How to quickly bring back the old look of Gmail

Not a fan of Gmail’s new look for the web? I feel you. Although the changes implemented were small, that side panel with apps like Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet has cluttered things up, making checking emails first thing in the morning more daunting.

Sure, you can make things a little easier on the eyes by hiding the Gmail category and tag panel with a few quick tweaks. But if you’re also not a fan of other changes, like the new light blue background of the Compose button that distracted me, it’s actually quite easy to go back to the old interface. (Well, at least for now. After all, we’re not sure how much longer Gmail will allow users to revert to the old design, so let’s enjoy the luxury while we can.)

How to bring back the old Gmail design

  • Go to gmail.com in your browser and log in to your account.
  • In the far right corner, you will see the Quick settings gear symbol near your Gmail account icon or company name. Click on it.

That’s the Quick Settings gear, which you need to click on.
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  • Once you do that, you’ll see a small rectangular menu pop up to the side, with text that says, “You’re using the new Gmail view.” Below that, click Go back to the original view.

Click “Return to original view”.
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  • A dialog will appear asking why you are reverting. There, she can pour her heart out about how much she hates the design, or just get on with her life, ignore it, and click. Recharge.

You can rant and then click “Reload”.
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Whoops! You are done and everything should be back to normal. However, if you suddenly change your mind right after going back to the old interface, you can also go back to the new one just as easily.

How to get back to the new Gmail design

After logging in to your gmail account in a browser, click the Quick settings gear symbol in the upper right corner.

Once again, you will see a small rectangular menu, but this time, with text that says: “You are using the original view of Gmail.” Click on Try the new view of Gmail.

Click “Try the new Gmail view,” which I’ve highlighted in light blue here.
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Another box will appear, but this time it won’t ask for your opinion. Just click Rechargeand you should be ready to go.

Click Recharge.
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