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How to Open Any Gmail Message in Full

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"[Message clipped]  View entire message"

When a lengthy email ends with these words in Gmail, you know what to do: click View entire message.

When a lengthy email ends abruptly and, you suspect, with its best and finishing part left out in Gmail, what do you do? You can open the email in a separate browser window, of course, but that just yields the same ending in a different format. Or you take a look at the source: everything is there for sure, just not in a legible format.

Fortunately, Gmail does not clip messages when formatting them for printing. You don't have to commit them to paper to take a look at the full monty.

Open Any Gmail Message in Full

To see any message in its entirety with Gmail:

  • Open the message.
  • Click the down arrow next to the Reply button near the message's top.
  • Select Print.
  • When the browser's print dialog comes up, click Cancel.

As an alternative:

  • Open the desired message in Gmail.
  • Click the down arrow next to Reply.
  • Select Show original.
  • Click in your browser's address bar.
  • Make sure the entire URL is highlighted.
  • Hit Ctrl-C (Windows, Linux) or Command-C (Mac).
  • Go to the Open Entire Gmail Message page.
  • Hit Ctrl-V (Windows, Linux) or Command-V (Mac).
  • Hit Enter or press the Open Entire Message button.
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