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I mean, threaded conversations is useful, but sometimes I want to view messages the way e-mail clients traditionally did, with each message its own entity.

How can I do that without using an external tool?

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The Gmail blog has just announced a new feature that allows you to do this here:

Turn off Gmail's conversation view

Go to the main Settings page, look for the "Conversation View" section, select the option to turn it off, and save changes.

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awesome, I was just about to post this here. Major change in direction.. – Jeff Atwood Sep 30 '10 at 0:17

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