. . . so why did you “fix” it, Google?
I’ve used gmail since the days when it was called Google Mail, and you needed a special invitation to join. Apart from a time when a brief but catastrophic lapse of attention on my part allowed my system to be hijacked, so I was locked out of my email, it has served me well over the years.
Two years ago, Google started messing with the gmail interface, but it was possible to change back to the more usable format temporarily.
But now, the change has been made permanent – and as a consequence gmail has become unusable.
Principle among the unwanted changes is the removal of scrollbars from the user interface (see above). So it is impossible to scroll down the list of received emails – essential, if you get as many each day as I do – but since there are no scrollbars inside received emails, they cannot be read past the bottom of the screen either.
Why do people do this? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! And gmail certainly didn’t need fixing.
Google isn’t the only offender in this regard. Microsoft’s removal of the START button from Windows 8 has probably held back acceptance of the new OS and the newer versions of MS Office lack some of the features long-tyime users have come to rely on (though third parties have stepped in quicjly to remedy these “fixes”).
MS have recently “upgraded” the long beloved Hotmail, which is now called Outlook.Org. Lo and behold, they have removed the button to refresh the inbox. I repeat:
Why do people do this?
As with Windows 8 and Word 2010+, there’s a third-party solution, which you can find here:
Unfortunately, this didn’t give me back the scrollbars. Nor does it revert to the older version of the “compose” window, which no longer displays buttons for links etc.
For the time being, I’m using the Mozilla Thunderbird email app to read my email, but that’s only a temporary expedient.
I want my gmail back, Google!
If anyone’s organising a petition to the GoogleNazis, asking – nay, DEMANDING that they give us back the old and better ways of doing things, they can put my name down.
“Where do I sign?” as the old song used to have it.
- Google retires the classic Gmail composition interface: How to make the new one more usable (pcworld.com)
- Gmail Opens Drop 18%: Are Tabs to Blame? – Litmus (litmus.com)
- Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the New Gmail Tabs (getresponse.com)
- Google uses the new Gmail interface to serve users spammy inbox ads (venturebeat.com)
- Changes in Google mail: why you should care, even if you don’t use Gmail (auntiekate.wordpress.com)
- Gmail begins placing ads in your inbox (news.en.softonic.com)
- Gmail to kill old compose interface, roll out pop-up design to everyone (engadget.com)
- Gmail expands pop-up UI to everyone, kills old compose interface (neowin.net)
- Google Gmail privacy policies challenged (kansascity.com)