Easily revert back to Gmail’s Old Look from New Cool Interface

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In last week, Google (again) revamped its Gmail interface and made it like an app interface. It looks like a Web 2.0 application using HTML 5 and is somewhat close to Gmail app on Android Tablets.

Every new drastic change in anything that we’re comfortable with or have accustomed with, is more likely to get discarded easily. Gmail too is not an exception here. Many users did not upgrade to this new, cooler Gmail look fearing that, they might not be able to revert back to older user interface.

I did enable it but after using for almost a week – But, I felt the need of reverting back to older & dearer Gmail. Because, this new version is heavier in browser and page-scroll is not smooth enough. It requires that extra bit of milliseconds for mouse to complete a task (I guess, you’re getting what I am saying, right? :P)

So, for everyone who wish to see this new look yet need an option of reverting back OR for all those who are not liking Gmail’s new interface – here is how you can revert back to old Gmail.

  • Go to Settings icon (gear). The one which is below your Google account avatar.

Easily revert back to Gmail's Old Look from New Cool Interface

  • Click on it & select options from the drop-down where Comfortable is a default choice. Try changing to Cozy or Compact options to see if you like them. Or simply select ‘Revert to old look temporarily’

Easily revert back to Gmail's Old Look from New Cool Interface

  • Confirm the same in next pop-up

Easily revert back to Gmail's Old Look from New Cool Interface

Voila! You’re done. :)

Its nothing like I have discovered a new galaxy or something that sort – but just wanted to share this with everyone as I know, there are many people who didn’t know about it and there are few, those hate Gmail new look.

Though, reverting back is temporary and Gmail will anyway force us with a new interface in trying to have more responsive design – we can at least hope to get an interface that has a mass-appeal to it when launched.

Since this new UI change is in Beta stage, let’s go back to older look while Gmail team is working on delivering more improved version.

I am sure… we would like the newer version when it’s out from testing phase.

Update #1

Google has just started (December 8, 2011) rolling-out NEW GMAIL LOOK as default. If you’re not happy with this new UI then its still possible to turn that OFF as mentioned above. I just tried it.

Update #2 – April 19, 2012

Google, again started rolling-out the new look in various countries from last couple of days. I received few emails from readers about, not being able to see ‘revert back to old look’ option under the settings icon.

We’re getting about more than 1000+ people coming to this particular post to be able to get back the old interface & Google should understand from this is – users are not happy with the new look. It still needs a lot of improvements & should be lightweight.

I too, reverted back again two days ago using the same method mentioned above. So, for any reason – if you cannot seerevert back to old look as an option – I am afraid, that it won’t be possible for your account anymore.

Below is a latest confirmation of using an old look in Gmail.

Easily revert back to Gmail's Old Look from New Cool Interface

Update #3 : Give your suggestions to Google

You can post your suggestions to Google through Usability Survey here. Let Google know what you think or how you can help improve user experience.

Update #4: The change is permanent!

Recent Gmail look is probably permanent for people can’t see above options. We have to stick with it no matter, we like it or not! I suggest on using Compact style & works neat.

Update #5: Disable New Compose

Gmail recently updated accounts with new compose screen & reply boxes with revamped inline-UI. You can disable Gmail new compose temporarily. However, this transition will soon be made Permanent for all users very soon. You can read how to enable and disable Gmail’s new compose.

Hope this helps.

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  • IEZZIMATICA

    Dear users,
    plz ck out that site if u wanna revert 2 da old GMail interface (only 4 FX n Chrome based browsers):
    http://techie-buzz.com/how-to/revert-old-gmail-interface.html?utm_source=inpost&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=gmpush3
    Right now it’s the only available way 2 get it back.
    Rgds.

  • IEZZIMATICA
  • scottofc

    I believe you have to actually OPEN an email message FIRST before the gear will display the option to Revert back is shown.

    • TechZoomOrg

       @scottofc No, i don’t think so it is mandatory. May be for some it may work that way :) – not sure as of now since I can see the gears icon above messages in inbox

  • LouisDennisLakiAjik

    when im click on my gear icon no “revert to the old look temporary” anybody can advice me..plsss

    • TechZoomOrg

       @LouisDennisLakiAjik You can’t see ! Can you share a screenshot of the same like above? I was able to see this two days ago & reverted back to old look again :P

  • Robert_Rowshan

    Thanks Tushar but I don’t see the option there anymore! it seems we’re stuck with this horrible UI
     
     
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    • TechZoomOrg

       @Robert_Rowshan i am not sure why you’re not able to see any option. it’s right there even now. i hope you can see a ‘gear’ icon on right-hand side above your inbox > a click on that should show you few options… & choose ‘revert back to old look temporarily’i did it yesterday again. :)

  • maret0mar

    new look ugly

    • TechZoomOrg

       @maret0mar indeed. its very bad!

  • onetimecomment

    Fail! The avatar and settings icons are NEXT to each on the top of the new Gmail interface.

    The settings icon only gives me three icons:

    Mail settings

    Mail help

    Labs

    Mail help was no help

    The Mail settings gives me a new tabbed interface with 12 tabs

    General

    Labels

    Accounts and import

    Filters

    Forwarding and POP/IMAP

    Chat

    Web clips

    Labs

    Inbox

    Offline

    Themes

    Buzz

    I cannot find Revert to the old look anywhere!

    • TechZoomOrg

      @onetimecomment I can still see this option to disable new look.

      • scottofc

        I’ve read this same thing elsewhere on the Internet that we can opt out and revert back but apparently Google has removed this option completely now. I was FORCED to change to the new format yesterday; there was not option to “try later” as has been the case. All the little gear has now are two options; mail settings and mail help. Now what? I usually like to try new things but this new User Interface sucks; they even removed the “Search the Web” button! What a poor upgrade, losing features instead gaining them; someone at Google needs to be shot (just kidding, just fire them)!

        • billhewins

          @scottofc I found this option by opening an email. Once inside the message the settings button described above appeared.

        • scottofc

          MANY THANKS to you “billhewins”; opening a message first does in fact bring in those options into the little gear drop-down – Awesome!!! Why does Google have to be so sneaky?

        • TechZoomOrg

          @scottofc hehe… Google don’t want us to dislike new Gmail & make us get used to it no matter what!

          I am not liking the new look much. Its sluggish and is not as snappy as the old (current) one..

    • kalyan

      @onetimecomment

      Hai, I understood ur frustation, actually there are two “setting” Buttons on the page, you might have clicked on the Top one, if you see the screen shot above, there is an other button below that within the page, you need to click it…….

    • maret0mar

       @onetimecomment removed old look – forever,  
      new look –  is terrible Gmail version…
      https://plus.google.com/u/0/107047796519061210494/posts – page Sarah Price, from Gmail team
       
      http://news.techeye.net/software/google-to-angry-gmail-users-we-know-better 
       
       

    • maret0mar

       @onetimecomment removed old look – forever,  
      new look –  is terrible Gmail version…
      https://plus.google.com/u/0/107047796519061210494/posts – page Sarah Price, from Gmail team
       
      http://news.techeye.net/software/google-to-angry-gmail-users-we-know-better