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Google's decision to change Gmail 'compose' feature sparks complaints

March 29, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Google this week made Gmail's new compose tool the default, and many users aren't happy about it.
Google this week made Gmail's new compose tool the default, and many… (Google )

After announcing a controversial decision to shut down its Reader Web feed aggregator, Google is once again drawing heat -- this time for changing the way users write emails on Gmail.

With the change, users now have to compose their email in a new window that pops up on top of the inbox. Previously, users were switched to a new page to write their email.

Google has been experimenting with the pop-up feature since October and says it is faster and simpler than the previous way of writing emails on Gmail.

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"We're now ready to introduce the new compose experience as the default for everyone," Google said in a blog post announcing the change. "We're looking forward to hearing what you think!"

However, many users don't think highly of the new feature. Many have taken to Twitter over the last day to complain about how much they dislike the change and are even considering trying out different email services.

Users can still switch back to the old way of writing emails with just a few clicks. Simply press the "Compose" button on the left side of the screen. When the new compose box pops up, click on the down-arrow icon at the bottom right of the window. Select "Temporarily switch back to old compose."

Google will probably make the switch permanent at some point in the future, but for now, you can enjoy switching back while it lasts.


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