Gmail change angers users

Gmail has revamped the way in which users write emails

Gmail change angers users

The world’s most popular email client, Gmail, has revamped the way in which users write emails. Drew explains the benefits and how to reverse the change.

The online email client landscape has changed drastically in the last few years with Gmail overtaking Hotmail as the number one most used email facility in the world. Hotmail reacted earlier this year by completely changing their layout to make it more in-line with Gmail. Gmail responded this week by changing the ‘compose’ feature from opening in a new page, to a windowed box on the same page.

Benefits of the new ‘Compose’

  • The user can compose an email while having any other email open behind for reference. 
  • Simple design
  • No need to load a new page

How to switch back to the old ‘Compose’
Start by opening your Gmail account
On the left-hand side, click ‘Compose’
At the bottom right-hand corner of the current window, click on the downward facing arrow.
From the drop-down window, click on ‘Temporarily switch back to old compose’.
A pop-up window will ask you to confirm this. Click on ‘Temporarily switch back’

Experts are predicting that while Gmail has forced each user to use the new feature, they will allow both versions to remain in place for a large portion of time, or even indefinitely. 

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    Thai Traveller
    11th Apr 2013
    I don't like the new set-up at all, and have changed back to the older version for writing email.
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Apr 2013
    I'm with you masuk. The new system is hopeless and is lot more difficult to navigate in my opinion.


    1.Small compose window which makes is pretty useless when trying to edit an email if forwarding it.

    2. Email client list only offers four alternatives out of the complete list when composing an email to a client. This means if the client's name does not appear in the first four, you need to remember what the following letter in sequence might be, and often the third and fourth letter of the email client's address to bring it up.

    Gmail seems to have fallen into the old trap of changing things just for the sake of change. They need to be reminded that - 'if it ain't broke, then don't fix it!''

    3. Why oh why do they hide the damn tool bar - now at the bottom and out of sight?
    26th Apr 2013
    I can no longer get into my Gmail--it was allowing me in for 30 days then I had to jump through hoops to try and get on again--I have not been able to use for 6 months or more --others don't seem to have that problem ???

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