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Today, when trying to reply to a message in Gmail, I was told that there is a new reply mode and then it was automatically enabled. I find it difficult to use, and it doesn't let you reply to the message in accordance with the netiquette I'm used to.

How do I opt-out of this brand new reply mode? It wasn't there yesterday.

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For further info see Google's Help page on Gmail's new compose and reply experience. –  Andrew Lott Aug 20 '13 at 20:03
One step forward, two steps back - wish I could rollback too! In fact I wish I could rollback quite a few of the recent "improvements"! –  w3d Aug 20 '13 at 23:07
@cnst Shift+clicking the Compose button also opens a full compose window in a new tab. –  Simon Sep 14 '13 at 11:18
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I use an old Gmail URL to get access to Gmail's retro UI; I use it all the time, actually.

I have the URL saved as a Bookmarklet for easy access:


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Please do not rollback. –  phwd Aug 27 '13 at 15:43
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If you're willing to install a Google Chrome extension and share a link to it on Twitter or Facebook, there's "Old Compose".

From Lifehacker:

Finally, a fix for those of us who aren't fans of the redesigned Gmail compose window. The Old Compose extension brings back the old, familiar interface Google left behind.

Once installed (reboot Chrome after dragging the add-on to the extensions page), Old Compose works seamlessly in the background. That is, hit the compose button (the "c" keyboard shortcut) and the old message window you know and love is back. That means you'll get a wider compose area automatically (pop-out window still available), one-click access to add Cc and Bcc recipients, more formatting options at a glance, and so on.

Old Compose is free, but it requires you to share the link on Twitter or Facebook before you get the download. For some of us, getting the old Gmail back is more than worth it.

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You can’t.

Now that that option is available, we're saying farewell to the old compose and switching everyone to the new compose over the next few days.


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You can also use the Retro Compose extension from the Google Chrome Web Store

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In addition to Retro Compose (Chrome) and Old Compose (Chrome+Firefox), there is a third Chrome extension that is great too: Fix Compose for Gmail.

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EDIT: As of 2014-01-23, Fix Compose for Gmail doesn't seem to work anymore. I switched to Retro Compose.

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I found an extension on Chrome by name Classic Gmail Compose. Its easy to install and works even without a browser restart. Check this post - Switch to Old Gmail Compose Mail View

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Short Answer: You can't.

Long Answer: There used to be an option to roll back, but even that is gone.

As far as I can tell, you're stuck with "progress". Sorry.

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Please remove this answer as the information is now deprecated as there exist Google Chrome and Firefox extensions to roll back. –  Franck Dernoncourt Oct 6 '13 at 18:16
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