How to Open a Gmail Message in Its Own Window

Eliminate distractions and make your messages easier to see

What to Know

  • Open message in a separate window: Hold Shift key while selecting the message.
  • Open individual messages in separate windows: Settings > See all Settings > Conversation view off
  • Use Print View to view individual messages without turning off Conversation View.

This article discusses how to open a Gmail message in its own window, without the distraction of the Gmail interface.

Open an Email in Its Own Gmail Window

To open a Gmail message in a separate browser window, hold down the Shift key while selecting the message. You can arrange the windows and view them simultaneously.

If you're using Conversation View, you'll see the entire conversation in the new window. If you only want to see one message and not an entire conversation, use the instructions below for disabling Conversation View or using Print View.

You can open as many messages in new windows or tabs as your browser allows, and you can continue to read the emails even after you delete them from or archive them in your inbox.

A Gmail user opens an email in a new window

Disable Conversation View

To open individual messages in separate windows instead of conversations, disable Conversation View. Here's how:

  1. In the upper-right corner of Gmail, select the Settings gear icon.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  2. From the dropdown menu, choose See all settings.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  3. In the General tab, scroll down to the Conversation View section and select Conversation view off.

    Gmail settings with 'Conversation view off' highlighted
  4. At the bottom of the screen, select Save Changes.

    Gmail settings with the Save Changes button highlighted

Use Print View to Open Individual Emails from Conversations

If you want to view individual messages without disabling Conversation View, you can use Print View to open individual emails in separate browser windows or tabs.

  1. Open the conversation that contains the message. At the bottom of the conversation, select the Show trimmed content (ellipsis) icon to display all the messages in the conversation.

    A Gmail message with the 'Show trimmed content' icon highlighted
  2. Select the email you want to expand, then, to the right of the Reply arrow, select the More (three vertically stacked dots) icon.

    Don't select the Print All button in the conversation window, as doing so will print the whole thread.

    A Gmail message with the More menu icon highlighted
  3. From the dropdown menu, choose Print.

    A Gmail message with the Print option highlighted
  4. When the browser's print dialog appears, cancel it. The email should remain in the separate window or tab.

If you have a pop-up blocker enabled, you might have to disable it for this Gmail feature to work properly.

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