Gmail always opens the message list after I delete the message I’m looking at. I finally got motivated enough (read: frustrated enough…) to figure out how to make Gmail show the next message after I delete the message I’m on. Surprisingly, it wasn’t easy to find in the Gmail Settings.
After deleting or archiving a message, you can have Gmail open the next message in the list automatically, or the previous one if you prefer.
This is not in the General Settings where you’d think such a common function would be. They’ve buried it in the Labs section of the Gmail Settings. You need to enable “Auto-advance.”
To turn on Gmail’s Auto-advance function…
- Select Settings in Gmail.
- Go to the Labs tab.
- Make sure Enable is selected for Auto-advance.
- Click Save Changes (at the very bottom.)
Now you can just read through your messages one by one instead of returning to the Gmail list every time. Enjoy!