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When composing, my text area is usually large enough, but in replies I seem to have about 17-lines visible, and almost always have issues when scrolling to see what was typed before (either response or my own text).

Is there any way to resize the text area for the reply box when in (my preferred) rich-text mode?

rich text gmail reply, no resize

In plain-text mode, the reply window can be resized (and is much larger initially, anyway):

plain text gmail reply, resize

Okay, I use a custom signature, and if I deleted that, I'd gain another 5 lines -- but being able to custom set the size of the rich-text reply window would be best.

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In the browsers I've tested (Chrome, Firefox and Epiphany on GTK under Linux) the rich text edit area automatically resizes to the size of the window. Is this not the case for you? –  Mike Houston Oct 12 '10 at 15:22
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I have not experienced any resizing with FF3.6 or FF4, or under Chrome (all w/in WinXP). –  Michael Paulukonis Oct 13 '10 at 16:46
    
This is still an annoyance with the "new" gmail IMO. The old interface was much better in this respect. –  w3d Nov 10 '12 at 10:52

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It's not really possible, unless there is a script to do it. One thing that you can try, just to get some more lines inside the editor, is to Reply (or Compose) in a separate window. You can achieve that by holding Shift and clicking on Reply button (or Compose).

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Not my preferred solution, but a sideways solution. Thanks! –  Michael Paulukonis Oct 12 '10 at 14:06

In Chrome at least you can widen then To or CC field and the reply text grows with it. This doesn't help height, only width. And thanks for the new window tip, I'll use that.

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I remember the first version of Google Chrome allow you to resize any multi-line text input form. It still works on most pages except gmail.

I believe there was a firefox greasemonkey script that does this also, if it's absolutely necessary.

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install this script: http://userstyles.org/styles/userjs/27916/Bigger%20Gmail%20compose%20box%20(tested%202010-05-04).user.js

from website: http://userstyles.org/styles/27916

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It doesn't allow the box to be re-sized, but it IS bigger! Main page of script: userstyles.org/styles/27916/… –  Michael Paulukonis Jun 20 '11 at 12:57

You can resize the editor window by changing the iframe's height. The following steps are specific to Chrome, but you can probably do this with any browser. Also, this only works when replying, since when composing a new email, the editor window automatically resizes depending on the size of the browser window.

  • right-click anywhere in the editor window and select "inspect element"

  • find the iframe element in the DOM path at the bottom of the developer tools window

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  • set the iframe's height by adding something like "height: 100em" to the iframe's style

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Whilst this might be technically possible, it's not a practical solution as it's way too much hassle to have to do this every time. –  w3d Nov 10 '12 at 10:48

Gmail as of august 2013.

  1. Reply to email.
  2. Hold shift and press the normal reply button.
  3. Hold shift and press the expand window button.

Now you have a fully popped out reply screen.

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