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How to Turn Off Conversation View in Gmail

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Is it something deep in the emails' internal bits; or just the subject?

Whatever drives Gmail to lump together emails that have nothing to do with each other, it should be stopped; and you can.

After you have turned off conversation threading, Gmail will show emails purely in chronological order.

Turn Off Conversation View in Gmail

To disable conversation threading and prevent Gmail from lumping together emails:

  • Click the gear icon in Gmail.
  • Select Settings from the menu that comes up.
  • Go to the General tab.
  • Make sure Conversation view off is selected under Conversation View:.
  • Click Save Changes.

Unfortunately, Gmail does not offer a way to find related messages quickly with conversation view off.

Turn On Conversation View in Gmail

To enable conversation view and have Gmail show you related emails as threads:

  • Click the gear in your Gmail's toolbar.
  • Pick Settings from the menu.
  • Go to the General tab.
  • Make sure Conversation view on is selected under Conversation View:.
  • Click Save Changes.

(Updated April 2012)

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