Can I disable Gmail message "threading"?
In Gmail what does the following mean in the Inbox:
Where can I change the setting?
This is an interesting message because what you're talking about is one of the more desireable features of Google's Gmail service, from what I have heard from users. It's how Gmail keeps your discussions in "threads" (actually, Gmail calls it "conversations", but threads is a more common name for the capability).
What Gmail is showing you here is that someone named Dave sent you a message, then you responded. Both of those messages are viewable simultaneously, and there are a total of 2 messages in that thread.
Here you can see that Marissa and I have been sending mail back and forth for a while: there are 11 messages in our conversational thread, the first of which was from her and the most recent of which was from me. The little paperclip by the date also shows that at least one of the messages in the thread has an attachment. The word Nintendo is the subject of the message and the first few words of the most recent message in this thread are "I have attached a release with more info..."
If I open up the message, note how Gmail has a slick presentation of the entire discussion thread and an all-important "Expand all" if I want to see all of every message rather than just the most recent:
As to your question, I don't believe that there's any way to turn this feature off, but since it's such an integral part of Gmail and so darn useful, I suggest instead that you might spend a few weeks trying to get used to it. Once you're comfortable with it, I think you'll find it a very elegant way to keep track of your email discussions.
Update: You Can Turn Off Gmail Threading!
Finally, Google's made this an option and you can indeed turn off message threading on your Gmail account. To do so, check out this newer article: Finally, How to Disable Gmail Threading
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Reader Comments To Date: 341
It's a wonderful feature unless you've subscribed to a mailing list with its own threading. The list puts the number of the response in the message subject, which causes gmail to completely hose threading for that list.
I find the feature absolutely MADDENING, because the main thing I use my e-mail for is recieving LJ comment notifications, and if I have a comment thread going on LJ, it groups all messages in it together, but often if there was more than one new message in that thread, it groups it with the others and I miss it, because it was below the more recent one. It drives me utterly crazy, and I'm really rather desperate for a way to turn it off.
I agree....that feature drives me nuts! Feels weird when you get back the same mail you sent from a portable like the treo 650...ugh....
Yeah, I stopped using gmail due to the threading "feature". I email the same people but about different subjects, events etc...why keep tying it to the same thread? Wildly annoying and keeps me from switching over to google for all of the other, often better features....
I hate this feature, hate it! I wish I could turn it off.
I have to say, I'd switch over to Gmail and the whole Google suite of products if it weren't for the annoying feature. I love Google stuff but won't give up the sensible - basic -"unimproved" email of Yahoo.......just allow people to turn it off for crying out loud.
I came here for any tips how to disable it.
Guess no luck.
yeah, i also searched for "gmail disable threading" and ended up here. it is truly amazing how people recommend "getting used to something" and "learn to enjoy something". a rather weak attempt to justify something imposed upon users by fascist creators of gmail. "this is a very useful feature so learn to enjoy it". period. pathetic...
I actually redirect my gmail messages to hotmail and read them in hotmail because the conversation threading completely bastardises my LJ comment notifications. What a way to ruin a great service! Why can't you turn it off?! Good lord. -__-
I'm agreeing that the 'conversations' view is helpful to some. Not all of us mentally organize that way and can't 'just get used to it'. I find it annoying and all I'm asking for is the choice to turn it on or off. Outlook offers you a bazillion and one ways to display your email - grouped by sender, week, subject, or hey, not at all. Maybe it's Gmail that should catch up with the times.
Gmail looked good until this 'conversations' gimmick feature imposed itself on my inbox. Soooo confusing to someone who's used normal email for over 20 years. Think I'll go back to paying for Yahoo Plus even though they've (equally stupidly) disabled searching for 'lost' emails in the spam folder. In this day and age, people expect a choice - especially when it wouldn't cost Google/Yahoo a penny.
help! my daughter was here, used my computer and signed up for or onto gmail.
now whenever i'm on a webpage and try to send them a note, click on the email to icon or whatever..it fires up her gmail account.
I want it to use my outlook account.
