You wrote an article a long time ago about how it’s not possible to disable the “message threading” feature in Google’s Gmail [see Can I disable Gmail message threading?] but a friend told me that you CAN do just that. Is there an update for us Gmail users who hate this feature??
For years there have been Gmail users who hated the threading feature, the ability of Gmail to group together multiple messages with the same subject, because it was too easy for them to miss new messages, they didn’t know how to work with an individual message in a thread, etc.
Frankly, a quick read of the earlier blog post comments reveals an ugly mob scene, where users are standing outside the Google castle with pitchforks and burning torches, crying for the beast to be thrown out and punished.
Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but still, there are clearly a lot of Gmail users who would love nothing more than to disable threading or what Google apparently calls “conversation view” in Gmail and as of September 2010, you can indeed do just that!
First off, here’s a snippet of my inbox with conversation view / message threading enabled, as is usually the case in Gmail:
Here you can see the message from Google Grants on line five actually encompasses 13 individual email messages, all stuck together. I actually like this view and find it succinct and useful, but for purposes of discussion, I’ll disable Gmail conversation view so you can see how it’s done.
First step is to click on “Settings” on the top right:
Then about half-way down is the new setting:
Disable it, click on “Save Changes” at the bottom, and… done!
Now that same inbox looks like this:
That’s all there is to it. Since I actually prefer the message threading / conversation view in Gmail, I’ll reenable it by doing the same sequence, but if you don’t like this, you now have the option of disabling it completely!