gMail new format issue

By JADavis9 ·
On my desktop pc, I think that I clicked on a Log In or Log Off button that popped up at the start and suddenly my desktop pc is displaying my online gMail in this new format page layout that doesn't have a Sign Out button like it did and like it still does on my tablet pc. Both are WinXP with IE8.
So now the Sign Out is down in a dropdown box below my name. I want to get back to the former style with a Sign Out link always visible next to my name up there.
Someone at TR helped me delete some cookies a few weeks ago to help me get back to the old format gMail site. Can someone help me do this again?
It involved deleting the Google cookies last time, but I've tried that and I'm getting no where. I NEED SOME HELP, PLEASE!

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another problem with the new gMail format - different Settings page

by JADavis9 In reply to gMail new format issue

This new format doesn't even seem to have a way to get to the Settings page that has the Forwarding & POP/IMAP tab that I need to use right now. I can't even find that item. I went to Account Settings in the dropdown under my name and it isn't a page with tabs at all. GRRRR!

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figured out the Settings page issue

by JADavis9 In reply to gMail new format issue

I clicked on the small blue gear shaped icon in the upper right corner and it opens that Settings page that I am familiar with. So I'm not sure why that Account Settings in the user name drop-down sends the user to a different page ??????

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will installing copies of the old cookies fix this for me?

by JADavis9 In reply to gMail new format issue

If the only deal is that my cookies got deleted and were replaced with new ones, then I probably have what I need to fix this issue. I must still have them on my tablet pc since it is displaying my gMail the same as it always has since they are saved from being deleted with a setting in cCleaner. So if someone could coach me through the process of sending copies of the cookies from my tablet to my desktop pc and tell me how and where to save them on my desktop pc, that would be really awesome since it would probably fix this for me!

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cookies ?

by Who Am I Really In reply to gMail new format issue

I'm puzzled,

all the cookies on my system are cleared
- at every browser close
- any time I use "Clear Recent History"

and I still see Gmail operating normally
every time I log in it just creates new ones

and I have never seen a "sign out" button
only a "sign out" link in the upper right corner
which when you are logged into gmail
also appears in the same place on a google search results page

here's what I see at the top of both Gmail page and the search results page

have you checked for malware, redirects etc.?

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you are accessing gMail differently

by JADavis9 In reply to gMail new format issue

I access gMail thru
which doesn't give me a screen that looks like yours! So I'm not familiar at all with your screen or your page layout.
Also, I don't know where I would set it to clear all cookies at every browser closing, Maybe mine is set to do that (tell me where?) but I have cCleaner set to store certain cookies using cCleaner > Options > Cookies and moved cookies that I wanted to save over to the right in the Cookies To Keep section.
When I use "Clear Recent History" it would probably delete the cookies that I set up to be Saved in cCleaner. But I haven't had an issue and my Gmail has looked like this:!/photo.php?fbid=207776359252687&set=a.207772322586424.54782.100000609734900&type=1&theater
for ever until I clicked the Sign Out button yesterday and now it looks like this:!/photo.php?fbid=207773355**9654&set=a.207772322586424.54782.100000609734900&type=1&theater

So I want to get it to display Gmail on my DELL desktop like it had been and like it still is being displayed on my tablet. Both are Win XP and both are IE 8.

And yes, I have checked for malware by running MalwareBytes yesterday and I did a Clean Install of Windows XP and Office 2003 and all of my programs and docs a few weeks ago. I'm just trying to get it all back to working like it should and like I remember it. And I accidently clicked on some Sign Out button in Gmail last night that has messed up my Gmail.

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by Who Am I Really In reply to you are accessing gMail d ...

it sounds like there's some cookie or preference setting the weird looking page you're getting on the one system

The screen I posted previously is the top of the search results page,
when signed in to Gmail it shows "" and the sign out link

when not signed in to Gmail it doesn't show any email address and shows the sign in link in the same place the sign out link shows when signed in

under the sign in link is a strange looking customized https link

under the Gmail link on the left half of the screen is the following link:

which converts to the https link for the sign in page when clicked

as I said previously, I don't keep any history, cookies, login settings etc.

the method I use to do this is a bit involved:
(I won't / don't use IE for anything except MS pages like winders update)
so, in Firefox what I do is:
a > kill all history settings in the Options dialog
b > kill all history settings in about:config (the ones that aren't available in the Options dialog)
c > install BetterPrivacy (DOM storage and Flash Cookie killer)
d > change the "Clear Recent History" dialog setting: Time range to clear: "Everything" (default setting is: last hour)

it looks like 4 steps but going through them there's a lot of individual settings to change

as a side note:
I also add NoScript, FlashBlock, AdBlock Plus

here's the Gmail page I see under my current config:


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Here are Google's cookies saved on tablet with cCleaner that make it work

by JADavis9 In reply to gMail new format issue
When I had this same problem previously, I was just told by someone to do something like delete all of the Google cookies and reload it (or something like that ... I forget) and this fixed my problem and I went back to viewing it the way I was used to. So I would like to do that again.
I think I will try to figure out how to move those 5 cookies from my tablet to my DELL desktop pc to do that! I just need to find out where they are stored and figure out a way to make copies of them and save them onto the DELL desktop pc!

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by JADavis9 In reply to Here are Google's cookies ...

I'm not sure what the difference is on this site between clicking Reply (which I just did now) or just typing into the Answer The Question boxes.
1. Maybe it is just that if I use the Answer The Question boxes, I get to add a new Subject line?
2. Anyway .... I can't figure out how to move cookies. I did a Start > Search and couldn't find any of those cookies that I listed here. Maybe they are hidden files and I would need to change some setting so that they were visible? If anyone knows, please tell me!

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browser please . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to gMail new format issue

cookies are not really out in the open
in 3.0 and up they are contained inside the file

cookies are "out in the open" in yer user profile under

Temporary Internet Files

however to access them directly
you first have to remove the CLSID contents of the desktop.ini file

usually looks like this


delete the second line and save the file

so that you can see the directories below
C:\Documents and Settings\You\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
the directories below
are random generated 8 character directory names such as


the easiest method to remove the contents of the desktop.ini file
is to edit one in a different user profile and then copy it to your own profile

strange that winders lets me look into everyone else's
Temporary Internet Files
directory but not my own until I delete the CLSID from the desktop.ini file

once you have the desktop.ini file cleared
you can browse for the plain text


files in the sub-directories below Content.ie5


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by JADavis9 In reply to browser please . . .

I only use IE so I'm sticking with this. I'm in way over my head here, I think. I got really lost when you started talking about "CLSID contents of the desktop.ini file" and "delete the second line and save the file". I was really determined to try to fix this gMail thing myself with help (of course!), but now I'm not really feeling too good about doing that. I would either need some very down-to-earth help or I will need to find someone who can help me move my cookies from one pc to the other.
It sure sounds like it is more complicated than I thought it would be.
Would you mind jumping in to help me move those 5 gMail cookies from one of my pcs to the other to hopefully get my gMail displaying the same on both? I have TeamViewer 6 on both pcs and they are connected to each other thru a router.

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