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Gmail’s Hover Box

I hate Gmail’s new hover box with a passion. I am one who likes to hover my mouse over the text I’m reading, such as the sender and subject of a message recently recieved. However, when I do this on gmail, a big, ugly box appears right over the test I’m trying to read, ruining the whole experience.

The addition of chat I could also care less about, but at least it can be minimized down to about a 100×30 pixel sub-window on the left side of my screen. The boxes, however, are nasty and don’t seem to go away.

What do the rest of you think?

3 Responses to “Gmail’s Hover Box”

  1. Bernie Zimmermann Says:

    The integrated chat stuff hasn’t been rolled out to my account yet, but I did happen to see it in action on one of my co-workers’ computers.

    I would be really surprised if they didn’t give you the option of opting-out of that hover-box, or whatever it is.

    I’m guessing you tried that, though?

  2. Stickman Says:

    I use https so I don’t see any of the chat stuff. I’d love to try it.

    I haven’t noticed any of the pops on mouseovers, but Gmail Is Not Evil, We All Know That, so try emailing suggestions@gmail.com (or something, I made that up) with your angst and see if they’ll fix that issue. It’s definetly not user-friendly.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Problem solved: at the bottom of the page, appears the following:

    Gmail view: standard with chat | standard without chat | basic HTML Learn more

    Clicking on “Standard without chat” makes the stupid hover boxes go away. I don’t think those links were there two days ago, but that has obviously been resolved.

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