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1:10 pm on Sep 28, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Gmail finally forced the new update on me last week. I'm one of those who generally resists change unless functionality is missing for me, and it wasn't missing in what I wanted from gmail email service. All of the new features and layout and the fact it's more like a control center and such just did not do it for me. Confusing, stuff I don't want or need clutters everything, basically I feel herded into accepting stuff in there that I don't want because they want me to get used to it... bleh!

When I read an email and see pre-made single-click responses waiting for me based on what G thought would be a good response... too far(for me, some may like it).

Then I found the nuclear option, this wonderful little button at the bottom of the page that says "basic html". Perfection! The basic html version simply lists the emails in order they were received, does not embark on complcated trees, does not work them as conversations... just good old emails sorted by date in a super clean and uncomplicated 90's layout.

I love it. I was literally begining to look for a new email service after the forced update, I dislike it that much, I pray they never remove the "basic html" version or complicate it in any way. Maybe I'm old, but I don't want a huge increase in functionality for things I don't want or need. Simple is better! I even love the full page reply box built into the look without a seperate popup box... is it just me or is the basic html version the new cat's meow ?
1:19 pm on Sept 28, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I can't see a button with "basic html" on it. You're special!
2:12 pm on Sept 28, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Google has sent me emails telling me I need to come in and update my gmail account. Good to hear about what they have in mind. Thank you for the advance warning. I usually get my gmail via an email client rather than visiting the site, so I've been ignoring it.
4:15 pm on Sept 28, 2018 (gmt 0)

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To see basic HTML view you can learn how here - [support.google.com...]

A link in the "switch views" section will let you see the basic html view used on your account. If you like it(or just don't like the newest layout) Google has a "make html view your default view" option at the top of your inbox in html view, which I clicked. Another way to see the html version is to visit gmail with an unsuported or outdated browser, and from there set it to default which can only be done when you're in html view.

They should call it the "throwback view", it looks like gmail of old. HTML view does not support the following features so if you need one of these the basic HTML version isn't for you...

    Chat
    Spell checker
    Keyboard shortcuts
    Adding or importing contacts
    Custom "from" addresses
    Rich formatting


It says adding or importing contacts is not supported however I was able to do both.
 

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