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The new gmail compose experience has advantages but also drawbacks, the most obvious being the fact that it uses different paradigms for new emails and for replies. Let me explain: if I click the compose button, I get a pop-up window on the right corner of the screen which is OK, since I can browse other emails or web content without loosing the composition context. But when I choose the reply option, the compose window uses the old composition style, i.e.: gets mingled in the middle the mail text. This gets even worst when replying in the context of a conversation.

So my question is: 1) why using two different styles of composition, and 2) is there a way to reply using the same style.

N.B.: I've seen replies to this question that suggest pressing Shift and click Reply: this is not a solution, because in this case I get a new browser window with the same garbled text, and not the compose pop-up.

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We can't answer the "why" part of your question. Only Google could provide you with the logic behind their design decisions. –  Al E. Apr 30 '13 at 0:11
    
Ok, I understand... What about the second part? Is there a way to force it? –  jqr May 1 '13 at 13:49
    
Without using shift-reply and opening a new browser window? Not that I've found, no. –  Al E. May 1 '13 at 14:34
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