How to Forward an Individual Message From a Conversation in Gmail

It's easy to forward individual messages from conversations

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Gmail's conversation view groups emails of the same topic together into one easy-to-read thread. This makes it simple to read all the messages that were replied to under the same subject and with the same recipients.

Conversation view is also useful when you want to forward the entire conversation. However, there are times you might not want to include the entire thread and prefer instead to send just one message in it. You can either copy that message and make a new email or selectively forward just that one part of the thread.

How to Forward Individual Messages in a Conversation

Here's how to forward a single email from a Gmail conversation:

  1. With Gmail open, select the conversation that contains the email you want to forward. You should see more than one section of the message, which indicates the separate emails.

  2. Expand the message you want to forward if it isn't already expanded. Click or tap the sender's name to expand any message in a conversation. It's okay if you see the other individual messages expanded too. 

  3. Click or tap the More button (three vertically aligned dots) at the top of the email you want to forward.

    More button (three horizontal dots) in Gmail
  4. Choose Forward.

    Forward menu item from Gmail's More menu
  5. Fill in the To field that appears at the top of the message you are forwarding with the email address of the recipient who should receive the message.

  6. Edit any of the extra text you want to change before sending. If you want to edit the subject field, click or tap the small arrow next to the To field and choose Edit subject. Make any changes.

  7. Click or tap Send.

If you see the Forward button at the bottom of the email you've opened, you can send it along that way, too.

Forward button at the bottom of an email in Gmail

If you turn off conversation view in Gmail, you can send individual messages a bit easier.