Quick Tip: Un-Thread Gmail Conversations

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Gmail Conversation View
source: Stefan

When I switched to Gmail a couple of years ago, the hardest part of the switch was getting used to the threaded conversations. If you use Gmail already, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, the basic explanation is that Gmail groups all conversations in the same thread as one message in your inbox.

In most cases that’s a good thing, but it can get confusing if you’re sending an email to a group of people and several people respond because those responses are then grouped, even if you’d prefer to archive some, label them differently or keep some in your inbox as a reminder.

Although I’ve gotten used to the threading now, I was excited to see that Gmail has finally started allowing users to turn off the conversation view so that your emails will be treated as separate emails rather than one thread. I may still give it a try just to see if I’d prefer it that way, although I think I’ll probably stick with the conversation view in the long run.

What I really wish Google would do is allow Gmail users to unthread certain conversations while keeping others grouped into a single conversation. That would give me the functionality I need to make the most of the conversations feature!

To turn off the conversation view, go to Settings and then scroll down until you find the Conversation View section and select Turn Off Conversation View.

Do you use Gmail? Do you like the threaded conversations or do you prefer them unthreaded?