Standard view and basic HTML view
Gmail has two primary views or display modes, based on the type of browser you use to access it: standard view and basic HTML view.
Standard view is what you'll see when you sign in to Gmail from a supported browser. Standard view gives you access to all Gmail features.
Basic HTML view
Basic HTML view is what you’ll see when you sign in to Gmail using a browser that is not supported. For a preview, see basic HTML view. This view is compatible with almost any browser but does not support the following features:
- Spell checker
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Adding or importing contacts
- Custom 'From:' addresses
- Rich formatting
If you're directed to Gmail’s basic HTML view, but would like to try the standard view, visit http://mail.google.com/mail?nocheckbrowser. Keep in mind that standard view may not work, even with this link, if your browser isn't supported.