When using CTRL+Left Click to open emails in new tabs they are 'dependent' on the tab from which they were opened, which I don't want.

Example of problem:

  1. From Tab 1: Gmail inbox I CTRL+Left Click an email, and it opens in Tab 2: Email with an URL on the form https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&view=btop&ver=...

  2. I close Tab 1: Gmail inbox, and Tab 2: Email also closes, which is undesired. There are some other similar undesired effects of this dependent mode.

When an email is opened normally with just a Left Click the URL is on the form https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/... and the tab is completely independen of all other tabs.

I am looking for a convenient way of opening emails in new tabs that are independent from the tab from which it was opened.

  • I don't think it's possible in Chrome or Firefox to close the main Gmail page while keeping messages open, but it does work in the Microsoft browsers.
    – harrymc
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 8:50

2 Answers 2


there is the option to use old school basic view with URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/

then you can use freely even middle-button-mouse-click


You can hit the Print button when viewing an individual email (icon that looks like a printer, in the upper right).

For me (Chrome browser), this brings up a simplified view of the email in a new tab, and a print dialog. Hitting Cancel on the print dialog leaves the tabbed view of the email, and this tab persists even when the main GMail tab is closed.

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