Google introduced Gmail to the world in 2004, and I was lucky to get in on the beta version. I was and continue to be a huge proponent of Gmail, and it remains my "go-to" cloud-based email app.

Early on, I created GmailTips.com in an effort to provide tips and tricks about Gmail as I explored and discovered its capabilities, features, and quirks. Over the years, this became a rather large collection.

I stopped providing tips several years ago, and Gmail continues to evolve, so some of these tips may be outdated or irrelevant. But they provide a glimpse of what I was interested in.

If you have any Gmail questions, please feel free to contact me!

Welcome to GmailTips.com!

Wow! Something’s new! Yep, after a few years, I decided to migrate from Joomla to WordPress as my back-end site software. I find it to be better for my needs, so I hope that it will let me provide more timely and more frequent content. Second, I have included an RSS feed from the Official Gmail Blog. As news of new and exciting Gmail features come out, they will be posted here. Finally, GmailTips.com has always been part of JimsTips.com, so I decided to forgo the Gmail-looking theme and just use the same template as JimsTips.com throughout all of my

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What is Gmail?

Gmail is a free POP3 and IMAP webmail service provided by Google. In the United Kingdom and Germany it is officially called Google Mail. Gmail launched on 1 April 2004 as an invitation-only beta release and became available to the public on 7 February 2007. To this day the service remains in beta status and has tens of millions of users. With an initial storage capacity of 1 GB, Gmail drastically increased the standard for free storage from the 2-4MB its competitors offered at that time. The service currently offers over 7200 MB of continuously increasing (at a rate of

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Gmail Beta: First Impressions

The other day, I received an “invitation” to beta test Google’s new “Gmail” email service. After having tried and used literally dozens of web-based email services over the years, I decided to see what the buzz was all about, so I followed the Invitation instructions, and within a couple minutes, I had a new Google Gmail account. After working with this account for several days, I have discovered some things that I like about it as well as some things that I don’t. Read on for the lowdown… First off, please note that this article is based on the pre-release

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How I Imported archived email into Gmail

I have a large number (about 1000) of archived emails that I have saved over the years, and I am looking for a way to “import” them into Gmail so that I can leverage Gmail’s excellent Search and Label features. Over at the Gmail forum at Webmaster World is a posting on how to “import” emails into your Gmail account using Eudora. Well, I had some problems with Eudora, so I decided to use Outlook Express. Here’s the message that I posted… Well, I spent some time last night “importing” all of my archived emails into Gmail, and it really

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Gmail Tip #1: All About Labels

Labels. Gmail lets you assign a Label to a message and then view all messages assigned to that Label. Sounds a lot like the typical “Folder”, right? Well, almost. Unlike Folders, you can assign multiple Labels to a message letting the message span multiple categories. To better understand how Labels differ from Folders, counsider the the real-world counterparts, and it should become clear. Say you have a desk full of paper messages, some messages are from family members, and some are jokes that your friends have sent you. Using the Folder model to categorize the messages, you would create one

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Gmail Tip #2: Check Your Messages

To leverage Gmail’s excellent Label and Search functions, I imported close to 1000 archived emails into my Gmail account. (To see how I did it, click here.) After working this large number of messages for a few days, I have found that managing them, while typically easy and intuitive, it can sometimes be a bit cumbersome. Here is a tip to help you better manage your messages… One neat feature of Gmail that may not be obvious at first is that Gmail “remembers” what emails you have “checked”. This means, for example, that if you use Gmail’s Search function to

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Gmail Tip #3: How to Maintain Notes

Some email providers provide a “Notes” function to let you maintain a list of notes. For example you might keep Web site links, random thoughts, etc. Gmail doesn’t offer this feature, but by using some of Gmail’s other features, you can set up a very nice, easy to maintain group of notes… Basically, the concept is to email yourself the notes, but Gmail lets you at least better organize and handle these emails. Here’s what you do: First, create a Contact with a Name of “Notes” and an Email Address of “username+Notes@gmail.com” Next, create a new Label called “Notes” Finally,

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Gmail Tip #4: Formatting Your Name

Gmail’s account names (you know, the “left” side of your email address) are very forgiving. Read more for more details! If you registered your Gmail account name like I did, you likely used the form “first.last@gmail.com”. Did you know that it doesn’t matter if you used a period or not! “john.doe@gmail.com” is treated the same as “johndoe@gmail.com”. In fact, Gmail is not even case sensitive, so “JohnDoe@gmail.com” is the same as “joHn.doE@gmail.com”! So, not only did you get the email account name you wanted, but you really got more! Any valid for also works at the login screen too! It

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Gmail Tip #5: The Plus Side of Gmail

Like many Email providers, Gmail supports the standard “plus” addressing scheme. But just what is it, and how can it help me? The “plus” method of addressing lets you add additional words to your account name (the “left side” of your email address.) For example, if your email address is “john.doe@gmail.com”, you could add “+club” when you give your email address to members of a club to which you belong. So, your email address would now be “john.doe+club@gmail.com”. But why would you want to do this? Think of the “plus” word as an extra “keyword” or “tag” that you can

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Gmail Tip #6: Define a Signature!

