Much as I love Gmail, I don't love how messy it can be. Messy interface, messy layout, and, sometimes, messy emails.
Specifically, after a few messages go back and forth between you and someone else (that's called a thread), you end up with a lengthy, cluttered, messy explosion of text.
This is true of pretty much any email client or service, of course, but in Gmail, at least, there's a way around it.
Instead of simply clicking Reply, which, by default, quotes the entire original email (and all subsequent replies) in your reply, do this:
In the sender's message, select the text you're actually replying to--the meat of the message, as it were--and then click Reply.
When Gmail creates that reply, it will include only that highlighted text, not the entire chain of messages. Translation: a lot less mess.
Now, there may be times when you prefer to keep the entire thread, especially when it's business correspondence and you need to refer to earlier conversation. But I think this is a great way to keep email shorter and sweeter, and to help the recipient see exactly what your reply pertains to.
Must give credit where it's due: I first read about this tip over at Gizmodo.
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