Thursday, April 04, 2013

How to change the subject line when forwarding in the new new new Gmail

(The following refers to what your Google is calling "Gmail's new compose and reply experience, speaking of words I'm thoroughly tired of.)

It took me a few minutes' hunting to find out how to do this, so I figured I'd pass it along in case the excessively subtle immediate visual cue escapes your attention as well.

If you're forwarding a message and you want to change the subject line from the default fwd: [original subject line], do the following.

  1. Click the  ⇨ ▾ button next to the To: button
  2. Click Edit subject on the drop-down menu

As always, changing the subject line in the message you forward will cause this message to be separated from the conversation thread (those messages sharing the original subject line) in your Sent folder.

hth.

27 comments:

Brendan Keefe said...

And no, I have no idea why the powers that be saw fit to include ⬆, ⬇, ⬈, ⬉, ⬊, ⬋, ⬌, and ⬍ among the Unicode set, but not a left- or rightward pointing one.

Brendan Keefe said...

P.S. ➡ doesn't quite do it. Where's the head?

Richard A Pawlowski said...

Thank you.....

Rick Pawlowski

Brendan Keefe said...

y/w. Thanks for letting me know it helped.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Brendan Keefe said...

y/w!

Karin Clarke said...

thank you for this info!! This also works for sending a reply if you need to change the subject header!!

Brendan Keefe said...

Thanks for the additional tip, Karin!

Toqua's Crafts said...

Thank you so much!

Brendan Keefe said...

You're welcome! Thanks for letting me know the tip helped.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - I change the subj line a lot to make sure no one misses the latest info and I had not found that option yet. Again Thanks

Paul Beigang said...

Is there a way to show the subject in forwarded mails as default?

Brendan Keefe said...

Could you rephrase or elaborate, please, Paul? I don't understand what you're asking.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this information. Not being able to change the subject line was driving me crazy. Knowing that the ability was there all this time is exasperating since I thought I tried everything. Thank you again!

adosehovic said...

Is there a way to show the subject in forwarded mails as default?
That means can I don't want to klick ''edit subject'' every time. I want to make it default. I want to see the subject every time.

CorningNY said...

Thank you! I was baffled until I found your tip!

CG said...

Thank you Brendan! This was making me very Grinch-y till I found your post. Who thought putting it with the "to" box was intuitive? Some lateral hire from Microsoft, I bet.

Brendan Keefe said...

Some lateral hire from Microsoft, I bet.

ROFL!

-- or --

Perish The Thought! (<-- automated Google input)

Dave said...

Huge... Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you

sweet daana said...

Thank you so much! I thought it was impossible at all. In the previous version of Gmail it was much more visible. :)

Jackie said...

thanks so much - you saved a blood vessel!

Tits & Teeth said...

Thank You!!! :)

Brendan Keefe said...

You're welcome, everybody! Thanks for letting me know it helped.

Tits & Teeth -- aka Mad Cow? ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Since Long I was searching for that :)

Dr. Moore said...

You are a saint. Thank you for ending my interminable exasperation. Dr. M

Anonymous said...


thank you!!!!

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