When Gmail was first released to Beta, it was missing the ability to create an automatically appended “Signature”. Well, after beta tester feedback Gmail has added the feature! Read how to define it… Go into “Settings” and click the radio button next to the edit box in the Signatire section. Next, enter any text you want to have included in all outgoing messages! Makes things simpler and more professional!

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Gmail Tip #7: Quickly Addressing A Message

Want to know a quick way to address another Gmail user? Read more to find out! Did you know that you can send an email to another Gmail user by just entering their username into either the TO, CC, or BCC fields when you Compose a message? You do not need to type the rest of the “@gmail.com” address! Simple end elegant!

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Gmail Tip #8: Working With Lots Of Emails

There are some idiosyncracies that you should understand when working with large numbers of messages. Read more for a couple pointers… If you are working with a large number of emails, (more than will fit on one screen “page”) be sure to remember that checking “All” doesn’t check all messages in the category you are viewing, but only those visible on the current page. So, if you have three pages of messages, only the first page will be affected if you click “All”.

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Gmail Tip #9: New Mail Notification!

One often asked for feature has been some sort of automatic notification. Some suggestions ahve been integrating a button tn the Google Toolbar. Another was some sort of System Tray icon. Well, Gmail gave us a notification method that actually works very well… Open your Gmail account and look at both the “Title” of your web browser as well as the “Button” in the Task Bar. It now shows something like “Gmail – Inbox (2)” where the “2” is the number of new emails you have. Because Gmail auto-updates periodically, this will update was well. Very cool! This works in

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Gmail Tip #10: Some Tips about Conversations

Conversations are very handy. They group related emails letting you easily track what was sent and to whom it was sent. One thing that you might overlook is that is that you need to remember that when you perform an action on a conversation such as “Print”, “Move to Trash”, or “Report as Spam”, you are affecting ALL messages in the conversation. If you want to affect only one of the messages, select or expand the message and click on the “More options” link. This will bring up a sub-menu with options specific to that message. One other thing to

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Gmail Tip #11: Connecting Securely

Unlike many other Web-based email providers, Gmail offers an SSL-encrypted login by default. This means that your Gmail password is always encrypted when it is sent over the Internet. Secure HTTPS access is also available by going to https://gmail.google.com directly. This is just another way that Gmail ensures your privacy and security!

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Gmail Tip #12: Archiving Explained

One concept that’s sometimes a bit unclear to new Gmail users is that of “Archiving” messages. I’m not refering to the hype and false assertions of pundits who claim things like “Gmail keeps everything you ever send and receive!” and “Gmail archives your messages forever!” No, I’m refering to the “Archive” button in your Inbox view. Just what is it for, and what does it do? Plain and simple, clicking Gmail’s “Archive” button simply means that the message gets moved out of your Inbox–nothing more, nothing less. It’s a convenient and slick way to manage your Inbox. But just what

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Gmail Tip #13: Some More About Conversations

I covered this partially in another tip, but I feel it is important to repeat it. One of Gmail’s excellent features is its “Conversations”. Conversations conveniently organize related messages, but this can be potentially dangerous if you don’t understand how to manage both conversations and individual messages. If you aren’t paying attention, you can inadvertently Trash an entire conversation instead of just a single message. First off, you need to determine if the message is a single message or part of a conversation. While viewing a list of messages (for example, “Inbox”) look in the first column on the left

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Gmail Tip #14: What Happens To Sent Messages?

When you “send” a message, two things happen to it: 1. it gets copied into your “All Mail” view, and 2. it is visible in the “Sent Mail” view. Many email clients and Webmail services let you optionally delete all sent messages by default, but Gmail doesn’t offer this feature. Here’s why… One of Gmail’s intentions is to get you out of the “trash everything” mindset. This is one of the reasons why they offer 1GB of storage. Providing this extra space gives you the ability to leverage features such as “Search”, “Labels”, and “Conversations”. Most email services limit us

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Gmail Tip #15: New feature – Highlighting on/off!

Looks like Gmail added a new feature! You can now control “highlighting” of searched words in Search results! When you initiate a Search, Gmail returns a list of any messages and conversations matching the Search criteria. You can select any of these messages or conversations to view, and Gmail automatically highlights the word(s) you searched for. My sometimes, it’s distracting, so you now have the ability to click on the “Turn off Highlighting” link on the right column. Clicking it again turns highlighting back on. Very nice! And like just about everything about Gmail’s interface, it’s lightning-fast. No need to

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Gmail Tip #16: New feature – View or Download for attached images

Looks like Gmail added another new feature! You now have the option of viewing or downloading image attachments! Read on for details… When you receive an image file as an attachment (like .jpg, .gif, or .bmp) Gmail now displays two links for each attachment: One is the filename, and the other says “Download”. Clicking on the name link opens a new browser window and displays the image. Clicking the Download link initiates a standard file download. Other attachment types simply display the filename letting you download the file. Nice touch!

