Gmail View- Basic HTML or Ajax Version

If you use Gmail and you’d like a simplified interface that doesn’t use AJAX, loads fast and works well in most browsers, try the basic HTML view. Gmail links to this version at the bottom of the page, but you can also access it if you go to

Until recently, Gmail didn’t have the option to set the basic HTML version as the default interface and you had to bookmark its URL or click on the link from Gmail’s footer. Now there’s an option to always go to the HTML version, every time you load Gmail.

Please keep in mind that the simplified version lacks many useful features:
* integration with Google Docs and Google Calendar
* keyboard shortcuts
* integrated chat
* composing options: spell checker, rich formatting, address auto-complete, custom From address
* ads (useful feature?), related pages, tracking packages and addresses
* contact management
* web clips.

Google recommends to use the basic HTML view for slow Internet connections, although you may find it useful when you use exotic browsers or when the standard version doesn’t work. If you change your mind and you want to go back to the AJAX version, click on “Standard View”. Apparently, the standard view loads much faster thanks to some aggressive optimization.

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8 replies

  1. I ended up in your blog throug a link in the blog of Gmail.

    I really like your blog! Visually is very attractive and at least the post about Gmail View was very easy to read (not easy to achieve when talking about tech stuff). Congratulations!

  2. I seem to be stuck on the basic hot mail view,Iwould like to get back to the normal way but I don’t know how to get back to it can you help me please??

  3. @Lara
    Thanks for reading my blog and also your comment.
    Do keep reading my blog.

  4. I cannot load the standard view any longer, and this has been happening for the past week. Someone else seemed to have the same problem ( a while back. I am using Firefox. Any idea why all of the sudden this would not work any longer?

  5. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Protectively!!

  6. @Cico
    Your comment was marked spam along with many others. As far as the shifting between the Standard view and Basic HTML View is concerned- You would be provided with the option on the top of the page. And the standard view requires good internet speed as it involves loading of the AJAX Script Engine.

  7. There IS no option to set as default you can only click load basic html after its allready loaded, or use as you say use a damn link that directs to basic >:(

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