How To Make the New Gmail Look More Like the Old Version

How To Make the New Gmail Look More Like the Old Version

Gregory Han
Apr 24, 2012

Any significant redesign of popular services like Facebook or Gmail is going to bring a percentage of naysayers hating change. I personally thought the most recent upgrade to Gmail's UI was a big jump forward, but apparently some people still want yesterday's more information compact (or cluttered, depending upon your perspective) user interface. Blogger Jason Crawford outlines step-by-step how to recreate a close semblance of the pre-redesign Gmail...

The transformation requires the following steps, all which eliminate the more minimalist-open feel of the redesign:

  • Change display density to Compact
  • Change theme to High Contrast
  • Set Importance markers to "No markers"
  • Change Button labels to Text
  • Disable "web clips"

Full step-by-step instructions with screenshots at

Via Techland

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