How to Open Any Gmail Message in Full

It's possible to view an entire lengthy Gmail message on screen


When a long Gmail message ends abruptly with "[Message clipped] View entire message" and—you suspect—with its best and finishing part left out, what do you do? You can open the email in a separate browser window, but that just yields the same ending in a different format, or you can 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, and you don't have to commit them to paper to take a look at the complete message.

Open Any Gmail Message in Full Using the Print Command

When you receive a lengthy Gmail message and you want to see the message in its entirety on screen:

  1. Open the message.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the Reply button near the top of the message.
  3. Select Print.
  4. When the browser's print dialog comes up, click Cancel. The entire email appears on the screen that opens. You can scroll to view the entire message.

Open a Gmail Conversation in Full

If you enable Conversation View in Gmail, an alternate method to open a Gmail conversation in full is:

  1. Open the conversation.
  2. Click the In New Window icon that appears next to the Print icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to view all the contents of the conversation. Click the Print icon to print the entire conversation.

About Gmail Length Limits

Although there is no limit to the length of a Gmail message from a text standpoint, there is a limit to the size of the message complete with text, attached files, headers, and encoding.

You can receive a message in Gmail up to 50MB, but outgoing messages you send from Gmail have a 25MB limit. If you attempt to send a larger file, Google offers to store large attachments on Google Drive and issue a link you can send the email.

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