How to turn conversations off in Gmail and Microsoft Outlook 2010

by Manshu on September 30, 2010

in Personal Technology

I started using MS Outlook 2010 a few weeks ago, and one of the first things I searched for was how to turn off the conversation view in Outlook. It confused me a little in the beginning, and it probably still will, and I just had to get rid of it. It’s really quite simple to turn off the conversation view in MS Outlook, as it just takes a couple of clicks.

Turn off conversations in Outlook 2010

Just click on “Arrange By”, and then click on “Show as Conversations”, and your view will default back to how it was in the earlier versions.

I wasn’t surprised to see how easy it was to turn it off given the great options that MS Office usually has, and I had happily forgotten about this neat little feature until today when Google announced that they too will allow you to turn off conversations in Gmail.

My first reaction to this was who’d want to do that right? And my second reaction was we are such slaves to our habits. I have no need to turn off conversations, but if you’d like to do it then go to Settings –> General –> Select Conversation View Off

Turn off Conversation in Gmail

Turn off Conversation in Gmail

It never occurred to me that you’d want to turn off conversations in Gmail, but a quick Google search showed that people were signing petitions to get this feature! It’s amazing how worked up some people can get over this kind of thing, oh well, at least it worked.

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