Manage Gmail replies and learn the various options for replying to Gmail messages in this free lesson.
Sometimes when you view an email, you'll notice that it's grouped with several other related emails. This is called a conversation. Gmail groups related emails into conversations to help keep your inbox as neat and organized as possible. Instead of selecting a single email from your inbox, you're actually selecting the entire conversation, and you can then choose to view or minimize individual emails.
When you're viewing your inbox, you can tell how many messages there are in each conversation by finding the number next to the name of the sender.
When you go on vacation, you may be unwilling or unable to check your email for several days or more. The email will still be in your inbox when you get back, so it may not be a problem. However, if someone sends you an urgent message that needs a response the same day, this person may not realize that you won't receive the message in time.
You can prevent this by creating a vacation reply, which will automatically send a reply to anyone who emails you. Your vacation reply can contain any message you want, but usually it will include the date you plan to return and your contact information while you are out of town (or possibly the contact information of a coworker who can handle questions while you're gone).
When your vacation reply is active, there will be a bar at the top of the Gmail window showing your message. To end the vacation reply, click End now.
For this challenge, you can use an email in your inbox. If you don't have an email in your inbox, you can complete the challenge from our previous lesson and use it.