Often you want to save a formatted Gmail message to your hard disk. Maybe it’s a license key or some design documentation that you want to save in version control. You can print the whole conversation as a pdf, but not just one message. And .html would be better than pdf. Well, here’s how.
As you know, you can already save a plain-text message by selecting “show original” from the drop-down menu in the top-right of the email. But it can look really ugly if it is an html message displayed in plain-text format.
And here’s the secret. Once you get your “show original” window up, your address bar will contain something like this:
Just change the bit that says “view=om&th” to “view=lg&msg”. Push <Enter>, and Bingo: it’s no longer plain text. Now save it as .html or as pdf.
Alternatively, below is a bookmarklet that achieves the same thing. To use it, just drag the link below to your bookmarks bar. Then when you want to see the message as HTML, view the original, then click your “Gmail Original as HTML” bookmark button:
Sometimes it’s the little things …
5 September 2012 by Berwyn 5 comments