I've spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how to disable this and can't.
how do I do that?
thanks for any help, lg
i agree that it's really stupid to tie together a bunch of e-mails just because they are between the same correspondents....because subjects, themes, and so forth vary and deserve their own individual tags. that being said, i still continue to use the gmail service because it is so god damn appealing otherwise. i mean...google reader, orkut, searching for my mail, and the list goes on (or perhaps i'm lazy). but either way, my point is that compared to yahoo, gmail is amazing because with yahoo i am able to place e-mails only into one category whereas with gmail i am able to tag an e-mail to several folders at once. and i suppose that the purpose/aim of the silicon valley free thinking google creators is to focus on human relationships rather than tasks, so that it is the overall correspondence that counts and not what is being talked about. social networking, the singularity, yada yada yada. i still think that they should allow you to disable the feature manually for each individual e-mail at least.
I can just agree with all above post.
I am searching for an wemail account for my mother who is not fond learning new technical stuff. Google is better than Yahoo at almost everything: more storage, better and faster spell check etc.
The missing option to turn off conversation view makes me recomend Yahoo. It is a pity.
A more personal experiance:
Just the other day I wanted to send a mail to someone I could not remember the name of, since I only had a brief conversation a few weeks ago. Since I have sent only a limited number of emails during this time I searched for it in the Sent-folder. Because of the conversation view the mail had been moved to the Inbox in order to be grouped with the response. ANNOYING and TIME CONSUMING!
I hate this feature as well. I can't make sense of it ... I find it completely non-intuitive for my own use. I can't figure out how it decides to display the messages within the conversation (most recent first, or oldest first ) - it is not consistent. Some conversations appear w/the most recent at the top, and others appear w/the most recent at the bottom.
Hi, can you please send me the procedure how to redirect the mails from Gmail account to Yahoo account.
This is a really frustrating feature. I use outlook to get my gmail because of this, but when I am on the road I am have to use the gmail GUI. I open one of these "conversations" and I am completely lost for some time until i figure out what the hell is going on. Worst case, google needs to dump this feature, best case, allow us to turn it off. Hell, I'd even pay for it.
Sometimes its good, sometimes it's bad. So give us a frickin choice already Google.
Let me give you an example of why its VERY bad. I sent out an email to 200 people (a birth announcement). Now I wanted to treat seperately the Mailer Daemon responses to real responses? But can i do that no. What happens if I filter? Well the whole conversation gets tagged.
FFS Google, Give us an option to turn it off (and handle individual messages with tags etc).
all I'm asking for is the choice to turn conversation style in gmail ON or OFF as desired by the user. when will the google pinheads understand this?
Quite simply, the potential for making an error with email as a result of the conversation view makes it unusable for anything other that reading mail. I dare not use it to send.
I use 4 other email clients and they all work the same way except google mail. Yes, google might feel that conversation view is "better", but I don't need better, I need consistency. When I use gmail, I end up making mistakes by sending replies to people - but I haven't seen that they have send me another mail while I was writing mine. It's more than annoying, it is causing mistakes.
Worse, some mail clients still add the next mail in a thread to the bottom of an email, rather than the top. If you try and communicate with someone who uses one of these, conversation view mangles the email thread beyond comprehension.
Conversations works if you use email for "chatting" idly with friends. If you use email for business on the road, for organising things or for handling your affairs, then it doesn't work.
Sure - give people the dumbed-down chatty option. But make it an OPTION! Google, if you want to convince the world that they really should get familiar with conversation view, educate, don't enforce! Come on google! We all KNOW this is just a binary switch and can be implemented very quickly! Which means your motives must be political.
Also infuriating is the way gmail takes mails which are identical or nearly identical, and groups them together with a number. If you're using gmail to receive notifications from a server, which sends you an email every 5 minutes that a hard disk is going down - you NEED to see those dozen emails!! Not a sinlge email with (12) next to it. Good grief - The postman doesn't rearrange your credit card bills for you by opening all the envelopes and putting them all into one envelope. I would like an option that tells gmail to LEAVE MY MAIL ALONE and deliver it unmolested.
I came the other way. I'm a long term yahoo user and came over to gmail because the anti-spam is superior, But after two months of use - I'm ditching gmail, because I'm forced to dumb down to use it.
I really hate this feature as well. It's so annoying opening outlook to see all of my sent messages in my inbox. Replying with the message history keeps all the information. The conversation feature is so dumb. It's especially annoying because I have a blackberry and I get my own messages back.
The worst part of message grouping? If there are one or two mails in a 20-message conversation, you can't delete the 18 useless mails and keep the 2 important mails. Your only options are to keep all 20 of them, or delete all 20 of them.
