Monday, September 26, 2011

Gmail Power User Tools

PC World recently published an article touting Gmail labs called 15 Add-OnstoBecomeaGmailPowerUser. We’ve combined some of those tips along with a few of our favorites to help you get the most out of Gmail.

imageTo enable labs, click on the options icon in the upper right corner of the screen and click on Labs.

Judy and Cindy’s Favorite Gmail Labs:

Undo Send: Hit "Send" too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds (5 to 30 seconds) after hitting the send button. After enabling Undo Send, go to the ‘General’ tab in Mail Settings and change the cancellation period to the desired duration.image

Send and Archive: Adds a button to the compose email box that allows you to reply and file away a conversation in one step.

Canned Responses: Are there email messages that are repeated over and over? Save them and then send your common messages by just clicking a button and selecting the specific canned response!

Inserting Images: Adding images to emails can make them more interesting and can include content in the email that would otherwise need to be an attachment. Enable this lab in order to have access to the Insert Image icon on the ‘Compose Mail’ toolbar.

Default Text Styling: Would you prefer Times New Roman to Arial, or perhaps large text to small text, in your email messages? Once this lab is enabled, go to the 'General' tab on the 'Settings' page and change the default text styling to better suit your preferences.

Message Sneak Peek: Peek into a conversation without opening it by right-clicking on a message in your inbox.

Signature tweaks: Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the "--" line that appears before signatures.

Create a Document: Allows you to create a Google Document from within email conversation. By going to More, Create a Document, your email message will automatically become a Google Doc!

Preview Pane: Provides a horizontal or vertical pane to read mail right next to or below your list of conversations, making mail reading faster without leaving your inbox.

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