Gmail rolled out it’s new look for almost everyone today and I’m sure many of you, who are like me must be thinking: how to get old Gmail look back. Somehow, despite of neat and clean look of new Gmail interface, I prefer the old Gmail look.
Probably, I’m use to that or may be in new Gmail I found readability to be less. Anyways, new Gmail look is probably here to stay but for me, I’m ditching the new look and moving back to old classic Gmail look.
Getting back old Gmail design:
I assume, you are already promoted to New Gmail design and now there is no option in settings, which will let you change the theme to old design. Even, I started searching from the Gmail settings, and couldn’t find much apart from theme tab where we can select different Gmail themes including HD themes.
Thanks to Google forums, it pointed me in the right direction: Login to your Gmail account and I assumed, you are already using new Gmail theme. Click on Gear box which will be on the mail navbar. (as shown in image). Click on “
Revert to the old look temporarily”. (Gmail new design is now permanent, see new solution below).
When you click on Revert to the old look temporarily, Gmail will ask you to give a feedback about the new look or you can directly hit the revert back to old Gmail look and you will get back old Gmail design.
I’m not sure how long Gmail is planning to keep old Gmail as an option, but till the time Gmail retire old design completely, you can use this trick to revert to old Gmail design.
If you ask about my opinion on new Gmail design, I would say it looks clean but reading and finding Email from new UI sounds like a task to me. For now, I’m happy with my old Gmail look, hopefully Gmail will come up with such changes, which will be accepted by everyone.
Update: The temporary method doesn’t work any more and here is another work around to get old Gmail look back. You need to Install an extension for Chrome or on Firefox.
Depending upon your browser, once you have installed this addon, head over to this userstyles.org page and install this script. Once done, reload your Gmail account and you will see old Gmail interface is back. This script basically modifies the style and CSS of Gmail and work only on system where you have installed the script. Anyhow, I find this useful than using new Gmail which is somehow not getting into my good list because of look and design.
What’s your opinion on new Gmail design? Would you be bringing old Gmail look back or you going to stick with new look? Do let us know your reaction about new Gmail design?
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