Google Mail: Edit Subject of a Conversation Thread

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Google Mail: Edit Subject of a Conversation Thread

In Google Mail, you can change the subject of a mail conversation that has already been started. When you do this and send the email, the recipients will receive the email in their inbox as a new conversation.


If you simply want each email you receive (including those with the same subject line) to appear as a new conversation thread, see the Google Mail: Turn Off Conversation View help page.

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the "Mail" link.
  3. Log in to Google Mail using your CedarNet username and password.
  4. Click the mail conversation you want to reply to with an edited subject.
  5. In the text box with the message "Click here to Reply or Forward," click "Reply."
  6. To the left of the name of the person you are replying to, click the dropdown arrow. A pop-up menu appears.
  7. From the pop-up menu, click “Edit subject.” Gmail’s new compose/reply window will appear for you to type your reply.
  8. To edit the subject, click the cursor into the subject field and make the desired changes.  


If you would like to change the conversation thread of a message that you are forwarding, you can complete these same steps. In step 5, simply click to "Forward" the message instead of reply to it.

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