New Gmail is a pain? Know how to switch back to old Gmail view

    Not liking the new updated Gmail view? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to switch back to the old Gmail view.

    By: SHAURYA TOMER
    | Updated on: Sep 05 2022, 13:45 IST
    In Pics: Gmail users can send secret emails! Here's how
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    1/7 Gmail users can send and open secret or confidential mails! Gmail provides a secret mode to its users to send and open email in order to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. You can send messages and attachments secretly via iPhone, Android, iPad or computer as well. You can use confidential mode to set an expiration date for messages or revoke access at any time too. Notably, recipients of the confidential message will have their options to forward, copy, print, and download disabled to ensure full secrecy is maintained. (HT_PRINT)
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    2/7 It can be noted that although confidential mode helps prevent the recipients from accidentally sharing your email, it does not prevent recipients from taking screenshots or photos of your messages or attachments. Also, recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may still be able to copy or download your messages or attachments. (Unsplash)
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    3/7 How to send, open secret email and attachments via computer: If you are using Gmail with a work or school account, you need to contact your admin to make sure you can use confidential mode. On your computer, go to Gmail and click on Compose. In the bottom right of the window, click Turn on confidential mode. (Pixabay)
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    4/7 Set an expiration date and passcode. These settings impact both the message text and any attachments. If you choose "No SMS passcode," recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly. Recipients who don't use Gmail will get emailed a passcode. (Bloomberg)
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    5/7 If you choose "SMS passcode," recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure you enter the recipient's phone number, not your own. Then click Save. (Pixabay)
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    6/7 For sending or opening secret email on iPhone, Android phone, tablet, iPad, you need to open the Gmail app and tap Compose. Then in the top right, tap More and then Confidential mode. Turn on Confidential mode. (Pixabay)
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    7/7 Set an expiration date, passcode and other controls. These settings impact both the message text and any attachments. If you choose "No SMS passcode," recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly. Recipients who don't use Gmail will get emailed a passcode. If you choose "SMS passcode," recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure you enter the recipient's phone number, not your own. And tap Done. (Yogas Design/Unsplash)
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    Google has redesigned the Gmail view with a fresh new look but you can still go back. Here’s how to switch back to old Gmail view. (HT_PRINT)

    Google started rolling out the refreshed Gmail in February, bringing a new UI and added a host of new and exciting features. This major Gmail redesign has drastically changed the whole outlook of the Gmail Inbox. With this update, Google has condensed the Meet, Spaces and Chat apps in one place. 

    Gmail update: What's new 

    According to Google, the refreshed Gmail allows users to view Google apps integrated into the Gmail main menu. Specific app menus are also featured in a collapsible panel on the side. You can directly access Chats from the chat tab where you can access group or individual chats.

    Google has also brought the chat bubble feature where a chat bubble pops up whenever you get a new chat notification. You can preview the message directly from the bubble before deciding to respond to it.

    Although this feature currently gives users the option to opt-out of the new look, it is possible that this is only temporary and Google might not allow users to go back to the old look after a certain period of time. Therefore, it is advised that if you do not like the new UI, then you can opt-out of it.

    How to opt-in to the new Google view

    1. To opt-in, ensure that the Chat option is enabled in Gmail and is set to the left-side panel.

    2. At the top right, click on Settings.

    3. Under “Quick settings,” click Try out the new Gmail view.

    4. In the new window, click Reload.

    How to opt-out to the old Gmail view

    Step 1:

    Alternatively, you can also opt-out to the old view. 

    Step 2:

    At the top right, click on Settings. 

    Step 3:

    Under “Quick settings,” click Go back to the original Gmail view.

    Step 4:

    In the new window, click Reload. 

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    First Published Date: 23 Aug, 13:53 IST
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