Why did gmail take away the checkmark in their checkboxes?

2 Dec 2011 - 1:35pm
4 years ago
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I find this to be rather confusing. The first few times I used the new gmail design, I kept clicking on my checkboxes. Rows were highlighting and unhighlighting, but I didn't understand what was happening. Then I noticed that the last one I selected had this litte, tiny 1 pxl border color change around the checkmark itself--I suppose to indicate that this was the last item I had selected.

The checkbox was my biggested affordance for what I had done and a row highlight was a nice secondary one. I feel like this new approach is complete against the mental model of checkboxes. Are they simply trying to transition us to a non-checkbox world? 

Anyone have thoughts on this new approach? I am being old school with this one? I really want those checkboxes to be there....


2 Dec 2011 - 2:12pm

I'm not quite sure what you mean... Are you referring to Gmail's new web interface? The checkbox in mine looks okay.

Here's what it looks like, from a screenshot I just took:


2 Dec 2011 - 3:24pm
Moses Wolfenstein

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but as far as I can tell there are still checkboxes and checkmarks in Gmail. The borders on everything are definitely smaller. This is a feature of the new look in general, and I have to admit I don't particularly like it. I find it makes elements on the screen less distinct. While it doesn't get in the way of my use, it's definitely a visceral design fail for me.

2 Dec 2011 - 5:53pm

I still see the checkmarks with no issue. You can also change your settings for some of the features, e.g. I switched my display back to show less whitespace so I could view more messages on the screen.

12 Jan 2012 - 2:17pm

So sad for me...I was experiencing a bug and didn't even know it!

Oh the holiday season :)

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