The iPhone copied this annoying "feature." It groups your SMSs in a chatbox-style thread from which you can't separate single messages.
The conversations option sucks. I agree that GMAIL needs to either turn it off, or allow us to. I am tired of hanging onto a 30 mail group to save one email, and trying to find current emails that are buried because they are resurrected from an old threaded conversation. GMAIL is excellent except for the threading. Lose it or lose me. I haven't started looking for another email address yet because I just finally got my friends here. But it is coming very soon. I will certainly miss having Google exclusively in my portfolio. Better than my paid service for all other options.
The threading FEATURE IF FROM HELL! I HATE IT SOOOOO MUCH because it is soooo annoying. So annoying that I have finally decided to give up gmail. I hope they'll listen.
Someone should show this page to the gmail developers. Maybe they'll get the hint...
I don't know what you are all talking about. This feature is great and helps keep the inbox organized! It doesn't even group everything from the same sender like some people are saying, only messages that are a direct reply to one of your other messages, maybe it would be nice to delete single messages for some people :S but you have 5gb of storage so... why?
I've tried to 3 months to get used to it. I'm going back to yahoo mail.
Another hater here. This feature is cr*p. I can't believe there's no way to turn it off.
For now I'm using an IMAP client, Thunderbird, and I never miss their horrid web interface.
change the subject each time to avoid it being threaded. simple!
Turning threading on/off would be really helpful, as everyone could set it according to one's needs.
Google should listen to people and let them turn threading off
I agree. Threading is a hugely annoying feature - especially when you check messages on multiple devices. I may have looked at a message on outlook on my PC and then when on the run see the same message, highlighted, on my blackberry and choose to ignore it because i've already read it on my pc. Later, when I go back to my pc, I see that many people have responded to the message and I didn't know that because i literally have to open the message in my blackberry to see if there have been any responses. VERY ANNOYING. I guess I should just use the blackberry email application, but there are many other features(for example using the gmail app i have access to all my old emails and also the ability to search through them) that i like. i really wish that google would get rid of this feature. i feel that i am stuck with google though because it has been my experience that they have the absolute best spam filters and i get TONS of spam otherwise.
I can't tell you how much frustrating it was for
me to deal with conversation view that I went
back to good old yahoo mail with classic interface.
May be it is just me!
I always seem to understand the context better
when I view the events in the order in which they
[Lets say 4-5 persons are in a conversation.
And one of the conversation member sends me a
personal mail on a different topic.
In this scenario, time line View (chronological
view) of the Inbox makes me understand better on
why people say the things they say.
This is not a special case.
It happens to me so often that Chronological view
is so critical for me.
I have to concur with some of the above comments - the argument to 'get used to it' is pretty weak. For some it is useful, for others not. I personally can't stand it but all I would like is the option to disable it. A good portion of my email is worthy of deletion within a week or two. The way it's set up now, either I have to save the entire conversation or open up the conversation, delete what portions of it I can, then save it. Either way, since when did a good search feature become an excuse to keep old messages you clearly don't want or need? Searching takes a lot longer when you have to wade through the same crap over and over again?
I've totally concur - ive had to ditch Gmail apps JUST BECAUSE of this - if Google is serious about making inroads in the buisness market they better fix this insanity now!!!!
Threading is a crap !!
I wish I could switch it off. More over google could give us more options in settings dialog.
Forexample posibility to change order of main row columns (subject, message body, email sender).
Hello everyone. I have to concur with you all that the threading feature in gmail should be optional and not imposed. As Mark suggested earlier, there is the Gmail Help Center where you can suggest feature changes for gmail. There is the option of Switching Conversation View ("Threading") on or off.
Please go to the website and vote for this feature change.
If enough of us vote for this change we should soon be getting rid of the threading nightmare.
I use email as a sales tool and many emails have the same subject line but are NOT the same conversation, so Gmail is totally useless to me without a way to turn off the "conversations" feature.
I have a secretary service send me a message any time they take a message for me. They send it using the same email address and subject. They all end up in the same "thread" and it is killing me. (there are a lot of other examples too - this is just a recent one)
Anybody who says...
"change the subject each time to avoid it being threaded. simple!"
... is not reading any of the other comments on this page.
This converstation threading is absolutely diabolical. I live in constant fear of replying to the wrong people, missing a response to an email (as it lumps 200 responses from 1 group email into the same thread), missing a hardware failure notification etc.
