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Gmail Hacks, Tips & Tricks
Note: All tips current as of Firefox 184.108.40.206 and Gmail 2.0 beta.
You already know that Gmail beats all other email providers with its endless customization capabilities, Google product integration and fantastic spam filter. Take it to the next level with these Gmail power user tips and Greasemonkey exten for Firefox. We haven’t forgotten the Mac users, either. For more great resources, check out the official Gmail blog and Gmail Power Users group on Google Groups. If you'd like to learn more about other email programs, check out the category at the web directory.
1. Master the Gmail keyboard shortcuts
If you haven’t already, master the shortcut keys. Compose, mark as read, archive and much more with the press of a b Sure, you know c for compose and ! for report spam, but do you know g + t for the sent mail folder complete list at the official Gmail shortcut page.
2. Google Code Macros
. Wikipedia). a bookmarklet is a baby bookmark that acts a single click tool for a webpage or browser—thanks. Create bookmarklets for frequent searches This form created by Steve Rubel generates a bookmarklet for searches in Gmail.3. Resize your compose box The aptly-named Resizeable Textarea Firefox extension allows you to click and drag the edge of your compose box wit resizing your browser window. Take Rubel’s form further by drag bookmarklets to your bookmarks bar. 4.org webkit—Safari. (By the way. For more browser info. check out the internet software category. Note that any browser built with the newest Opensource. for example already have this capability.
Streamline adding attachments Wouldn’t it be great if you could drop attachments directly into the attachment box? Check out the Firefox extension Dragdropupload if you are running Firefox 2. . View unread messages first Search on the string “label:unread label:inbox” to force all of your unread messages to the top of the list.) Try bookmarking Cutts’s search and dragging it to your book bar to view all unread messages first. 6.0 (as of this writing. The script adds a “change user” drop-down bar in place “sign out” link.12). Quickly switch between Google accounts If you have multiple Google accounts—a Gmail with Google Apps account and a regular Gmail account. for example— streamline them with this script for Firefox with Greasemonkey. 7. (Note: you don’t have to create any labels for this to work.0.5.0. it hadn’t been updated for 2.
0. but frequently typed phrases can be automated with Firefox extension which allows you to insert designated text with a keystroke.0. 9. Signature is not yet compliant with Firefo 2. (As of this writing. which adds a Gmail menu bar to the Firefox window.) Also try a Windows app called AutoHotKey or Mac app TypeIt4Me. Automate frequently repeated text Signature functionality is built into Gmail. Both apps allow you to create keystrokes automate text in virtually any application.You can also try Gmail Manager (also a Firefox extension). 8. all Gmail messages have dedicated URLs (according to the official Gmail blog tree by printing the message or laboriously copying down the info. Bookmark a single email As of November 2007. Juggle multiple accounts.12. sign in and out. you can CTRL-D (or ?-D) an important email and ref at your leisure. .
especially if the recipients are using a client like Outlook. or disk space. Also. The process may take some time. Unlike a simple forwarding feature. you can easily stop the friendly spam with the Gmail mute function. 11..com on behalf of you@otherdomain. Get it all in one place Gmail’s built-in Mail Fetcher allows you to receive and send from up to five different accounts via POP3. Mute a conversation Ever found yourself subscribed to a mailing list and the current conversation has nothing to do with you? If you don’t wa unsubscribe. then Add another mail account. But it's worth the tr utilize your tricked-out Gmail.I have 25. If you're using Outlook with .com. the original dates and times attached to th messages will appear in Gmail as the dates and times that the messages were imported into Gmail. Don't have to worry ab backups. set up a Gmail IMAP account in your desktop email client. . The thread will stay muted until you unmute it. a Gmail power user. right? Click here for a tutorial from My Digital Life. “You can keep copies on the Google servers and your desktop/laptop/phone so that they are all efficiently accessible and available anytime anywhere.10. POP3 & IMAP forwarding “I recommend using IMAP (where the mail is both on the server and on your local machine(s)/device(s)) and uploading email onto Gmail. and drag and drop your non-Gmail into the folders. One caveat of sending from non-Gmail accounts: the recipients may see you@Gmail. Go to your Gmail Se Accounts. it will als mute itself if your address appears in the To or CC box. you will have to convert or export the emails to mBox data file format before the messages w translate. Select a message in the thread and h key to auto-archive all incoming messages in the conversation.” writes Mark Wheeler.. establish that correspond to your Gmail labels. In the client.P format or Outlook Express.000 emails and have only used 9% of my space!” To upload old email like my friend did. Mail Fetcher allows synchronizing of your Gmail actions with the home server. and your client may hang. 12.
