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I have started using split screen using "Preview Pane" in Gmail which is a new feature in Gmail (according to me).

How to close opened mail ?

Suppose I have clicked on a mail, that mail will be opened below mail list. I am not able to close that mail.

I want the screen as follows. Currently I am refreshing entire page to get such result.

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  • The mode is called Preview Pane for anyone who wants to have a look at it. Also I couldnt find a way de-select a message other than refreshing the page.
    – Matt
    Aug 12, 2011 at 12:24

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You have to enable keyboard shortcuts.

If you have the feature enabled, after you previewed an email, to "close" the preview, click u.

  • Isn't there any switch to close it ? Aug 12, 2011 at 13:08
  • None that I know of (or see).
    – Alex
    Aug 12, 2011 at 13:49
  • OK then ! Accepted ! Aug 12, 2011 at 14:06
  • This is brilliant!
    – pratnala
    Feb 5, 2014 at 13:23
  • 3
    10 years later and this is still useful - gets the "refresh" button back after you preview a mail, which I need to tell gmail to fetch from a POP server, nice!
    – CupawnTae
    Mar 18, 2021 at 13:55

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