When I delete or archive a message in Gmail, it automatically shows the next message in the preview pane.

Is there any way to turn that off? I want the preview pane to show "No conversations selected" instead.

I have tried going to advanced settings, enabling auto-advance and then disabling it in general, but it does not work.


Seems like I presented an XY-problem, but what I want to achieve in the end is having the preview pane and being able to delete a mail without marking another mail as read, but at the same time, I want to mark mails i actively clicked on as read.

  • How would you get rid of the preview normally?
    – Blindspots
    Jan 11 at 23:10
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    @Blindspots I have not found a good way to do it. I can reload the page. But on the other hand, I never have a need to do that. Maybe I asked an XY-problem. My main problem is that messages are marked as being read. I want them to be marked as read only when I manually read them. I guess I could as a workaround set the time for marking as read to 3 seconds and then reload after I have deleted a mail. But that feels very clunky.
    – klutt
    Jan 12 at 1:52
  • I get it. I don't use that feature in Gmail and when I tested it earlier I didn't notice that it was marking them read. I always set Outlook preview to not mark as read when selection changes back in the day for the same reason as you. Not sure what to suggest. F5 is a quick page refresh, or you can automate something using an add-on to refresh it for you whenever you click archive or delete. I did Automate sonething so that when I open a new tab in Gmail I'm returned to the original tab so if you can figure out exactly how to "undo" the behavior you could create an automation based on that.
    – Blindspots
    Jan 12 at 4:28
  • Preview means you have read it. You are trying to have it both ways. Maybe use a 3rd party mail client. Jan 12 at 13:28
  • @RohitGupta Well, if it didn't flip to another mail after deletion, my problem would be solved.
    – klutt
    Jan 12 at 13:43


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