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Gmail Tip #17: Advanced Search – View Multiple Labels

Gmail has some advanced searching capabilities that, if you take the time to learn, enables you drill down to very specific information. In future tips, you’ll learn many of the advanced searching functions, but in this tip, (sent in by “Juan Valera”) you’ll learn how to search for specific messages based on their Labels including how to search for multiple Labels… If you want to search for all messages having a specific label, you can click on the “Show search options” link, click the “Search” dropdown, select the desired Lable, and click the “Search Mail” button. But a shortcut is

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What if Gmail was a PC-based Email Client?

ATTENTION REGISTERED USERS!! It’s time to turn the tables a bit here. Here’s a chance for Registered Users to give your opinion! I’m interested to know your opinion if Gmail, instead of being an online service, was a PC-based email client that you downloaded onto your PC that worked either standalone or in conjunction with Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, etc. Read on for more information… The application would be a personally-downloaded, personally-installed, and personally-run application that would provide you with Search, Labels, Conversations, and a fast interface. The application would scan your email for viruses, scan your messages to manage

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Gmail Tip #18: Some Forwarding Idiosyncracies

One very important note to Gmail users: Gmail’s “Forward” function only forwards plain text. While this doesn’t affect most messages, this behavior can mangle HTML-formatted messages, dropping important formatting, images, and data. Read on for more information… If you receive a message that has fancy formatting and/or includes inline graphics, when you click on Forward, Gmail strips out all the formatting and forwards only the plain text. This is very apparant with email originating from online services like AOL and with clients like Outlook. For example, I received an email from my parents’ AOL account that contained an inline graphic

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Gmail Tip #19: Advanced Search – Query Words

One of Gmail’s excellent features is its Search function. Searching can be as simple as entering a keyword or two into the Search field at the top of any page to very complex using Gmail’s advanced “Query Words” to better constrain searches. Read more to better understand how “Query Words” can help you with your advanced message searching… Clicking the “Show Search Options” link will open up a pane containing several entry fields and dropdowns. This lets you easily specify more detailed search criteria. For example, say you want to search for all email that is unread, regardless of under

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Gmail Tip #20: Why some attachments bounce

Gmail is trying to help combat the spread of viruses by implementing a “feature” that prevents emails containing attachments of certain file types from being delivered to Gmail accounts. With some simple workarounds, you can get your files delivered to Gmail users while still helping prevent the spread of viruses… One way that Gmail is helping to prevent the spread of viruses is to prevent the delivery of messages sent from outside of Gmail that .exe and .vbs (and possibly other) extensions. These file attachments are very easy to inadvertently execute, and are a common source of viruses. Gmail is

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Gmail Tip #21: Official Features and Bugs Status Page!

Want to know what features and bugs the Gmail developers are currently working on? Read on to learn how to access Gmail’s new “Features, Fixes, & Feedback” page… First, log into your Gmail account. You must be logged into your account to access the help screens. Next, click on the “Help” link located at the top of any Gmail page. Next, click on the “Send Feedback” link on the left column. You’ll be taken to a page detailing features Gmail is working on and bugs being squashed! While this may not be a definitive list, at least we can get

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Gmail Tip #22: Advanced Search – Multi-Labeled and Un-Labeled Messages

In an earlier tip, I briefly explained how to perform Advanced Searching using Gmail’s “query words”. Here are two practical examples of how to use the “label:” query word to search for Multi-Labeled messages as well as Un-Labeled messages. Thanks to “rishid” on the GmailForums for submitting this tip… Say you want to find messages that have multiple Labels. For example, you want to display all messages with label1, label2 and label3 that you had previously defined and assigned. Into the basic search field at the top of any Gmail page, you would enter label:label1 label:label2 label:label3 Note that this

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Gmail Tip #23: Cleaning Your Contacts

One of Gmail’s “features” can leave you with extra entries in your Contacts list. Read on for more information… Gmail has a (debatably) nice feature that automatically adds to your Contacts list the email addresses of those to whom you send emails. While this can be helpful at times, just remember that EVERY unique email address you send to gets auto-added. So, if someone or some company sends you an emai and you reply to it, the email address will get added. For clarification, it only gets added once. We’re talking about “unique” email addresses here. But how do you

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Gmail Tip #24: New feature! Import Contacts

Once again, the hard working Gmail Developers have implemented yet another much-requested feature: Import Contacts! Read on for more details… For the best explanation of just how to Import Contacts, log into your Gmail account, click on Contacts, and click on the new “Import Contacts” link at the top of the Contacts screen. But what can you import and how do you import? Gmail will let you import address books into Contacts from Yahoo!, Orkut, Outlook, and pretty much any other service by uploading CSV (Comma Separated Value) files to your Gmail account. You can even manually edit and create

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Gmail Tip #25: Find Your Unread Messages

Want a quick and easy way to view all of your "Unread" messages? Here’s a neat tip submitted by Mark Worsham describing how… If you have assigned Labels and archived unread messages, finding them later can sometines be challenging. Simply create a Gmail Label named "Unread", and you will see all of your unread mail in that folder. Though there are other ways to display unread messages, the nice thing about this method is that it displays the number of unread messages right in the Label list. Thanks Mark for the tip!   Important Update: This no longer works.  A

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Gmail Tip #26: Creating a Pseudo Address Group!

