Welcome to Jim's Tips!

Jims.Tips is one of my little corners of the Internet; my sandbox and playground for all things Web Development. I love riding on the bleeding edge of technology, and I love exploring new gadgets, services, Web sites, programs, and anything interesting! Here you will find all sorts of tips and information about those things that interest me. Thanks for visiting!

Send attachments while offline

Posted by Andy Palay, Software EngineerOne of the most requested features for Offline Gmail has been the ability to include attachments in messages composed while offline. Starting today, attachments work just the way you would expect them to whether y…

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Choose which messages get downloaded for offline use

Posted by Maria Khomenko, Software Engineer Like an increasing number of people these days, I like to stay productive during my flights (even those without wifi access ). A long flight is a perfect opportunity to go through everything in my inbox and catch up on older mail

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Gmail account security tips

Posted by Sarah Price, Online Operations Strategist As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month , we recently posted about how to pick a smart password .

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What’s new with Gmail on iPhone and Android

Posted by Heaven Kim, Product Marketing Manager, Google Mobile Back in April, we released a new version of Gmail for mobile, re-designed to be faster, more usable, and offer basic offline support on iPhone and Android devices. The improvements we made to its underlying architecture have made it possible for us to rapidly release new features and further improve performance since then. Over the last six months, we’ve added a lot: mute , label management , keyboard shortcuts , smart links , an outbox , and the ability to move messages (label and archive in one step)

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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: 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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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More ninja tips in more languages

Posted by Zach Yeskel, Product Marketing Manager When we published the Gmail tips guide in July, we promised it would help you become a Gmail ninja. Now, if you want to become a Gmail ниндзя or 忍者, you can do that too: these tips are now available in Spanish , French , Brazilian Portuguese , Japanese , Russian , and UK English .

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Find great stuff to read in Google Reader

Posted by Zach Yeskel, Product Marketing Manager Have you ever clicked the “Reader” link at the top of your Gmail inbox and ended up in Google Reader , kind of unsure about what to do next? We realize this happens from time to time, so to help people get started with Reader, we asked a bunch of prominent journalists, techies, fashion critics, and foodies for their lists of favorite sites and blogs. We compiled their reading lists and made them accessible to everyone at google.com/powerreaders , where you can explore and subscribe to lists from Thomas Friedman , Arianna Huffington , Paul Krugman , the editors of Lifehacker , Boing Boing , Kottke.org , and many more.

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Mail and contact import for everyone

Posted by Marcin Brodziak, Software Engineer A few months ago, we added the ability to import your old mail and contacts to Gmail . We made this feature available for all newly-created Gmail accounts first, since people new to Gmail benefit most from being able to move their stuff with them. Friends who wanted to use Gmail but kept telling us how painful it would be finally made the switch! But many old time Gmail users (including us) also have old accounts lurking

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Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”

Posted by Emmanuel Pellereau, Software Engineer Quite a few of you use Gmail’s custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address. Since these messages are sent by Gmail’s servers but “from” a non-Gmail address, we have to include your original Gmail username in the “Sender” field of the message header to comply with mail delivery protocols and help prevent your mail from being marked as spam

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