Gmail gets opt-out feature for conversation view

Gmail gets opt-out feature for conversation view

Summary: Google on Wednesday announced that Gmail users are going to receive the option to turn the mail service's threaded conversational view off.Gmail currently amalgamates all the replies to a message into one single thread, which it calls a Conversation View.

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Google on Wednesday announced that Gmail users are going to receive the option to turn the mail service's threaded conversational view off.

Gmail currently amalgamates all the replies to a message into one single thread, which it calls a Conversation View. This features stops inboxes filling up with multiple new messages that refer to the same thread, by allowing the replies to all fit into the original message. The number of replies is indicated by a bracketed number that sits in the sender information field.

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Wiltse Carpenter, a technical lead at Google, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that: Gmail users "can now get Gmail served up sans conversation view. Go to the main settings page, look for the "Conversation View" section, select the option to turn it off, and save changes."

The feature is being rolled-out to all Gmail users over the next few days, he wrote.

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  • Not sure I understand why this is big news....so what?
    Manek Dubash
  • Well, if they provided email threading like Cix had with CoSy in the 1980s, that would be impressive! But I'd rather Google added features like, you know, sort by name, sort by subject, sort by size... or even real folders ;-)
    Jack Schofield
  • Manek, I think it's helpful for people who get multiple emails with the same subject header. I've found it confusing to use sometimes because I use so many of the same subjects, but for both the same and different people, but for different projects. Clear as mud, especially when they're all grouped together.
    Shannon Doubleday
  • about time too! this is the one particular reason i don't use gmail - i HATE the conversation/threading that it does automatically - especially when I have an IMAP client linked to the same account. if i mark a 'thread' as unread after i've read it (i.e; to remind me to re-read it when i get back in the office), it marks ALL the messages as unread. particularly annoying if it's a long conversation!
    finally i can turn this off. thank you google for coming to your senses and stopping to preach to people how they should read their emails!
    dan@...
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