Gmail currently does not provide the facility to send emails to a Group or a List or email addresses. But thanks to an excellent tip submitted by “arianj”, we now have a very doable workaround! Read on to see how to set up a pseudo Group Contact… Although Gmail doesn’t currently support Groups in your Contacts, you can simulate a Group list by doing the following: 1. Create a new Contact 2. In the “Name” field, enter the name of your Group (eg “My Friends”) 3. In the “E-mail” field, enter your list of email addresses in the following format:

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Gmail Tip #27: Adding Hotmail Contacts to Gmail

Do you have a lot of Hotmail contacts that you would like to add to your Gmail Contacts? “Montevino” submitted this tip on how to do just that. Read on to see how simple it is… By leveraging Gmail’s new “Import Contacts” (see Gmail Tip #24), you can easily generate an importable file from your Hotmail Contacts. Just set up Outlook Express to access your Hotmail account (by creating a new account, making it HTML, not POP3, and giving your Hotmail account name and password.) Then, open Windows Address Book, and synchronize. Address Book finds and auto-ads your Hotmail contacts.

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Gmail Tip #28: Gmail Notifier released to beta!

Those crazy yet wonderful Gmail Developers have once again brought us a new toy: Gmail Notifier! Read on to see what it is, what it can do, and how you can get it… The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser. You can also have it be the default “mailto:” handler so that when you click

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Gmail Tip #29: A Small Quirk With Gmail Notifys mailto: Handler

Read on to better understand a small idiosyncracy with Gmail’s Gmail Notifier application… One cool feature of Gmail Notifier is that it can be configured to act as the default “mailto:” handler. When set up to do this. Gmail Notifier will open a Compose Window in a new browser window with the email address auto-filled in. Just be aware that unless you check the “keep me logged in for two weeks” checkbox on the login screen, you will have to log in every time…even if you are already logged into Gmail in another browser window. While it can be a

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Gmail Tip #30: Removing a Label

I just stumbled on this one. (Sometimes during a Beta period, you have to “find” new features yourself!) In the past, when you wanted to remove a Label from one or more messages, you would have to click on the desired Label on the left of the screen, select the message, and then click on the “Remove Label” button. Well, The process has been significantly simplified! Read on for details… While viewing a message, click on the “More Actions” dropdown, scroll to the bottom of the list, and select the desired Label to remove. Voila…the Label is removed! If you

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Gmail Tip #31: Improved and New Contacts Features!

The “Contacts” function has been enhanced to provide some additional functionality, and now adopts the familiar Gmail interface. Read on for the details… Gmail now displays a “Contacts” link in the left column under the “standard views” (Inbox, Starred, etc.) and just above the Labels. Clicking on the link brings up a nicely formatted display that matches the style of the rest og GMail. It displays the contact name, email address, Note, and any additional information (see below). At the top are two “tabs” that display “Frequently Mailed” and “All Contacts”. I don’t know what the criteria for “Frequently Mailed”

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Gmail Tip #32: Drafts!

Gmail now has the capability to save “Drafts” of your messages! This is a long-awaited feature that seems to have slipped in under the radar. Read on for more details… If you are in the middle of composing a message, but want to finish it later, just click on the “Save Draft” button now located between the “Send” and “Discard” buttons. This droops the message in a new view located on the left side called “Drafts” located under the “Sent Mail” link and above the “All Mail” link. Later, you can just click on the message, complete it, and then

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Gmail Tip #33: Auto-forward received Gmail!

Want to use your Gmail account as your main email account but have some or all email auto-forwarded to other email accounts? Well, now you can! Read on for more details… Gmail has added tha ability to forward received emails in two ways: “All” or “Selective” “ALL” FORWARDING This is a “global” setting that lets you optionally forward all received email to another email address. Click on the “Settings” link, and click on the new “Forwarding” tab. In there, you have the option do Disable or Enable email forwarding. Click on Enable, enter the email address to which you want

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Gmail Tip #34: Gmail on your Palm!