I find it totally unmanageable, even after 6 months of persevering with it. The old standard interface is 1 million times better for me.
Put me down as one who in the "I HATE THREADED CONVERSATIONS" camp. It's annoying, confusing, things get missed. I end up reading the same emails over and over and over as I search mindlessly for the one or two emails that have been added to the conversation. Next thing you know, a new conversation is started, and the madness is compounded.
I started using the comcast email account that came with ISP, and right off the bat I started replying to emails in a way that I am comfortable with.
I understand that Gmail is a free service, but please, give us this option. Please.
I love EVERYTHING else about Gmail. Spam filtering, picture review, composing mail... but this nonsense with the conversations is insanity.
I hate this converstation threading. Do we have a solution from Goooooogle?
This lack of feature needs to be addressed immediately.
My particular problem is that it tries to group very similar messages, which are not, in fact, a conversation, into a conversation. Very unhelpful, and very annoying.
Note to Google gmail designers and software designers everywhere: it's when you try to do too much thinking on behalf of your users that they start to hate you.
Automation is awesome, and it's what computing is all about, but there should always be a way to disable The Most Clever Feature In The World.
After more than 4 months of quantifiably vast productivity loses and costly employee errors across the board, I'm forced to recommend a switch back from Google Apps for our entire enterprise. It was time-consuming and frustrating to implement at a desktop / server / mobile level for everyone, and I hung in there thinking that this would change. It hasn't, and we're bleeding from it.
I can only assume that Google believes its sheer weight will tip the scale in favor of what is so obviously a financially and marketing driven decision. Gmail was a desktop point of entry and a critical opportunity for them. All of which has been laid low by a few poorly designed features and an unwillingness to change before the tipping point was reached.
What a shame – a company which was once so wonderfully innovative and pledged to do no harm has taken to bullying and ignoring consumers and resting on its laurels. The Masters of the Information Universe might want to have a "conversation" of their own. They could have a panel discussion about how that same once-ironclad strategy has paid off for Microsoft in the last couple of years.
THREADING. PAH! Does my head in!!
Lotus Notes - Just about one of the worst mail templates EVER has a simple on/off setting for mail threading in the new release 8 version. Why can't GMAIL ?
lol at gmail being fascist for providing a free email client.
My wife, who sends and receives email digests and responses to mass mailings hates this feature. However, for all those who consider Yahoo mail a viable alternative, I wouldn't trust it. I have a Yahoo account, I tried it before switching to Gmail. I've had email I've sent not arrive and email I've been sent not arrive, nothing to do with settings, blocking, filters or anything like that. Just plain old email to and from friends and then email to and from myself as a test. This, for me is a total deal-breaker. I'm not alone, see this for example: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080815131104AAWwvq0
Is there a reasonably reliable and user-friendly alternative to Gmail and Yahoo? Certainly not Hotmail.
All you have to do is create a filter from the sender "_YOUR NAME_" to skip inbox and archive or delete.
It works for me!
I face the same problem with our company email, it's quite frustrating and doesn't work naturally. Atlease for us!
Yep, the message Threading / grouping is pathetic, it is extremely hard to manage emails. I just creates a cluttered looking bunch of mail.
Another problem with the conversation view is that when using labels (folders) to store messages, it groups messages across labels (folders) into the same conversation. So even when you take the time to label everything correctly to keep my mail organized, it automatically groups messages together that are completely unrelated.
Love Google stuff, ABSOLUTELY HATE the "threading feature"!!!!!!
I've been waiting for couple of years for the to give an option of turning it off, but it's still there....
The only reason I'm still with Gmail, because I use Outlook to receive/send and read my Gmail....
I have been using gmail for some time and have always enjoyed the conversation feature. Today I wanted to see all my emails in order so I can find when I did something. Well I can't do that because of the stupid conversation thing. Why can't they just make it so you can turn it off when you need it off and then turn it back on. For my day to day emails it is quite useful.
The feature of grouping the "conversations" is extremely ANNOYING because I never know which e-mail I am actually reading. If I wish to forward the original e-mail with attachments, the I am never sure if I forwarded that message or some other in the chain. And that stupid "me, others" in the title is misleading. I use gmail because it is integrated with documents and it has superior search, but the organisation with all these labels is terrible. Hotmail is much better in that regard.
Gmail conversations are REALLY annoying (and so is Dave Taylor)
just my opinion delete it if you want, like the last opinion I had.
