How to Forward a Complete Thread of Emails in Gmail

Its easy to forward a conversation with up to 100 emails in Gmail

In Gmail, when Conversation View is activated, all emails with a common subject line are listed together for ease of reading. Use Conversation View in Gmail to forward these entire conversations in a single message easily.

Share Interesting Threads

When you come across an email worth sharing, forward it. When you have an entire thread or conversation of emails that's worth sharing, don't forward those messages one by one.

In Gmail, you can forward an entire conversation in one email message. If the thread forms a conversation, as determined by Gmail criteria, you can forward it in one compact message. The quoted text is removed automatically.

Enable Conversation View

When Conversation View is enabled, Gmail groups all emails with the same subject line (Gmail ignores prefixes such as Re: and Fwd:) into one conversation. Gmail limits conversations to 100 emails. When a conversation reaches that limit, Gmail starts a new conversation.

Conversation View is enabled by default on newer Gmail accounts. Use these steps to ensure that it is enabled.

To enable conversation view in Gmail:

  1. In the Gmail inbox screen, select the gear icon.

    Turn off Gmail conversation view
  2. Choose Settings.

    Turn off Gmail Conversation View
  3. In the General tab, scroll to the Conversation View section.

    Turn off Gmail Conversation View
  4. Select Conversation view on.

    Turn off Gmail Conversation View
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Save Changes.

If you set Conversation view off, each email appears in your inbox by itself in reverse chronological order.

Forward a Complete Thread or Conversation of Emails in Gmail

To forward an entire conversation in one message with Gmail:

  1. Go to your inbox and choose the conversation.

    Gmail conversation
  2. Go to the toolbar and select More.

    Gmail with the More icon highlighted
  3. Choose Forward all. Gmail displays the contents of the new email at the bottom of the conversation.

    More menu in Gmail with the Forward All option highlighted
  4. Add any comments to the email and address the message.

    Forward your Gmail conversation
  5. Select Send to send the conversation along with your comments.

    Email in Gmail with the Send button highlighted

You can also forward multiple messages from one conversation or many as attachments in Gmail.