If any of you Gmail users own “connected” PalmOS PDA’s, you can now use SnapperMail to retrieve your email using Gmail’s new POP3 feature! Read on to learn how… I tried out about 6 different email apps for the PalmOS, and the ONLY one I could get to consistently send and receive email from my Gmail account is Snapper Mail. Here’s how to get it working: Log into your Gmail account, go into Settings, select the “Forwarding and Pop” tab, and enable the type of POP3 you want to do. Next, launch SnapperMail and create a new POP3 account. In

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Gmail Tip #35: Gmail on your Palm! – Part 2

I posted an article on how to access your Gmail account using SnapperMail via Gmail’s POP3 feature. Read on to see what other PalmOS email application works as well… I tried several other email applications, and found another PalmOS email applocation that works very well with Gmail’s SSL-secured POP3 connection: Mark/Space Mail from Mark/Space. Like SnapperMail, it is a very slick, full-featured email client, and it provides SSL connectivity. (For those that don’t know, this is a “Secure Sockets Layer” security model that Gmail (and many othe Web sites) uses to create a secure connection. This should help boost user

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Gmail Tip #36: Some Email Management Tips

This tip is inspired by an inquiry by “Debra” about how to find archived email. Though I cover Archiving in Gmail Tip #12: “Archiving” Explained, I feel that some general email management tips are in order. Managing email within Gmail can be easy or difficult depending on how you handle them. Read on for some simple tips to better manage your email… First off, when you “archive” an “unlabeled” email message, it simply “drops out” of the Inbox view and is later ONLY accessible from the “All Mail” view. While this is straight forward, it can be cumbersome if you

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Gmail Tip #37: New Feature: Image Attachment Thumbnails

Read on for a simple description of a simple new feature… Gmail’s site describes it as: “It’s like seeing the trailer before you see the movie. Now you can get a sneak preview of your attachments.” Gmail now adds the ability to preview graphic images attached to email messages you receive by displaying “thumbnails” of the images displayed below the message text. In many cases, you won’t even need to open the image, but you still have the familiar “View” and “Download” options. Yet another step forward in Gmail’s ever-evolving interface!

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Gmail Tip #38: Google Gmail Minibrowser

“The Google Deskbar includes a minibrowser that you can use to quickly open your Gmail account in convenient window that automatically hides and can be accessed with a keyboard shortcut. Read on for more information about this tool… The Google Deskbar is a little Google search tool for Windows taskbar. It can do most of the Google searches using shortcut keys too. (See the link for a picture.) It also include Google’s “Minibrowser” which is fast and cute. If you press Ctrl-Alt-G?by default, you can turn it off?you’ll go right to the bar. Typing a search, by default, will open

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Gmail Tip #39: New Feature! Gmail From Most Any Browser!

From the beginning, Gmail has always required a “supported browser” to gain access and work with Gmail. Well, those crazy Gmail developers have done it again! Read on to see a new addition to Gmail that will please many… Gmail now offers a “basic HTML view” that lets you access Gmail from almost any computer running almost any Web browser. Mozilla users and Safari users will certainly appreciate this one. According to the Gmail Help site, if you log into Gmail using a non-supported browser, Gmail will automatically revert to the basic HTML view. Just be aware that several features

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Gmail Tip #40: New Feature! Rich formatting!

It’s the nail in the coffin…the icing on the cake…the “You had me at hello” feature! Gmail finally has Rich Text formatting! But it’s not just for making your messages pretty. Read on to see why the addition of this feature propels Gmail way ahead of the competition… In this tip, I will briefly explain how to enable Gmail’s new Rich formatting features, but first, I need to get right to the heart of the matter. One thing that has bugged me all along with Gmail is how it handles the forwarding of richly formatted (HTML) messages. Whenever I received

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Gmail Tip #41: How Much Space Do I Have?

Notorious for its April Fools jokes, Google announced on 01-Apr-2005 that it had upped its disk space quota to 2 gigabytes per user, surpassing Yahoo’s recent increase to 1 gigabyte. While that’s good news for Gmail users, the great news is that it’s not an April Fools joke. Having the extra space is great, but how can you tell how much storage space you have used and how much is remaining? Read on for a very simple tip to keep track of your Gmail account storage space… OK, this one is very easy. Just scroll down to the bottom of

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Gmail Tip #42: A More Worldly View

Parlez-vous fran?ais? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Or if you read any of 11 newly supported languages, you will feel right at home with Gmail. In addition to English, Gmail now supports Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and UK English. (Sorry, no Klingon.) If you want to experience Gmail in one of these languages, read on for simple instructions to make the change… Simply click on the “Settings” link at the upper right of any Gmail page. Look toward the middle of the page, and you will find a dropdown selector labeled “Gmail display

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Gmail Tip #43: Notes in Just Two Clicks!

