How about forwarding disjointed threads, though? What about those cases — email support, for instance — when you need to forward an entire message including all its headers and source code?
In a tad roundabout but still not entirely unreasonable manner, Gmail lets you do all this by saving emails as files and then forwarding them attached.
Forward Emails as Attachments in Gmail
To forward one message or multiple messages as attachments in Gmail:
- For each message you want to forward:
- Save it as an EML file on your desktop or another folder.
- If you want to remove other recipients' email addresses from the messages you forward, you can do so in the text editor.
- Start a new message in Gmail.
- You can start your forward by selecting Forward for one of the messages, of course; in this case, do delete the text beneath (and including) ---------- Forwarded message ----------, though.
- In the email's text, explain why the message or messages you are forwarding will interest each recipient.
- For each message you have saved as an EML file:
- Click Attach a file.
- Find and select the desired .eml file.
(If Gmail lets you select multiple files, you can attach all the desired .eml files in one go, of course.)
- Edit the message's subject and body.
- If you did not start by forwarding a message, you can use "Fwd: " followed by one or more of the original message's subjects; to copy these subjects, open a new Gmail window or tab, or click Save Now in the composition window and find it again later in the Drafts label.
- In the message body, do explain why you are forwarding the message.
- Click Send.
(Updated September 2011)