How-To Geek

Switch Gmail Icons Back to Text Labels

If Gmail’s icon-based buttons annoy you, it’s now possible to switch them back to the old text labels with a simple settings toggle.

At MakeUseOf they highlight the new option in Gmail and how you can switch back to the old button layout:

So how do you make that happen? All you have to do is click on the cog button, choose “Settings”, and go to the the General tab. Scroll down to find the “Button labels” setting, and change it from icons to text.

I know what I’ll be doing shortly; text-based button labels here I come.

[via MakeUseOf]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/19/12

Comments (11)

  1. Jim

    sweet. this was driving me nuts. thanks!

  2. DD

    @Jim Truth.

  3. D Steele

    Those have to be the worst designed icons ever.

  4. Anonymous

    I don’t “hate” Google or anything – just what they do. And this article has me wondering why anyone would want to help “herd” more patrons towards a company that views their patrons as nothing more than mindless dollar signs. (You can say the same thing of Facebook too.)

    I should think that Google’s recent privacy policy changes would be reason enough to at least not write promotion pieces. And when it comes to Google’s privacy plagued product like GMail, I would think the writers for HTG would be trying to help people come up with alternatives rather than a fix.

    Don’t get me wrong! Google isn’t all bad. They have given us Chrome and completely new ways to find things. But when Google decides that no one’s privacy is of any concern I would think that it’s time to start boycotting Google as much as possible. After all, just who can’t find another free email service?

  5. Sabrina

    Good to know about the Switch Gmail Icons Back to Text Labels.

  6. Karl K

    Well, I tried your tip and the option doesn’t even SHOW UP in my “Settings=>General” tab! I use Gmail with Opera as my browser on a Win7 Ultimate (X64) system. Shucks!

  7. dreamrider

    Thank you! I hate those non understanding icons! Very useful tip.

  8. Debbi

    Great tip! I don’t find the icons intuitive, and I never realized I could switch them to text. Thanks!

  9. KRS

    Great. Now is there any way to rearrange the buttons so that the delete button is at the left end of the line?

  10. Andrei

    Thanks for the tip! Icons were totally unintuitive!

  11. Lasenna

    Thanks! Really needed this, and couldn’t figure out how in the world to go back to the way they used to be!

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