“Tjeerd” from the Netherlands submitted a neat Gmail Tip that takes a different yet very simple approach to creating and managing “Notes” in your Gmail account. Notes are simply messages typically sent to yourself to store useful information. Read on for a simple method of creating Notes with just two button clicks… In my Gmail Tip #3: How to Maintain “Notes”, I described a rather elaborate, yet effective way to manage Notes in your Gmail account. It’s elegant, but it requires some setup and prior knowledge of Labels and Filters. Tjeerd suggests an alternative method that leverages the “Draft Message”

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Gmail Tip #44: Using An Email Client

Gmail's POP3 access lets you leverage third-party Email Clients like Outlook or Thunderbird, giving you the flexibility you want. Read on to see some quick tips inspired by "Edwin" and "Zavie" on configuring and accessing Gmail's POP3 access… POP3 email clients are common, handy tools to enable you to manage your email online or offline. Here are several examples: 1. Outlook Express Outlook Express is included with just about every Windows installation. Setup is simple, and though its interface is basic, it works well with Gmail. 2. Outlook (various versions) I used Outlook 2003, and it worked like a charm

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Gmail Tip #45: Backing Up Your Gmail Account

Gmail is an excellent service, but I sometimes get concerned about the security of keeping all my messages in one place. It’s not a "privacy" concern, but a "data integrity" concern: If my Gmail account somehow gets corrupted or blown away, I don’t have anything to fall back on…until now. By simply using Gmail’s POP3 access, you can download your entire account for offline storage! Read on for some instructions and Tips inspired by "Edwin" and "Zavie" on backing up your entire Gmail account… The thought of the possibility of losing over 3500 messages certinaly doesn’t sit well with me,

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Gmail Tip #46: Creating a Map Repository

Do you find yourself repeatedly looking up the same map info at any of the various online map services like Google Maps, MapQuest, or Yahoo! Maps? Here’s a Tip submitted by "Andreas" that lets you maintain a simple Map Repository within Gmail. It’s builds on the concept introduced in the Gmail Tip #3: How to maintain "Notes", but it’s application is different. Read on for details… Create a Contact with a Name of "Map" and an Email Address of username+map@gmail.com (replacing username with your Gmail username.) Then, create a new Label called "Map". Finally, create a Filter to add the

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Gmail Tip #47: Gmail Adds Chat!

Google has just announced that they are adding Chat capability within Gmail! Go to http://mail.google.com/mail/help/chat.html to learn more about the specifics. Over the next few weeks, it will be deployed to all Gmail accounts. Adding chat to Gmail should be a huge boost for Gmail for several reasons. First, it will be integrated right into Gmail’s Web-based application, so there will be no need to launch a separate application like Google Talk. This is important because it will simplify its use, and nicely integrate Gmail with chat. Second, you will not need to rely on cryptic screen names as is

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Gmail Tip #48: Gmail Ads Google Calendar Integration!

Google launched its new Google Calendar service, and added excellent integration to Gmail. (Check out GoogleCalendarTips.com for some information about Google Calendar!) Integration includes a small navigation bar to take you right into Google Calendar from Gmail and Event integration in messages. Read on to see how Gmail and Google Calendar work together….     Navigation bar in Gmail: {mosimage}   Navigation bar in Google Calendar: {mosimage}     

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Gmail Tip #48: Reply Without Scrolling

Here’s a simple one. Do you ever find it annoying that in order to Reply to a message, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of a message to click the "Reply" link? While reading a message, simply press the "r" key, and the Reply editing box will open ready for you to compose your reply! Oh, and pressing the "f" key will also open the "Forward" editing box! To enable keyboard shortcuts, click on the Settings link at the top right of the screen, and click on the "General" tab. Look for the "Keyboard Shortcuts" entry

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Gmail Tip #49: Moving the Chat Quick Contacts Box

Here’s another simple tip. By default, the integrated Chat "Quick Contacts" block displays above the "Labels" block on the left of the Gmail screen. If you seldome use Chat, you may want the location of the two blocks reversed. You can position the "Quick Contacts" block to display either above or below the "Labels" block by clicking on the "Settings" link at the top right of the Gmail screen and clicking the > "Chat" tab. Look for the "Quick Contacts location" setting and select the position from the dropdown menu. Be sure to click the "Save Changes" button!

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Gmail Tip #50: Changing Subject Text When Replying or Forwarding

Sometimes, you want to reply to or forward a message, but the Subject text is either annoyingly mangled, or simply unclear. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to clean up the Subject text to make it a bit cleaner? Read on to learn how to simply edit a message’s Subject text…. When composing a message, click on the "Edit Subject" link just above the editor toolbar. This opens an editable Subject text field. Make any changes you want here. When your message is sent and saved, the new Subject text will be used. One point of note in doing

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Gmail Tip #51: Keyboard Shortcuts

Gmail’s User Interface is quite usable, but sometimes a mouse just seems to get in the way of efficiency. The Gmail developers have included lots of nice keyboard shortcuts that can really make using Gmail quicker and easier. Read on for a detailed list of Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts…. Gmail offers many keyboard shortcuts. To enable keyboard shortcuts, click on the Settings link at the top right of the screen, and click on the "General" tab. Look for the "Keyboard Shortcuts" entry and click on the "Keyboard shortcuts on" radio button. Below is a table showing the current list as of

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Gmail Tip #52: Can I “Delete all” Spam?

