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I am using Gmail webmail in Safari and Chrome on a Mac. Often I want to send a new message to all the same people as in an old email in my inbox. My workflow for this is as following:

  • click compose
  • find an old email, and click show details
  • copy everything in to: and paste to new message
  • copy from: and paste to new message
  • find my own address and delete it

This workflow is very tedious, and there is a high risk that I do something wrong when copying the recipients. Is there a better way? -some shortcut or something that allows me to use Reply to all as a way to make a new message to all.

EDIT:

It has been suggested to use Reply to all and then edit the subject. The problem with that is that the email does not lose its connection to the previous thread. I have sent a test to myself and looking at the source(Show original), I can see the ID of the previous thread under References: and In-Reply-To:. Maybe I should not worry about this!? -or maybe there are e-mail clients, that sort the treads from these pieces of information, and not just the subject!?

Example: By replying to a message, and sending it to myself, the source looks like this: Message source

The ID, ...QYT_Q@... is the ID of the message, that I made the reply to.

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Reply to the email then delete all the pre-populated content?

A 'reply' is really just a new email that contains the same subject, sometimes with RE: appended to it.

If you just delete this content (the subject and the mail body) then there's no link between this 'new' email, and the one you actually replied to - except it'll keep all the To: and Cc: information.

  • I do not think that the email loses its connection to the previous tread. I have send a test to myself, and looking at the source(Show original), I can see the ID of the previous tread under References: and In-Reply-To:. – hpekristiansen Jul 9 '18 at 13:06
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  • go in Sent Mail
  • find an email that has recipients you want
  • open it
  • hit Reply
  • click on "back arrow" (see gif bellow)
  • select Edit Subject and edit it (note that it must be different than initial subject)
  • delete body of the email
  • write what you want and send it

EDIT:

GIF: https://i.stack.imgur.com/m6Lvs.gif (open in new tab)

  • I do not think that the email loses its connection to the previous tread. I have send a test to myself, and looking at the source(Show original), I can see the ID of the previous tread under References: and In-Reply-To:. – hpekristiansen Jul 9 '18 at 13:06
  • @hpekristiansen I just double check it and it does loses its connection. like I wrote: you need to change Subject and delete old email body – user0 Jul 9 '18 at 13:29
  • Yes, but it is not enough. -see my question edit. – hpekristiansen Jul 9 '18 at 13:38
  • @hpekristiansen see my edit / proof – user0 Jul 9 '18 at 15:54
  • OK - that is strange, because that is not what happens, when I do it. -see added example. – hpekristiansen Jul 9 '18 at 18:49

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