How to Set Basic HTML as Default Gmail View

by on January 10th, 2014

Modern Gmail separates incoming conversations and emails into several sections based on their types. Intelligent technology behind the Gmail lets it recognize the origin of incoming messages to sort them into primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections. While a tech savvy user may enjoy the cool responsive Gmail’s interface that presents controls and elements on demand but not everybody is comfortable with all the Javascript, Ajax, HTML5 and CSS3 powered technology behind modern programs. If you use Gmail and want to use classic Gmail view that loads faster, works in most web browsers and is easy for most users, you can use basic HTML Gmail view. You can even set it your default view for Gmail.

You can directly access the Gmail in classic interface by using link below:

When your Gmail interface will switch to the classic mode, a notification on the top of the page will appear notifying you that you are using Gmail in classic view and whether you want it as a default Gmail view or not. Click the link that says: “Set basic HTML as default view” and Gmail will remember your choice.

Basic HTML view of Gmail is simple, straight forward and is what most online community is used to with. But simplified version of Gmail lacks many useful features.

Following are features that are available in only Gmail standard view:

  • Google Docs and Google Calendar
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Integrated chat
  • Composing options such as spell checker, rich formatting, address auto-complete, custom From address
  • Contact management
  • Web clips

If you want a tool to switch between Gmail standard and classic view, Basic HTML Email Toggle for Chrome can help you with that.