Do you have a lot of Spam messages in your Spam view? I seem to get between 10 and 15 Spam messages per day. Some people like to keep their Spam view empty, so they constantly delete whatever is in there. But is there an easy way to "Delete All" Spam? Read on for the answer…. Simply put, there is currently no way to simply "Delete all Spam" if the number of Spam messages exceeds one screenful of messages. You can, however, delete them one screen at a time. You first need to click on the "All" link under the

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Gmail Tip #53: How Can I View Outlook Stationery In Gmail?

The short answer is: "You can’t." Outlook (and several other email clients) enable you to include "stationery" or background images in your email message to "dress up" the look of your email messages. Currently, Gmail does not render these images as expected. Read on for some of my thoughts about stationery… First off, I need to step up on my soapbox for a moment… I really never understood the draw of background images or stationery in email messages. Other than allowing you to inject a bit of individuality into a message, what purpose does it really server? I personally find

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Gmail Tip #54: New Feature! Select ALL conversations

{josquote}New feature!{/josquote}Deleting Spam and emptying Trash in Gmail just got a whole lot easier! Instead of being limited to deleting just a page-at-a-time, Gmail now lets you select all Spam and Trash conversations for deletion in one simple step. Read on to see some screenshots of the new features… One of the great annoyances of managing Gmail has been in dealing with Spam and Trash. When you had  more than screenful of messages, clicking "select all" would only select all messages on the current screen. Deleting numerous messages could mean navigating multiple screens just to select and delete. The Trash

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Gmail Tip #55: Excluding Chat from Search Results

Here's a tip inspired by a question from Ethan Lipman, an active Gmail Chat user. He wants to be able to search his Gmail messages for key words, but the Search Results often return hits from his Chat session logs. Read on to find out how to simply exclude Chat session logs from your Search Results…. The solution turns out to be really simple, but not necessarily obvious. It appears that all Gmail Chat session logs are simply standard messages Labeled with a hidden Label of "Chat". So this means that many functions you use on Labels should work. So,

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Gmail Tip #56: Five New Features Launched!

Gmail has just rolled out 5 new features to add to Gmail’s arsenal including new Mobile Phone access. -Gmail On Your Mobile Phone -Forward all -Reply on top -Embarrassment-reducing new message notifications -Chat while your friends are offline Read on to see the details of these new features…. Gmail On Your Mobile Phone Point your phone to gmail.com/app, download it the app, and you can access Gmail on your phone with just a click or two. Some neat features: It has the same Gmail interface you know and love Your account stays synchronized whether you access it from your computer

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Gmail Tip #57: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a quick tip inspired by "garfalk" for you Mac users out there…. Gmail’s Mac key combinations are almost the same for the Mac as for the PC with a couple exceptions. "Shift" clicking on the beginning and at the end will "select all". "Command" or "Apple" (same key) clicking will select items one at a time, allowing you to skip some. Also, "Command" + s will Save a draft. Those who tend to be "keyboard-centric" may find this helpful in reducing mouse grabs and clicks.

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Gmail Tip #58: Gmail Now Opened to Everyone!

Gmail, Google’s free Web-based email service, has swept the world, and has become very, very popular. Unfortunately, access to Gmail (and Google Mail in the UK) has always been by by invitation only. But no more! Anyone can now get a Gmail account. Just go to Gmail.com and click the "Sign up for Gmail" link. It’s that simple! But having a Gmail account means more than just Web-based email. A Gmail account opens the door to many other excellent  Google-related applications and services. By creating a Gmail account, you will gain access to personalize other Google-based applications including Google Maps,

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Gmail Tip #59: New Feature! Gmail adds POP “Mail Fetcher”

Gmail now lets you to fetch mail from up to 5 of your other, POP-enabled non-Gmail accounts! And once the messages are pulled into Gmail, you can leverage all of Gmail’s great features. (Note that nor all email services support POP access.) As of this writing, Gmail states that this feature is currently only enabled for a limited number of users. They’re working on making it more available soon. Read on to see if you have access to Mail Fetcher, and how to set it up…. First off, let’s see if you have access to Mail Fetcher. Click on the

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Gmail Tip #60: Deleting A Message And Moving To The Next

This tip comes from a question asked by a site visitor, Daree: "I was wondering how you can delete an email and advance to the next email in your folder. Currently when I delete an email I am reading, it takes me back to the inbox. Yahoo has this option but it seems that Gmail doesn’t offer it from the Settings link at the top." The function that Daree asks for is not specifically available, but there is a partial solution–more of a workaround, actually. Read on to learn how to at least get close to this functionality…. First, you

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Gmail Tip #61: Enhancement: Attachment Size Doubled to 20MB!

  Gmail announced today that it has doubled the allowable size for attachments from 10MB to 20MB. Now you can start sharing more of your home videos, large presentations, and files! Note that  because of the way email attachments are encoded, the maximum size of the file you send (which can vary from file to file) may be actually less than 20MB.   Congrats to Gmail for continuing to improve its offerings!

