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Switch Back To Old Gmail Contact Manager

Recently Gmail rolled out a new interface for all it’s users, however, unlike earlier, they haven’t provided a prominent option for users to switch back to the Old Gmail contact manager or interface.

Also See: How To Switch Back to Old Gmail Interface

The new interface includes an enhanced contact manager and some enhanced visual changes. However, change does not go down very well with many people, and unlike other email providers, Gmail does provide an easy way to switch back to the older interface.

Switch Back to Old Gmail Contact Manager

In order to switch back to the old Gmail contact manager interface or completely get rid of the new Gmail contact manager, scroll down to the bottom of the Gmail webpage and click on the "older contact manager" link to switch back to the old Gmail contact manager.

Yes, it was as simple as that. So if you had problems with the new Gmail contact manager click the link and you will be taken back to what you like. Have fun.

Switch Back to Old Gmail Interface

*See updates at bottom to find more ways to restore Gmail Interface

Recently Gmail rolled out a new interface for all it’s users, however, unlike earlier, they haven’t provided a prominent option for users to switch back to the Old Gmail interface.

The new interface includes an enhanced contact manager and some enhanced visual changes. However, change does not go down very well with many people, and unlike other email providers, Gmail does provide an easy way to switch back to the older interface.

Switch Back to Old Gmail

In order to switch back to the old Gmail interface or completely get rid of the new Gmail interface, scroll down to the bottom of the Gmail webpage and click on the “older version” link to switch back to the old Gmail interface.

Yes, it was as simple as that. So if you had problems with the new Gmail interface click the link and you will be taken back to what you like. Have fun.

Update: Clicking on the older version link takes you back to a very old version without support.

Though completely switching back to the old interface is not possible yet, you can use some scripts to get back some of the old Gmail interface back. Please note that Greasemonkey scripts will work out of the box on and with the Greasemonkey add-on on .

If you are using , Internet Explorer or Safari, read our earlier guide on how to run Greasemonkey scripts on Opera, IE and Safari.

Tools/Scripts to Get Old Gmail Interface Back

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Remove Remove Left Menu – This userscript will remove the tasks link from the sidebar and only retain the Mail and Contacts link. it also compacts the left menu to use lesser space and removes unwanted CSS from it. Download the userscript.

More scripts will be added once we come across them.

Update 11/02/2011: Learn how to switch back to Old Gmail Interface in the newest update from Gmail.

Update: 04/20/2012: Check out a new way to restore Old Gmail Interface using a Stylish script.

Gmail Gets New Contact Manager and New Look

Gmail has finally got a new contact manager, which is 100 times better than the earlier one. The new contact manager is fast and easier to use, and is definitely a welcome change to one of the best email services available online today.

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I have been a Gmail user for a while now and to be frank, managing contacts was definitely a pain. The older contacts interface was mediocre at its best when compared to how powerful Gmail in itself was. However, that is now a thing of the past as Google is rolling out a new contact manager for all Gmail users starting today.

Gmail Contact Manager

The new contacts manager has a more prominent link as seen in the first screenshot above and will also work pretty much like Gmail works, fast. The new contacts manager now supports , sorting by name, custom labels for contact fields, ability to undo changes you made and automatic saving just like Gmail compose among other things.

In addition to the contact manager changes, Gmail also sports links to Mail, Contacts and Tasks in the top left and displays a Compose mail button instead of a text. There is also some screen estate recovery thanks to the reduction in the header area. However, Google has also made it a bit painful to select messages by removing the links and putting it into a dropdown.

Overall these changes are pretty good and make Gmail the best free email service out there. The new changes to the Gmail contact manager and overall email layout will be rolled out to all users in a phased manner.

(Official Gmail Blog)

Enable Google Multi Sign-in Feature

Google has been recently testing multiple account sign-in, which would allow users to sign-in with multiple accounts to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Sites and Google Code without having to sign-out of an account.

Google Multiple Account Sign-In

This feature has now been rolled out to users in phases and can be used to access multiple Google accounts. If you have not yet enable Google Multi Sign-in Feature, here are some simple steps for enabling the Google Multi Sign-in feature.

Step 1: Go to your Google Accounts Manage page (clicking on the link will take you there)

Google Multiple Sign-In Edit

Step 2: Click on the Edit link next to Multiple sign-in listed under Personal Settings. If you do not see the link it will be rolled out to your account shortly.

Enable Google Multi Account Sign-in

Step 3: On the Edit page, select the radio button next to "On – Use multiple Google Accounts in the same web browser." and then make selections from the checkboxes below after you have read the details. After you have done that, just click the "Save" button.

That’s it, you will now be able to check emails, calendar, docs and more from multi-account using a drop down provided at the top of the screen. If you want to add another account, just click on the down arrow key and click on the link which says Sign in to another account and then provide your login credentials to it.

If you want to disable the multiple account sign-in in Google, just follow the same instructions. However, in Step 2 click the Radio button next to "Off – Use on Google Account at a time"

This is definitely one of the most useful features I have seen with Google or any other service because it takes out the hassle of managing and maintaining several different accounts.

Gmail Introduces Drag-and-Drop To Save Attachments

What makes Gmail so powerful is the simplicity and usability of features, no matter how small they are. Recently added to the list is the drag-and-drop feature to save attachments from your Gmail to your desktop. Instead of clicking on Download, each time you want to save an attachment, just drag and drop it to its destination folder.

