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Friday, March 29, 2013

Turn off the new compose window in Gmail

Google is becoming as bad as Facebook in forcing people to use things. I didn't like this in October when they began testing it, and I don't like it now. I don't understand why Google is forcing the change. Some of us actually like having a window dedicated JUST to composing an email. It's cleaner. It's neater. It's less distracting. This new "experience" is a joke.

Google will still allow users to switch back to the old compose windows for a while, but it’s not clear for how long. Within no time, we hopefully will see other shells developed that can serve as gateways to Google's GMail. The "new" compose window has been around long enough for pushback to rise - everyone who has used it either hates it or has experienced problems so severe they could no long effectively use GMail on their laptop or desk computer - which may be the real reason for implementing this - the feature has no effect on smartphone or tablet GMail.

If you get switched to the new view but want it back, you can switch back to the old experience, but only temporarily (Click Compose => At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon next to the Discard button => Select “Temporarily switch back to old compose”).

Once again, users are going to be force-fed a feature that is neither needed or wanted. Just another way to make your computer run a little bit slower. For the moment, you can still turn it off, but just like that new blogger interface, soon you won't have a choice. But you will have alternatives, so keep checking back here from time to time (my blog, not this particular post!)

Wanna give feedback? If you do, be sure to mention how much you despise the fact that Google is taking Reader and iGoogle away from you.

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