Thanks for stopping by, Muksil, but generally I don't tolerate people being rude in comments, whether it's to me or to someone else on the site. Just FYI.
I tried to get used to the damn gmail threading but it is the most STUPIDLY infexible scheme imagable. Even the search "of all things" is poor.
I have gone back to aol because (1) when i want to look at mail chronologically i can't do it in gm, (2) when i want to separate a message and reply its a total stinker to do and (3) when I want to see in a simple chrono view what correspondance i have had with jon doe i cant do it.
Getting used to it doesnt work -- it stinks. Imagine going back to aol of all things
It seems so Microsofty for Google to FORCE you to use features that a few deem to be "so darn useful"
My vote is for a "Dont thread conversations" option and even a "remove this from conversation" button for individual emails a person may want to target or segregate.
Question: When is a "feature" an annoyance?
Answer: When it's NOT OPTIONAL!
Must say that I hate the threading feature as well. I'm in the middle of organising a recruitment for a new headteacher: I'm away from home so am not downloading via Outlook and have now found that I've missed half the emails to me because they were placed in a thread. Can't believe that Google have had this for over two years without the ability to turn it off.
Hate it! Hate it! Hate it!
If the way gmail organizes conversations is considered a "feature", I must be missing something. I forward messages I receive at another address. Gmail lumps forwarded messages together in some almost random fashion even from different senders. These are in no way "conversations". Since not all messages forwarded from this server are lumped together, it seems that gmail is using some strange algorithm for parsing "similarity" based on factors other than the email address of the original sender. Once a "conversation" is established, there is no way to break it apart into separate conversations.
Also, grouping all messages from a given correspondent might be OK (assuming that actually happened), but one would certainly like to be able to delete part of that "history", without deleting the whole conversation.
Overall, this "feature" was clearly not well thought out or simply poorly implemented.
"I suggest instead that you might spend a few weeks trying to get used to it."
Yea. I have few weeks to try to get used to it.
Thank you very much, industry guru Dave Taylor!!!!!!!!
I had a suggestion for you, industry guru Dave Taylor. But you promptly deleted it from this conversation.
Please don't patronize your visitors.
Al, the comment I deleted from you said "You suck!" and that's all you said, after quoting my comment about getting used to Gmail threading because there's no way to turn it off. Is that your definition of a "suggestion" and a contribution to the discussion, Al? Then no last name and a bogus email address when you leave a comment? I'd love to have you leave useful and interesting commentary, but so far, you haven't done so.
The threading in gmail is the worst in any mail application I have ever used. Mails should not be grouped just because they share the same subject. Some people do not set the subejcts correctly, which has caused me lot of irritation and made me miss mails.
For notifcations from system monitoring it is vital that the mails can be sorted in chronooligical order.
I do not recommend using gmail in a professional environment due to this threading.
You are right, Dave, I have no constructive suggestion for this problem. That is exactly what pisses me off. Google does not even want to admit that it is a problem for many users. Or that they are working to make the threading an option. They just say that "others like it", putting me in position to take it or leave it. I am switching to a different email provider.
I just wanted to explain why seeing comments like "get used to it" is so maddening. Sorry for my angry outburst.
It is funny that this conversation has been going on for 3 years and most of the people are saying the same thing "Give us the option to turn off conversations". I also hate it. I prefer the structure of Yahoo. But Yahoo's email system is so unreliable.
I have my email forwarded to both a Gmail and a Yahoo account. The emails arrive faster at Gmail. I have few technical problems with Gmail. Yahoo has so many "temporary problems". I hate it. But I can not get used to the Gmail "conversations".
If Gmail ever allows the feature to turn off conversations, I would switch in a minute.
Even if they kept the features, but allowed the conversations to be sorted by when the last email to that group was received, it would be fine. This way you don't have to look 3 pages down to find an email from a freind you wrote to 3 weeks ago and just replied to it. I may be doing something wrong, but I miss a ton of emails if I can't view things by date received!!! Anyone know if there is a way to do that at least? Any ideas???
Use Thunderbird and use Gmail free POP access to get mail into Thunderbird. There you can select your view - conversation or otherwise.
Some people use multiple computers to access email.
In this case local email client is not an option.
threading is sooooooooooooooooooo irratitating it should be up to g mail to decide i want to group messages.
