Want to save a single email from gmail to disk, in a readable format for Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail? Here’s how:
- Open your browser and log into your gmail account.
- Open the email you want to save.
- On the top-right, there is a little triangle next to the “Reply” button. Click that, and select “Show Original”.
- The original, raw email opens in a new window or tab.
- Right-click on this new window, and select “Save as…”.
- When saving the file, make sure the extension of the filename is “eml“. So for example “MyEmail.eml”.
All done. Now you dan open the file in Thunderbird, Outlook or whatever email viewer you have out there and see the original mail, in all it’s marked-up glory.
What If Gmail Had Been Designed by Microsoft?“. He ends up with a userinterface which is very much like the hotmail I knew before I replaced it with my current gmail account.
Have fun reading.
p.s. Did you notice that the gmail space has increased to around 5GB lately? Google continues to amaze (frighten?) me at how much data they can store.
Yup, you’ve guessed it. User error. There I was in my last post complaining that gmail was down, while actually my ADSL modem needed a good reset. At work, I could access gmail, and when I got home, I had the same problem as yesterday. I cleared the browser cache, still no result. Then I resetted my ADSL modem, and presto: I could log in again. Really strange error…
Sorry gmail, my mistake. But yes, I am going to back up my mail now
Great, gmail is down for days now. I really hope it will return soon, so I can back up that mail to my server. By going down, Google showed me how much I came to rely on them, while they’re actually unreachable when something happens, and I don’t even have backups of my own mails! I really like gmail and the way it organizes your mail by -ehrm- not organizing it (when it’s up, that is).
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