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. 

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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