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Gmail launched a new composer interface today. In the new interface, I can't figure out how to pop out a draft reply into a separate window. Sometimes it's nice to have the extra space.

Is this possible?

This is what my compose screen looks like:

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This is how to do it as of the Oct 2018 version of gmail. It requires 2 steps:

  1. shift + r or shift + click Reply to "Reply with Pop Out". This will open the reply in a "pop out dialog", but it's still in the same browser tab.

  2. Next, find the "Exit full-screen" button in the upper right corner.

If you do shift + click [Exit full-screen], it will open the Reply window in a new browser window.

If you do ctrl + click [Exit full-screen] (or cmd on mac), it will open the Reply window in a new browser tab.

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There are two ways to do this:

  1. From within the inline message, you can start a separate conversation:
    Start
    and then press this arrow:
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  2. Press the new window arrow all the way on top of the email thread:
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In the black bar at the top of the new Compose window there is a diagonal arrow (in between the Minimize and Close icons). This works only for new emails for which you hit the red "Compose" button. This will open a new window.

Edit: For replies, there is no way to do this AFAIK. The simplest workaround is to hold Shift then Click. Otherwise you'll need to revert to the old Compose functionality.

  • I have no black bar or diagonal arrow. See the screenshot in my edit. – Matthew Oct 31 '12 at 22:52
  • Ahhh, sorry, didn't realize you were talking about a reply. Edited my answer accordingly – OnenOnlyWalter Oct 31 '12 at 22:55
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The best solution is holding Shift while clicking the "fullscreen" arrow for the email reply or draft you are currently composing.

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In the "inline reply", click on the reply drop down list to choose the type of reply. From that list, choose "Start separate conversation".

  • Weirdly named--I tested this, and it doesn't actually start a separate conversation (my reply showed up in the same conversation). But it does solve my issue perfectly, so thanks. – Matthew Nov 9 '12 at 16:48
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    GMail must have updated yet again, as you can now choose "Pop out reply" from that reply drop down list. It's still in the same location as your answer, so +1. – JBert Dec 20 '13 at 20:13
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    This answer is obsolete at this time. – Rubén Jul 17 '15 at 15:24
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As of a few minutes ago on Firefox Opensuse, only one of wisbucky's two alternatives above worked for me. The path starting from shift + click Reply leads to the same constricted textbox to enter the reply. What worked was:

This is how to do it as of January 14, 2019 on Firefox on Opensuse:

shift + r

to "Reply with Pop Out". This will open the reply in a "pop out dialog", but it's still in the same browser tab.

Next, find the "Exit full-screen" button in the upper right corner.

If you do

shift + click [Exit full-screen]

it opens the Reply window in a new browser window, and I can compose and view my draft answer using nearly the full display area of the browser.

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The pop-out thing, a small diagonal arrow, is up at the top of the whole mail thread, not in the in-line compose window. Pop out the thread and the compose window comes with it.

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hold the shift key when clicking on Reply

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