Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email Mark a Conversation or Individual Emails Unread in Gmail When you open an email and don't have time to reply, mark it unread By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated February 26, 2020 Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email In the middle of an email thread, it's awkward to stop responding. If you're just glancing at a Gmail conversation and don't have time to respond, you'll want to keep that particular message in the thread in mind and visible in Gmail so you can continue reading later. You can mark the email unread, of course, or star it perhaps—or rely on a hidden Gmail gem that lets you mark a thread unread only from a certain message onward. Mark Individual Emails Unread in Gmail To mark an individual email message unread in Gmail, do the following: Make sure conversation view is disabled. To disable conversation view, select the Settings gear icon at the top right corner of Gmail. Then, choose Settings in the menu that comes up Lifewire Go to the General tab of the Settings screen, and scroll down about midway to the Conversation view section. Lifewire Under the Conversation view section, select Conversation view off. Lifewire Scroll to the bottom of the page, and press Save Changes. Lifewire Find and check or open the desired email. Press More in the toolbar on the right side of the window, and select Mark as unread. Lifewire Mark Part of a Conversation Unread in Gmail To mark as unread only part of a thread or just the latest message in Gmail: Open the conversation in Gmail. Make sure the message in the thread that you want to mark unread is expanded. If you cannot see the message, select its sender's name and preview. You can also select Expand all to the right of the thread. Lifewire Select More denoted by 3 vertical dots next to Reply in the message's header area. Lifewire Select Mark unread from here from the menu. Lifewire You can also mark the entire thread unread, of course, by expanding it and selecting the More button in the toolbar. Select Mark as unread to mark the entire thread as unread.