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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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    This answer is obsolete at this time.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

There are two ways to do this:

  1. From within the inline message, you can start a separate conversation:
    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

The best solution is holding Shift while clicking the "fullscreen" arrow for the email reply or draft you are currently composing.

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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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.

I don't know why it's always 12 steps to do simple things in Google.

Opening email in a separate window is very useful when needing to reference other emails or needing write similar emails to multiple people.

There should be a setting where a separate window opens by default for composing and replies.

This was my main reason for also using GSSMO.

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