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I posted an ad on a website and when people respond, I get an email from post@example.com titled like this:

Reply to your "1999 Pontiac Sunfire - As Is" ad on Example.com

If two people reply to my advert in one day, I get two of these from the same bot sender and they end up in the same Gmail conversation, even though they're really from two different people.

Is it possible for me to "split" this conversation into two or more conversations so that I can keep track of which people I've replied to and who I have not?

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Unfortunately it is not possible to split Gmail threads. However, you can mark some messages as "unread from here". When you reply, change the title and reply in a new composing window, so that at least the follow-ups are split.

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You can also turn off conversation view, which is a new Gmail feature as of today:

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/turn-off-gmails-conversation-view.html

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This helps somewhat, as you can at least label the messages individually, but once you turn conversation view back on(my problem isn't with the view but the fact these messages have nothing to do with each other), they still get collapsed together and come up in each other's label results. –  Su' Jun 4 '11 at 21:35
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Log into your Gmail.

Settings Tab

Simply click on the Settings Tab (Cog shaped wheel) as per the image above, then click on Settings. Scroll down to "Conversation View", select conversation view "On" button.

Scroll to bottom of screen and click on "Save Changes" tab.

You're done!

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I don't think this answers the question. The OP wants to "split" a SPECIFIC conversation, not disable conversation view completely. –  Vidar S. Ramdal Oct 9 '13 at 9:10
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Click on the cog icon and scroll down to and click on settings. Scroll down to "conversation view" and click to turn it off. Save at the bottom, log out then log back in and all of your emails will be separated regardless of subject :)

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Perhaps you can show us, with a screenshot, where the cog exactly is? –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra May 23 '13 at 11:34
    
Thank you for your suggestion, but this answer already suggested turning off conversation view. –  Al E. May 23 '13 at 12:41
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Yes, you can split conversations using a regular IMAP-client. Move one of the two messages to a different folder (label) using the IMAP-client and then move it back to the original folder (label).

If you set the draft flag in your external IMAP-client you can also edit the message to add keywords etc.

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When replying you can change the subject, that will push the conversation from that point forward to a new conversation.

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You could always forward the conversation to yourself with a new subject. You'll lose the original sender, but you can add that to the message body so it's still searchable.

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better yet, edit the subject line to add the sender's name –  moioci Jul 20 '10 at 6:05
    
I do the same thanks –  charles Sep 15 '13 at 19:19
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