How to view and reply to email conversations in gmail

  • July 8, 2018

How to view and reply to email conversations in gmail.

This tutorial assumes that you are already logged in to Gmail.

Now let's learn a little bit about the unique way Gmail displays your messages.

Rather than showing a single entry for each individual email, Gmail groups an email together with all replies- sort of like a thread on a forum. This is referred to as a conversation.

As indicated by the (4) aside the first conversation, it contains four messages. The participants in the conversation are listed to the left of that.

To view a conversation, you can click anywhere on its row in the list, except the controls on the left.

Notice that this conversation only contains one message.

Click the left arrow to go to the conversation directly before this one in the Inbox.

Click the small arrow icon if you want to open the conversation in a New Window.

Click the Printer icon to Print all messages in the conversation.

Gmail will collapse all the messages in a conversation that you've already read, except for the newest one.

You can click on a message's title to expand it.

Or, click the down arrow icon to expand every message in the conversation.

Clicking the same icon again will reverses that action (Collapse all).

Clicking the down arrow icon within a message will display some more information about the message.

In addition to Replying to and Forwarding, there are a number of other actions you can perform on a message.

To reply to a message, you can also click directly in the text area.

...and a standard Gmail composition form will appear.

Click the Trash icon if you no longer wish to reply.

To return to the Inbox, click the return arrow below the search window.

That's it! This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to view and reply to email conversations in Gmail.

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