Enabling or Disabling the New Google Sites User Interface

posted Sep 26, 2011, 10:22 AM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Sep 20, 2012, 1:16 PM ]






How to Enable the New User Interface for Google Sites

To enable the new user interface for Google Sites, there are two basic options:
  • Select the Give it a try! option from the yellow alert bar across the top of the screen.  This option will only appear if your site is currently set to display using the old interface.

  • Select the option from your User Settings screen, by following the steps below:
    1. Navigate to your site
    2. Log in with your Owner account
    3. Navigate to the User Settings option under the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window


    4. Place a check in the box next to Use the New Look:

    5. Save your changes
Once the new user interface has been enabled, the look and feel of your site's administrative view will change.  For example, the new look for the Create and Edit page icons will have a different appearance, a new "Share" button will be available and the "More Actions" menu will now appear as "More":



How to Disable the New User Interface for Google Sites

If there is a need/desire to revert back to the old user interface for Google Sites, simply follow the steps below:
  1. Navigate to your site
  2. Log in with your Owner account
  3. Navigate to the User Settings option under the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window

  4. Remove the check from the box next to Use the New Look:

  5. Save your changes

Once the old user interface has been re-enabled, the look and feel of your site's administrative view will return to what you should already be used to.  The Create and Edit page icons will return to their original appearance, the new "Share" button will no longer be available and the "More" menu will go back to being titled "More Actions":


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