thomas

  3. Pam J
    August 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you so much!!!

  4. Jeanette Hanscome
    August 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you so much for this helpful post! I am visually impaired and don't see in color, so I have a hard time adjusting when the look of something changes. The new Gmail did not cooperate with the high contrast setting on my computer (I noticed that it HAD a high contrast theme, but many of the buttons didn't show up.) I just switched back to Classic Gmail and my day is saved.

  5. Philip Tingley
    June 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Not averse to good change, I am in IT. Yes as someone commented an email client is usually a much better route to go; however, sometimes you can't use that or just not worth the extra hassle.

    That being said I have found the new interface to operate much slower than the "Classic" interface. Tried it, think it is too cumbersome at this point, switching back. Maybe in another year if they streamline it. Hopefully they won't ditch the "classic" interface anytime soon and just leave it as an option.

    Besides slower response other main issue happened several times trying to open an email - get a message stating that the conversation can't be loaded...Worked on the "classic" version.

  6. BAS
    June 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I don't hate the redesign, but all of my diligently saved and organized older emails that were put in folders in the old version have disappeared in the new version. Where did they go? How do I get them back. This won't work if I can't access these older emails.

  7. SJ
    June 7, 2018 at 9:03 am

    THANK YOU!!! for the help in going back to Classic Gmail.
    *I wasn't given the option of NOT having it!*

  8. Maya Ray Chaudhry
    May 30, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I am lost, can't find my Task folder which is more important than even the mails. Please can you switch me back to the original version.

    Thanks

  9. LisaMV
    May 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    I thought all was lost, after going round & round & round with no success...

  10. infmom
    May 1, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Just use an email client. Much more efficient and you're insulated against stupid random changes to Gmail.

    I personally stick with Eudora even though it hasn't been supported for a long time. It's still the best I've found. Thunderbird is more up to date and also works well.

  11. SnowFlake816
    May 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

    So glad I'm not the only one who hates the new Gmail

    • Miroslav
      May 29, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Not only hate - I cannot back to Classic - THERE IS NO OPTION IN TOOLS !!

      • Kumbi Chiweshe
        July 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

        Me too - I don't have a settings button and now cannot change my email signature :((((((((