It makes it so much harder to find e mails and dont tell me to get used to it because I have had g mail for a long time and i will never like this feature.
Several times I had to shuffle the cards to figure out if I have replied to an important email and failed! This conversation threading is not a feature, it is a scoff.
I came here to figure out how to display this stupid feature. It's awful!!! gmail in unusable. If you send and recieve lots of emails, you just cant use it.
Google knows search, and not much else. Theres a reason 98% of their profit remains search, they can't do anything else right.
Following up on the objection to using local email client, you can use IMAP. That way, you can still use multiple computers.
For 2 years I have used pathetic Gmail for shopping, etc. to keep my primary email (Yahoo) free from spam. So, as for "time" helping you get "used to it," no... you don't get used to it. I hated that feature day one and I hate it now. I also hate that "label" thing and "archiving" which further confuses things. Since Yahoo doesn't have IMAP I am struggling syncing my Blackberry with Yahoo through Outlook. I can't seem to win this fight.
The answer here is simple, I say simple because you folks that "hate" the smart threading are obviously too simple minded. The answer: stop using gmail and go away so the MILLIONS of happy gmail users can have peace.
p.s. dave rules! But it looks like he is getting the Torches and PitchForks from the small mob here, sorry Dave.
gmail pro since '04
How to Delete a message from a Conversation
Sometimes, however, deleting entire conversations in one swoop may not be what you want. What if there's a particular message that is really not worthy of belonging to that conversation? What if Gmail has lumped together a messages that don't go together well, some of them ripe for deletion?
Delete an Individual Message in Gmail
To delete just one message (even from a conversation) in Gmail:
* Open the conversation that contains the message you want to delete.
* Expand the desired message.
* Click the down arrow next to Reply in the message's title bar.
- If you see no Reply and no arrow, click More Options.
* Select Delete this message.
I can't see how its confusing or hard to use in any scenario honestly, click on a the threaded correspondence it expands. Dave has shown in this post how a single click can expand all. One simple click how is this confusing or complicated?
Moreover it just makes sense, it is still behaving like you expect showing you the most recent message first, only grouped by subject, allowing it to be far more efficient and concise about the process.
It eliminates the trap where emailing becomes pointlessly forwarding and re-forwarding the same thing over and over plus a single sentence, or someone forwarding only part of the message and you having to go back and figure out what was accidentally or deliberately missed.
Its simplicity aside, you can search and sort in so many different ways in gmail no matter how you prefer it taking the time to just use the search feature will allow you to emulate any email services display to your taste.
I just see a great feature and lack of an open mind to embrace it or laziness getting in the way here, and its kinda sad.
I found this reply by Dave to be terribly arrogant and part of the reason why people get so frustrated with computer and software. Dave, it might be convenient and work well for YOU but not for everyone. I HATE this "feature" and found this blog whilst searching for a way to turn off conversations in gmail. Clearly, it's not all that wonderful for everyone.
Options are ALWAYS better than forcing people to organize their information in a certain way.
It's tempting to read through the comments and think that the general sense of the gmail user community is that this feature is bad. But since most people report having arrived here by Googling on something like disable gmail threading, there's a massive selection bias. 99% of people who enter that term, and therefore 99% of people who land on this page, already hate the threading feature.
Personally, I think the feature is awesome and intuitive. There are certainly valid reasons why someone might *not* like it, but even more valid reasons why offering both options is not practical for Google. Conversations are the backbone of virtually everything they do. Offering GMail in a non-conversation mode would be more like offering 2 different services than toggling a feature on and off.
Thankfully, if there are 1,000,000 email providers out there, there are 999,999 who offer non-threaded messaging, so there's plenty to choose from. It's worth noting that the one that offers this feature set, and has since its launch, also grew larger faster than any (almost any?) of the other 999,999. So someone other than me must like it. :-)
Large part of gmail users do not want conversation threading. Outlook ot Thunderbird IMAP is not an option for those who need web mail access from multiple computers.
Yet Google refuses to make it an option.
To turn it OFF or ON.
We are not stuck with Goolag, are we?
What web mail besides gmail you like?
Google desided we should get used to it.
Take it or leave it.
Well, vote with your legs, people.
In my opinion Gmail through Outlook looked like a train wreck due to the conversation feature and the labels. Plus is was slow. Yahoo was much better but it has no IMAP capability making things a bit harder (but not impossible) if you want to sync multiple devices accessing Yahoo. AOL has IMAP and was far faster than Gmail but no SSL enabled. There is "choice" out there... but from what I have experienced there is something lacking from each company.
