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How can I convert Gmail from standard view to basic HTML view permanently? A while ago there was an option at the bottom allowing me to do so, but now it is gone.

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The direct link to basic HTML view is: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=html&zy=h

From the Gmail help page.

** update: if you sign out (of standard view) then sign back in, a link appears in the lower right while your inbox loading screen is up. Not as convenient as having the link permanently available below your inbox, I agree -- but better than using that awkward direct link perhaps.

Addition to above: Once you are signed into basic gmail using above info, click on the "basic view" option at the top right on your Inbox page. This will convert you to basic permanently, or until you want to change back to standard.

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ui=html is the param that tells Gmail to use the basic HTML layout (ui = user interface). zy=h, I have no idea. – Alex Mar 15 '12 at 19:33
Thanks! Can I append that to any links? For example, webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/24763/… doesn't make any change. – Tim Mar 15 '12 at 19:35
@Tim: Uh...no. Not unless the site has code that acts on that URL parameter. – Al E. Mar 15 '12 at 19:37
@Tim No, that's specific for Gmail. The URL parameters are specific for every single web app/site. The fact that some might work from one app to another is pure coincidence. – Alex Mar 15 '12 at 19:38
Thanks, Alex and @Al! I wonder if I can know what URL parameters are general? – Tim Mar 15 '12 at 19:41

This link also works (at least since 2012, still working today) and could possibly be easier to remember than the other ?ui=html link - just add /h/ instead.


It seems to redirect to https anyway, or just use https:


Also, the other link will work without the &zy=h part, also maybe easier to remember:


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