I often like to create links to specific email threads and put them in my calendar so that I have the relevant information at my fingertips.

Ever since I enabled the preview pane, this has been impossible.

Does anyone know how I can get it?

Maybe some button I have to press or perhaps even a userscript that I can use with TamperMonkey?

  • I don't use the preview pane with Gmail, so I'm not sure if this will work... If you "shift-click" the email in the Inbox list, it should open the message in a new window. You should be able to grab the URL of that window to get a direct link to that message. Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 23:50
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    I tried that. The URL does not work.
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 23:52
  • This work? webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/21020/… Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 18:25
  • I am looking for a way to access the email from a calendar item. I don't like to label and star things because i just need it for one it two things and that feels too disorganized.
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 19:15
  • This seems like a totally basic function for email and I can't believe it's taken me this long to notice that it's broken. I can't function without the preview pane and it's way too much of a pain in the ass to disable it just to get a URL. Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 16:12

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This is a major kludge, but will do the trick. First install the bookmarklet from this answer.

javascript:window.location="https://gmail.com/#search/rfc822msgid:"+encodeURIComponent(window.document.body.innerHTML.match(/Message-ID: <(.*)>/)[1])+"/"+encodeURIComponent(window.location.search.toString().slice(1).split('&').filter(function(x){return x.slice(0,3) == "th="})[0].slice(3));

Then follow these instructions.

  1. Click the menu button to the right of the message's "reply-to" button and select Show original. enter image description here
  2. After the message's raw source is shown on a new tab (it will resemble the below screenshot), click the bookmarklet.

    enter image description here
  3. A new tab will now open with the regualrly formatted message. You can now bookmark or copy the message's URL.
  • No longer works. Gmail changed something on us, again.
    – bgoodr
    Commented Feb 25, 2018 at 18:03

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