Google is constantly working, tweaking and rearranging its products. Sometimes, the changes are small and go by undetected while at other times, they impact how the majority of users work in a major way. The company has been testing a new compose window on Gmail for some time now. First, it offered the new compose as an optional feature that users could switch to if they wanted to give it a try.
Some days ago, Google started to enable the new compose window for all users of Gmail and while some certainly liked how it hovered in the lower right corner of the screen, others may not like that change that much after all.
You may remember that the old Gmail compose window opens up on its own page giving you ample space to write your messages. The new compose window opens up in a smaller screen at the lower right, and while you can click on the arrow sign to open it in a new browser window instead, it adds another step to it and opens a second window on the screen.
What many users do not know is that you can go back to the old compose window on Gmail, at least for now. To do so click on the compose button on the Google Mail website. This opens the new message window on the screen. See the small down arrow icon at the bottom right of that window? Click on it and select Temporarily switch back to old compose.
This opens a small popup window on the screen. Select Temporarily switch back and you should be able to use the old compose on Gmail again, at least for some time.
Google notes on the screen that it will remove the old compose eventually and there is not really anything you can do about it. For now though, you can use the old way of writing emails.
I would not get my hopes up to high but maybe there is a chance for Google to reconsider the permanent removal of the compose option if enough users switch back.
Update: Google has removed all options to switch to the old compose window on Gmail. It has effectively removed the old editor from the service so that you are stuck with the new one, regardless of whether you like it or not.
Update 2: If you are using the Google Chrome web browser, you can now install the Fix Gmail Compose extension as it restores the old compose interface on the site. Firefox users can use Restore your Gmail settings instead.Advertisement
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