How to Automatically Mark Emails as Read After Viewing Them in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What is the Preview Pane setting in Gmail

The Preview Pane setting allows you to specify how long you need to read an email for it to be marked as read automatically:

  • Immediately
  • After 1, 3 or 20 seconds
  • Never

How to specify when emails get marked as read in Gmail step-by-step with images

Step 1

Open Gmail https://gmail.com and click the Settings gear icon in the top right.

Step 2

Select See all settings.

Step 3

Under the General tab, find the Preview Pane setting.

Click Save Changes at the bottom after any updates.

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