Gmail already allows users to drag-and-drop files in to their Gmail to add as attachments, a feature that saves a lot of time when you have to attach multiple files to an email. While the feature is not a game changing one, it definitely is a re-assurance that Gmail is working hard to give more power and  efficiency  to the users.

On the other hand, Hotmail has been trying to hard to win over some hearts by rolling out a set of new features and new looks to its 350 Million users world wide. There are definitely some features that make Hotmail slightly better now bur are they good enough to make Hotmail stand up against Gmail, what do you think?

Google Testing Multiple Account Sign In

I have several Gmail accounts for various reasons, now checking multiple account emails through a browser can be quite a pain since you have to sign in and sign out to access those accounts. However, Google is testing a new feature which will allow users to sign-in to multiple accounts at once.

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The new Multiple account sign in works with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, , Google Sites and Google Code, however, Google may add support for different sites too.

Multiple Sign in will allow you to open different Google accounts in different tabs and you might not have to open another browser for it. This is definitely a great feature and I am eagerly awaiting it’s release since it will definitely increase my productivity. What about you? If you cannot wait for the feature to come out, you can try out the Gmail Notifier for which notifies you whenever a new mail arrives in your Gmail account and supports multiple accounts.

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Gmail Gets Rich Text Signatures.. Finally!!!

Gmail is one of the best webmail solutions available today, and it has been adding tons of features through and other means. However, one of the most wanted thing missing in Gmail was Rich Text or HTML Signatures which would allowed users to add HTML text or images to their email signatures.

Gmail Rich Text/HTML Signature

If you have been missing that feature, here is something to cheer about. Gmail has officially announced that users will be able to add Rich Text/HTML Signatures to their outgoing messages. To change your Gmail signature to use Rich Text, just visit the settings page and scroll down till you see the Signature option.

You can use the Rich text editor to insert images, hyperlinks, quotes and also format it to your liking. Once you have set your new signature just save your settings and the signature will be appended to your outgoing emails. You can also set different signatures for different accounts you have set up with Gmail.

More Gmail Problems: Never Stops Loading For Some Users

GmailLast month, we reported that Gmail was being unbearably slow for a small subset of users. The problem came to our notice after Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of Duck Duck Go, complained about Gmail’s sluggishness.

It seems that Gmail problems are raring their ugly head once again. One of our commenters pointed out that Gmail has been practically inaccessible to some users for the past three days. According to this thread on Google’s official support forum, Gmail perpetually displays the “loading” prompt and fails to open any mail. Here is a typical description of the problem offered by changk05:

Also for me started after July 4th weekend. The problem remains despite 4 different computers with different versions of IE, and a mac as well. Installing Chrome did not work. Can’t open messages. Can’t forward messages from list view. Can’t get into settings. Please fix.

Although most of the affected users started encountering these problems after the 4rth July weekend, some users have been experiencing difficulties for more than a week. Let’s hope that Google will fix the issue for everyone, and having a famous blog is not a per-requisite for getting support from Google.

Update: Google has finally responded to the mounting complaints. Here is the response offered by a Google employee:

I am sorry that you are all experiencing this issue. We are working very hard to solve the problem, and I will update you as soon as I can.

While some of the workarounds do not work for everyone, they are worthwhile troubleshooting steps. If you have not yet tried any of the following workarounds, I suggest giving them a try.

1. Clear your cache and cookies (you can find instructions on how to do this in the referenced article)
2. Use the basic HTML version of Gmail by clicking on the link at the bottom of Gmail
3. Use another browser.
If these do not help fix your problem, you can try some of the other suggestions in this thread. In the meantime, please know that we are continuing to work towards solving this issue.

We have also posted this problem on our Known Issues page, where you can report that you are experiencing the issue.

Warning: Highly Critical XSS Vulnerability Discovered in YouTube

YouTube-VulnerabilityIt appears that YouTube is vulnerable to XSS (cross-site scripting) attacks. Details are scarce since this is a breaking story. However, according to preliminary information available with us, it is possible to hijack cookies to gain access to a logged-in user’s Gmail and YouTube accounts.

Although, it’s unclear who discovered this vulnerability, 4Chan users are already trying to actively exploit it. The exploit makes use of PHP, JavaScript, and XSS, and is being spread through comments on videos. Any logged in user who has browsed to an infected page is vulnerable. The best solution is to completely log out of YouTube until this issue has been fixed. If you are worried that you have viewed an infected video, delete all your cookies.

Spread the word to your friends and family members and help them stay protected. We will update you as soon as we learn more.

Update 1: TheNextWeb is reporting that Justin Bieber videos are being targeted in a big way.

Update 2: YouTube has now blocked all scripts from comments. However, video titles are also vulnerable and video responses are now being used to exploit the vulnerability.

Update 3: Google has issued an official statement.

Google Introduces Suspicious Login Protection Across all Accounts

Gmail has a service that checks if a login is made from a geographically different location by checking the IP address of the user. Google has extended this feature to all its services and is providing them by default. The Google public policy blog unveils this feature saying,

A few months back we launched a feature in Gmail that notifies you when our servers automatically detect suspicious log in activity on your account. Since this has been effective in helping people identify improper access, we decided to extend it to all our Google Account users, not just Gmail.

Now, if a suspicious login takes place at any of the Google service, a warning will be displayed on your Google account dashboard.  The same page has an option to change your password immediately. However, many users have opinionated that the feature should display messages right into Google services instead of displaying it on a separate dashboard page.

Another feature that was added was a reporting system that could report for problems in the dashboard. This will go a long way in keeping Google users secure. Given the number of hack attempts Google accounts have been having, this will go a long way in keeping Google users secure.