I don't quite understand the anger though... what works for one might not for another. Someone is not lazy or stupid because they like the interface to look or act differently than someone else.
I believe one of the main reasons Gmail cleaned up is not its conversation feature but its IMAP capability - if Yahoo gets IMAP they would be capable of meeting all my email needs. I wish "somebody" would meet them and I really don't care what company it ends up being...
I was a big user and supporter of the google products. I assumed from all the hype they had thought things through and were cool thinkers. But they are just wrong with this. And wrong to not allow sub-folders (please lord don't let anyone come back and say I just have to get used to "labels"). Changing things like this is like telling people to get used to cars with the gas pedal on the steering wheel. It's going too far. Threading/conversations have gotten me into trouble once too many times. - think I am done w the gmail experiment. I would bet they will one day relent but probably will take years...
I hate this feature so much. I think that it is totally confusing and useless. And it should be an option to turn it off. Unfortunately I have to give up gmail as my main mail account because of this.
Who would push everybody into such ugly, though useful sometimes, gmail threading feature? Nobody would insist on such crap if saw how old people look up the email address using the "Re" button. It causes their letters appear in the arbitrary "conversations". This is how I missed a very important message. I imagine a group if inventors of this feature and their friends which constantly praise each other. All legends must end sometime and Google is not an exception.
This is the feature from hell. Yes sometimes it is very elegant but other times it drives me crazy. For example my phone company mails me a sound file when someone leave a voice mail. They are have the same subject and google groups them all together. So the message that grandma left a month ago get grouped with the message my boss left this morning.
Just get used to it?
Sure...like I'll get used to the dentist's drill.
If I have to spend weeks getting used to something then it tells me my initial impression is correct:
Conversations "feature" sucks a big one.
P.S. I'm happy to see I'm not the only one.
This feature is more confusing than being helpful.. esp if one sends mail to same person on different subjects... Should be on/off for this feature.. soem may like.. some may not...
Hello everybody, I absolutely hate the "message threading" feature in Gmail. It may work for others, but for me is very confusing. Gmail should offer a preference to deactivate it...
I agree with most of the comments on here. Gmail threading is a total mess. It's just totally annoying and absolutely useless to organize emails this way. One major thing is if you send an email to a group of addresses and one gets sent back, and another person replies, both the "delivery failure" email and your emails with the person who responded are lumped into the same conversation...totally lame!
Another thing...Forwarding an email to somebody! That forwarded email now gets lumped into an entire string of emails what you sent. It's absolutely nuts! Just organize my emails by date sent PLEASE!! and don't lump my forwarded and responded emails with my received emails and delivery failure emails. This Gmail feature is a total waste of time.
Another thing, god forbid you use Outlook for your Gmail emails....Your sent emails sometimes end up getting put into your INBOX in Outlook.
I hate the 'conversation' feature too! I use Outlook to check my gmail account from home because the threading feature has made me incorrectly include people in replies or forwards that I did not want to include and I just can't take that chance -- I only send New mail when checking gmail online, otherwise it's all from outlook -- what a waste because of one bad unchangable irritating feature! please listen up, gmail and just give us the choice
Dave probably lots of people have said this already, but conversation view just doesn't do the job it's supposed to. It both splits up real conversations can combines them incorrectly. I could live whith this for new mail, but it becomes almost impossible to use when you are reviewing old conversations of say a few months ago. It's plain wrong. Everything else about gmail is very good so I still use it as a search tool (Outlook it practically incapable of searching)
PS I have never met a computer-literate person who likes Conversation View (except on bull boards). It eliminates one of computings basic tools - SORT
"I suggest instead that you might spend a few weeks trying to get used to it. Once you're comfortable with it, I think you'll find it a very elegant way to keep track of your email discussions."
That's like saying "Spanish is such a wonderful language that, if you don't like the fact that our website is written only in Spanish, you should try learning Spanish before you complain." Spanish really IS a wonderful language, but anyone who wants me to use their website needs to put up English version.
Put me on the list of people who hate this feature. I've been wanting to switch to gmail for years but won't do it because of the conversation mode. Now I need a webmail and I'm going to have to pick yahoo or something. I can't believe there is no option to turn this off.
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
buying you a cup of coffee!||
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