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View new emails through Gmail conversation threads



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Gmail's conversation view was groundbreaking when viewed 15 years ago. However, new messages are always displayed at the bottom of the thread instead of at the top. This is annoying for some longtime email users. Here's how to change it.

There is no easy way to change this.

Unfortunately, Gmail itself does not provide a simple one-click option that displays all new messages in a conversation thread. By default, Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail display new messages at the top of a conversation thread, but offer the option to place those messages below. We wish that Gmail would do the same.

Although Gmail does not make it as easy as we'd like, there are still ways to see new emails in Gmail in the foreground.

Option 1
: Turn off conversation view

If you do not want to use conversation view, turning it off is the simplest solution. In this case, each email is displayed one by one and not together in a conversation thread. This is the only built-in option to display new emails at the top of your Inbox.

To turn off conversation view in Gmail, click the gear in the upper-right corner of the Gmail Web site, then click Settings.

 Option

On the General tab that appears, scroll to the Conversation View option and choose Conversation View.

 The

setting Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

 Saving Your Changes

If you are satisfied with the result, your problem is resolved. However, if you do not want each new email to be displayed as a separate message, you can try the following.

Option Two: Using a browser extension

If you do not want to turn off conversation view, you can install a browser extension that will change the appearance of Gmail in your browser and display new emails above. Many people recommend Gmail Reverse Conversation, which is available for both Chrome and Firefox.

We like this extension because it works, but also because it has a public readable repository on Github where you can examine the source code of the browser extension. By default, messages with a thread will show the latest message below before installation.

 The default threading with the new email below

After you install the extension, the latest message appears at the top. As a bonus, the options "Reply" and "Forward" are now at the top.

This only works in web browsers where you have the extension installed. This does not apply to the Gmail mobile app.

 The changed threading with the new e-mail at the top

This extension changes Gmail's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) code. If you prefer to edit your own CSS, you can use the CSS used by the Gmail Reverse Conversation extension. This can be found in their GitHub repo. You can use this CSS because the developer "Tomasz" kindly licensed his extension with an MIT license that allows users to use their components for free.

Option 3: Use a desktop client such as Outlook or Apple Mail. [19659004] If you want to enable conversation view and can not install an extension or edit CSS, you can stop using the Gmail interface and use a different email client instead. Both Outlook and Apple Mail display conversational views with the newest one at the top. So, if you access Gmail from one of these clients, you'll get those elusive features.

We've shown you how to access a Gmail account by following these instructions to set up your own. In Outlook, you can make sure that new emails are in the foreground by ordering the emails after the received date. In Apple Mail, go to Mail> Preferences> Show and change "Show Last Message Above."

Unfortunately, there are no popular mobile email apps, including Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail on the iPhone, and Google's own Gmail app. This option is already integrated. There may be lesser known email apps with this feature, but we have not found any known email apps we can recommend.


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