Manage Gmail replies and learn the various options for replying to Gmail messages in this free lesson.
Most of the time, you will be replying to an email someone else sends you instead of composing a new message. When you reply, the recipient's email address will automatically appear in the To: field, so you won't need to worry about choosing the recipient.
Sometimes you'll receive emails where you're not the only recipient, and you'll need to decide whether you want to reply just to the person who sent the message or Reply to all (the sender and all recipients). For example, if you're collaborating with a group of people via email, you'll probably want to Reply to all so everyone gets the message. However, if you want to send a more private message to the sender, you'll need to select the Reply option so the message stays between the two of you.
To see the text of the original email while you're replying, click the gray button in the lower left-hand corner of the window, right above the Send button.
You can also choose to forward an email. This basically works the same as replying, but it's used to send the email to someone who wasn't one of the original recipients. Just like a reply, the original message will appear as a quote. It's usually a good idea to include a brief message of your own to explain why you're forwarding the email.