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Faster Gmail - Using Basic HTML

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

Friday, December 22, 2006
13 years ago14,660 views

Gmail introduced a Basic HTML version a long while ago to add support for several older browsers.

I personally find browser crashes are a little too common with large javascript applications running within them and I would rather use something that is just HTML if it can be faster and more reliable.

For the last few days I have been using Gmail in this mode. And it is very nice. You can update your bookmark to: mail.google.com/mail?ui=html to go straight to it.

It is also (and please keep this quiet) ad free.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I like this URL:
https:// mail.google.com/mail/h/

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes – I thought that didn't always work for some reason but it does.

It seems to require the trailing slash though. Otherwise it goes to the "Standard View".

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Do you use it too Ionut?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I use it:
- if I have a slow connection
- if Gmail doesn't load normally
- sometimes Opera (even v9) loads this version out of the blue

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

My favorite Gmail flavor is the mobile one:
m.gmail.com

There's nothing faster (and more limited) than that one.

BUGabunndo [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I also use m.gmail.com when everything else fails!

OREO [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The only problem with HTML view is that you can't change the setting. I also definitely like the m.gmail.com for super fast message viewing!

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