How can I create a template email in Gmail that will bring up the template and let me fill in a couple of fields in the Recipient list, Subject and Body of the email?


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The Gmail feature Canned responses does just that.

  1. Click Compose and write your template
  2. Click on Canned responses and then New canned response... to save it

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Next time you need to write a template email, click on Canned responses and select the template from the Load list.

  • Canned responses doesn't save Subjects, so sadly, it does not do 'just that'. (OP specified subject as one of the fields he wished to be saved in the template)
    – user24164
    Sep 7, 2012 at 23:49
  • @John: The OP asked for the ability to modify the subject.
    – dnbrv
    Sep 8, 2012 at 14:36
  • Canned responses doesn't save Subjects: that's no longer true. It does save the subject but won't fill the field if it's not empty, i.e., it only works if you didn't write any subject yet.
    – brasofilo
    Dec 7, 2018 at 21:42

Gmail have changed a lot since this question was posted. Nowadays instead of Canned Reponses it use the term Templates but it's disabled by default.

  • To enable Templates go to Gmail Settings, then to the Advanced tab.
  • To create, change, insert or delete a template, click on Compose, then on the More menu > Templates

For details see Create email templates.

NOTE: Templates could be used for auto-replies by using a filter.

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