Gmail is the most popular email service with more than billion users. It’s safe, easy to use and comes with 15 GB of free storage. Moreover than that, it offers a wide range of customization options than any other mail client. But how many of us know about its exciting features that bring more functions in mailing?
Here are some quick Gmail tips that will help you to become a power user.
Do you know you can use Gmail in various languages including regionals? Choose your language, input tools to use Gmail in other than English. Go to Language, that comes first under the General tab of Settings to customize this option.
2) Anonymous emails
If you get lots of messages addressed to someone else, check if someone is accidentally forwarding their mail to you.
Open such emails and click on down arrow, next to Reply button. Choose ”Show Original”. If you see “X-Forwarded-For” in next page, that person is forwarding his messages to your email. Contact this person to inform about his mistake.
3) Canned Responses
Tired of sending the same message to various accounts? Google brought ”Canned Responses” feature to help you in such situations. It’s not an inbuilt option, so you have to enable it first from Gmail Labs. Then go to new message window, click on the down arrow shown at the bottom right corner. Initially, it will be blank. Type something in the message window and save it as a canned response. You can save different responses under different names like that.
Choose your desired contacts and send them this message. If you want to send it automatically, apply relevant filters from the Settings panel. Then, for example, if anyone sending emails with the subject ”my resume” or ”want to meet” will get a predefined canned message.
4) Undo Send
After clicking on Send, the message will fly to the recipient. By activating Undo option you can hold the message for a couple of seconds to prevent accidental sent.
5) Inbox type
You can change default inbox type, or hide annoying tabs from current inbox.
Go to Settings > Inbox to configure your Gmail inbox.
6) Keyboard shortcuts
Do you know what will happen if type ‘C’ while in Gmail window? It will open a new compose window. Similarly, Gmail supports lots of shortcuts for make use of in various functions. Initially, you have to enable ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ from General Settings to start using the feature.
Press Shift+? together to show all Gmail shortcuts in a separate window. These all are default shortcuts but you can customize them as well.
Activate Custom keyboard shortcuts from Gmail Labs. Now you will see a new tab ‘Keyboard shortcuts’, next to Themes.
Now you can change these shortcut keys to your choice.
7) Send emails from somewhere else (Others feel so)
Gmail lets you send emails by using your any mail id right from Gmail server. Recipients will see your secondary mail address in ‘from’ address, even though it’s sent from your primary Gmail account.
8) Gmail is a universal email app
Gmailify is another advanced feature that lets you check all your emails from Gmail account. You can add any third party emails like Yahoo, Outlook, AOL etc to your Gmail account and any incoming mail to such accounts will be automatically delivered to your Gmail inbox.
9) Identify spam mailers
We subscribe to the mailing lists of various websites and blogs. But sometimes they may spamming on you later or may sell your email address to any marketing company for promotions. If you are not sure about the authenticity of such mailing lists, just customize your email address before submitting to them.
Suppose your email is email@example.com and website you are going to subscribe is news topics, give your id as firstname.lastname@example.org to signup. Don’t get confused, the mail will be delivered to your Gmail inbox, even though given address is different from the original. Create a Gmail filter for such subscribed emails, apply labels or divert them to a new folder to check whether they are spamming on you.
In the same way, you can organize all your work emails in a particular folder. Give email@example.com as work mail and create a filter to divert all emails you receive in that address to a new ‘Work’ folder.
10) Mute group emails, block spammers
You may be disturbed by group emails, forum threads, and its follow-up comments sometimes. They will be delivered to your inbox regularly, even though you are not interested in it. In such a situation, just ‘Mute’ it to prevent them from disturbing you anymore. Select the relevant thread in the inbox, click on the drop down ‘More’ option on the top, next to Labels. Select ‘Mute’. From now onwards, you won’t get any notifications from that thread but the same will be updated with regular latest messages.
Similarly, you can block a particular person or account if you’re not interested with his message anymore. Open the message and click on the down arrow next to Reply button. Choose block ‘xxxx” to block this account or Report spam to divert emails to the Spam folder.
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11) Save your time- Preview, Multiple inboxes & more
Preview pane lets you check emails in the same pane instead of a new page. You can choose from a horizontal split or vertical split. After activating the feature, you will see a new tab icon on the top of the inbox, near to the number of messages.
Multiple inboxes is useful to manage all your mails from one account but with different inboxes.
1. Set up a filter to auto-archive all mail sent to your work or school address.
2. Customize one of your multiple inboxes to show mail sent to your other address. To do this, go to the Multiple Inboxes tab under Settings and set up one of the panes to search for mail sent to your other address.
3. (Optional) Use a “custom from” address so that replies will be sent from Gmail but as if they’re from your other account. This way, your coworkers or classmates won’t know the difference.
Official Google blog (Source)
Authentication icon for verified senders is another exciting add-on to confirm the authenticity of the sender- to know whether he’s fake or real one. All these options can be activated from Settings >Labs.
12) Gmail for business
Do you have own website address (www.yourname.com) and want to check mails (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Gmail? Yes, it’s possible. You can use Gmail as a custom mail client via G suite. Basic plans start from $5 per user per month with 30 GB of free storage.
Login from regular Gmail login screen to your customized account and use email like you are in Gmail.
13) Promote your business
Gmail is a good place to promote your business as well as social media connections without spending any single penny. Most of us are familiar with Gmail’s vacation responder and signature options.
Add your website, social media links in both sections next to message and signature. Decorate such links by using relevant icons available in the web or yours own. Your recipients will note the icons and at least some of them will visit the links to know more about you.