Google introduced Gmail to the world in 2004, and I was lucky to get in on the beta version. It remains my “go-to” cloud-based email app. Almost immediately, I created GmailTips.com to provide Tips and Tricks about Gmail as I explored and discovered its capabilities, features, and quirks. Over the years, My Tips turned into a rather large collection, so I rolled it into my main JimsTips.com site.

I stopped providing tips several years ago, and while Gmail continues to evolve, some of these tips are outdated or irrelevant. But they provide a glimpse of what I was interested in, and the evolution of Gmail. I continue to be a huge proponent of Gmail, so if you have any Gmail questions, please feel free to contact me!

Gmail Tips – The Complete Collection

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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 #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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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"…

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…

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…