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Gmail Tip #62: Enhancement: “Univeral Navigation Bar”

Google has recently enhanced some navigational features across most of its offerings by providing a recognizable and (somewhat) consistent "Universal Navigation Bar" at the top left of every page:       This feature lets you quickly move to other Google applications with ease (and without having to remember the URL!) Read on for a brief description of the new interface… A source at Google explains that the Universal Navigation Bar will show its "nearest neighbors". This means that, depending on what Google page you are on, the choice of links will differ, presenting you with "related" Google offerings. For

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Gmail Tip #63: Gmail And Your Blackberry

Stephen Swire, a GmailTips.com visitor, sent me some information on how he uses Gmail with his Blackberry. Though I do not use a Blackberry, I thought I’d pass this along as Blackberries are becoming more and more popular. If you have similar experiences, or other suggestions, let me know, and I’ll post ’em! (Note: Stephen uses his blackberry with a personal email account, not an enterprise server. -Jim) "Here are two ways I’ve just started using Gmail to enhance my Blackberry: (1) in order to have a running record of all sent messages, (a good business practice for me) I

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Gmail Tip #64: Gmail Rolls Out IMAP!

Gmail has finally rolled out its long-awaited IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) compatibility enabling users of such email clients as Outlook, Lotus Notes, Thunderbird, a host of others, and even Apple’s iPhone to now take advantage of IMAP instead of the more limited POP connection. Google is rolling it out, and it needs to migrate to many accounts, so it may not be available on your account yet. To enable IMAP, click on the Settings link on any Gmail page, and look for the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab. Click that, and follow the instructions in the IMAP Access section. For

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Gmail Tip #65: Colored Labels!

Gmail now lets you define colrs for specific labels. In the message list, any label that has a color assigned will display in that color. Labels with no color assigned will display as they always did. Here is an example: To assign colors to a Label, click the Label selector on the left of any Gmail page to display the Labels. Hover your mouse to the right of the Label, and a small triangle will appear. Click it, and a color selector will appear. Select a color, and all messages with that Label will display the Label in that color.

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Four new themes

Posted by Jake Knapp, UI Designer and Manu Cornet, Software Engineer Manu : Hey Jake, you still using that same old theme? Jake : Well, yeah

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New in Labs: Play Google Voice messages in Gmail

Posted by Vincent Paquet, Google Voice Product Manager Google Voice helps you manage your communications with a unique phone number that rings all your existing phones, a single voicemail inbox with online access and automated transcription, and lots of handy features like the ability to block spammy calls and easily record personalized greetings for your callers. Think of it as Gmail for your phone calls and text messages (watch this video to learn more). Google Voice is currently available via invitation, which you can request here

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Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile

Posted by Marcus Foster, Product Manager, Google Mobile Those of you who live in your Gmail inboxes usually want to know what’s happening with your email more instantly than standard fetch mail on your phone allows. Sure, using Gmail in your mobile browser gives you all the benefits of conversation threading and starring, but you still have to refresh every time you want to check for new mail.

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New in Labs: Hide read labels

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer A lot of people want to see their labels in order to see which ones have unread messages, but they don’t want a long list of label names cluttering up the left hand side of their inboxes.

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Choosing a smart password

Posted by Michael Santerre, Consumer Operations Associate As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month , we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about smart password practices. Help ensure you’re protecting your computer, website, and personal information by checking out our security series on the Google blog or visiting http://www.staysafeonline.org

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Getting Gmail on your phone

Posted by Shyam Seth, Product Manager, Google Mobile Checking Gmail on your phone isn’t reserved for those of us with extra fancy mobile devices — sure, it’s easier to use Gmail when your iPhone has a touchscreen or there’s a downloadable app built especially for your BlackBerry , but Gmail is available on almost all mobile devices today. If your phone has a data plan, it can get Gmail

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New in Labs: Got the wrong Bob?

Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center When’s the last time you got an email from a stranger asking, “Are you sure you meant to send this to me ?” and promptly realized that you didn’t? Sometimes these little mistakes are actually quite painful. Hate mail about your boss to your boss?

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New in Labs: Google Docs previews

Posted by Steven Saviano, Software Engineer Being an avid Google Docs user, I receive a ton of emails with links to documents that my co-workers and friends share with me. From technical design documents at work to my roommate’s expenses spreadsheet, my inbox is full of document links that I need to view as I reply to my mail.

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New in Labs: Default text styling

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 7:50 PM Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer and Jon Kotker, former Software Engineering Intern In the early days of email, messages were simple text meant to be read on a terminal. But with the growth of the web came the advent of HTML email, and overnight people began expressing themselves through bold and italics, colors and images, and whatever else their creativity inspired. If you like to use a specific text style for your messages, you’ve had to change the font every time you’re about to start typing out an email. Now, you can turn

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