I dislike the compose window anchored to the side of my Gmail window. Is there a way to force Gmail to default to the pop-out window without having to select it with every email?

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    At the moment, holding shift while clicking the Reply button does this. – peteorpeter Sep 18 '15 at 14:52

You can press shift when clicking compose. Would be good if you didn't even need to do that though.

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    This works also when clicking on the Reply button. – Marco Lackovic May 29 '16 at 10:43

In the lower right hand corner of the compose window, click the little triangle to see more options. Click the Default to full-screen option.

There does not seem to be a way to may the reply button always go to pop out window though.

  • This doesn't answer the question; Molly wants pop-out windows for replies. This answer tells you how to take an already popped-out compose window and make it full screen by default. The "default to full-screen" option is also available only on new Compose windows, not on replies that have been popped-out. – John Hart Jan 22 '16 at 0:59

To enable the new compose feature do the following:

  • Click compose
  • Look for the link "Try out the new compose experience" it is on the same line as send/save now/ discard/labels.
  • Click through the demo screens and now you are set to always use the new compose pop out feature.

To go back tot he old style of compose:

  • Click compose
  • In the lower right corner of the pop out window is a small menu next to the trashcan.
  • The first item in the menu is "switch back to the old compose"

One way to solve your issue is to switch to the old Gmail interface using the browser extension Retro Compose (Chrome), Old Compose (Chrome+Firefox), or Fix Compose for Gmail:

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  • The link to Retro Compose is broken. Google took me here. Unfortunately, I installed this but it didn't work (in numerous ways). – GreenAsJade Jul 25 '17 at 5:21
  • All of the links in the answer are now broken. – WBT Nov 28 '17 at 0:23

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