Q. I tried to get used to the new Gmail web design, but I just don’t like it. Can I go back to the old one?
A. For the time being, Google is keeping around the previous version of Gmail on the web, and you can revert to the old look from the inbox screen. Just click the gear-shaped Settings icon on the upper-right side of the screen and choose “Go back to classic Gmail” from the menu.
Before the screen reverts to the old Gmail design, you may be asked to provide Google with your motivation for switching back. This step is voluntary. If you do have a specific reason for not liking the revamped version, you now have a chance to provide feedback.
For those who have switched to the new version but are still getting used to the layout and design, you can modify the look of the window to make it more to your liking. For example, click the three-lined Menu button in the upper-left corner of the Gmail window to show or hide the text labels next to the icons on the left side of the window.
The new Gmail offers three different styles — Default, Comfortable and Compact — that you can use to adjust the way new messages appear in your inbox list. To see which one you like best, click the Settings icon and choose Display Density. To change the background color of the Gmail window, select Themes from the menu under the gear icon.
Choosing Settings from the gear menu and clicking the General tab gives you the opportunity to change more of Gmail’s look and behavior. You can adjust the number of messages listed per screen in the inbox, whether the program can “nudge” you to follow up on certain messages and the amount of time you allow to “undo” a message you just sent — mistakenly or otherwise.
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