Reply to Gmail messages

You can reply only to the person who sent you an email, or to everyone who received the email.  

Reply to messages

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. Below the message, click Reply or Reply to all.
  4. Click Send. If you click Send + Archive , the conversation will also be archived, or removed from your inbox until someone else replies. Learn more about archiving.

Respond with Smart Reply suggestions

You can see Smart Reply suggestions based on the email you received. To quickly start your reply, click a phrase. You can edit your reply before sending.

To turn Smart Reply on or off: 

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Next to "Smart Reply," choose to turn Smart Reply on or off

Turn off Nudges

You might see old emails at the top of your inbox with a suggestion to reply or follow up. 

To hide these suggestions:

  1. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings.
  2. In the "Nudges" section, uncheck Suggest emails to reply to or Suggest emails to follow up on.

Make "Reply all" your default setting

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "Default reply behavior" section, select Reply all.

You can still choose to reply to just one person, but "Reply to all" will be the first option.

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