15. To make sure you're as secure as you can be.) If you mention an attachment and forget to add it. this handy reminder Greasemonkey script messages--including replies and forwards--for references to attachments. here's the attachment" messages. Secure your email Work that requires maximum security—or run-of-the-mill paranoia—is made easier with this script with Greasemonkey Firefox. ." "attachment" or certain unknown variations. It'll force a secure connection when accessing Gmail. Rubel has also tons of other great hints. When you happen across text or images you save. (The release notes say that it searches for "attached. install a widget like Windows or Google Notifier for Macs. It'll check your email (and Google Calendar. there's a Firefox extension that will serve the same function (it's n released by Google). if you're a Mac user) as compulsively do. Gmail Notifier for Windows / Google Notifier for Mac Rather than keeping a browser window open and hitting CTRL-R like you've got OCD. Steal his trick by adding the Google toolbar to your browser. check ou internet security category at the web directory. highlight them and click the send to Gmail link. power user Steve Rubel has made his Gmail account into a massive arc his interests.13. 14. a prompt wil 16. Don't forget that attachment If your sent folder is full of "Oops. Get it all in one place With the Google Toolbar and Gmail combined. And as with almost everything else under the sun.
17. blah blah blah. 18. so it's impossible to know. Everyone configuration is different. Google Apps and Google Desktop. There’s gotta be someone out there who needs t . Google Desktop Plug-In for Google Notifier Some users have reported compatibility issues between Google Toolbar. The plug-in also offers multiusername functions and Google Apps support. but Maxim Alexeyev created this which purports to replace Google Notifier for Google Desktop and Google Toolbar users. Check Gmail from the couch with Apple Remote Mac users who actually use their Apple Remotes (show of hands—anyone? anyone?) can check out this that lets you check your Gmail from your couch with Firefox shortcuts.
Another Jim Barr tip. and when you drag and drop a file to the drive. so to exclude Chat when searching. Mac users can try gDisk and Linux users can check out GmailFS. use the str -label:Chat. use the string +label:Chat. Include or exclude Chat from search results Chat conversations are automatically filed like emails with a Chat label. Note that Google Reader and Gmail seem to moving closer together in functionality and interface and it's likely that they'll soon be officially integrated. The –label: and +label: syntax w to exclude or include any label in Gmail search results. Your Gmail space appears Computer/Windows Explorer as an external drive. Use Gmail like an external hard drive Use up any vegetating space in your Gmail account with this Windows drive shell extension. to search only Chat conversations. it sends an email to y Gmail account with the file as an attachment. Conversely. 21.19. 20. Read your Google Reader RSS feeds in Gmail Treat your Google Reader RSS feeds the same way you treat old friends with this Greasemonkey + Firefox script invading your Gmail will offer more-efficient time-wasting than ever before. Note that this is a fairly old program but seems to have been updated for latest Gmail version. .
Use a RSS to podcast site like AudioDizer. This script forces mailto: scripts to open Gmail. 26. you shouldn’t. There’s also a Better Gmail 2 extension for those using F beta.12. (Note: it’s unclear whether this script is compliant with the newest version of 28. Allow HTML use in signatures. but he doesn’t mention testing it with Firefox 2.com/gmail/feed/atom Then sign for a FeedBurner account to host and distribute it.google. Mac users should note Adam Pash at Lifehacker warns that he had trouble getting IMAP to wor Firefox 3 on the Mac.25. force a secure connection convert labels into folders and make the spam folder invisible. the morning subway ride can get pretty boring. And you can’t navigate a smartphone driving—or at least. Better Gmail 2 with all-in-one Greasemonkey script For a one-size-fits-all solution that combines several Greasemonkey scripts into one package. SimpleMail three-paned mail view. Voila! This hack is based on a tip from Mike Donaghy check out these podcast resources. Create a podcast of your Gmail Without an iPhone or Blackberry.0. . Force mailto: to open with Gmail The annoyance of prompts from Outlook or Apple Mail with every mailto: link you click can be ended. check out combines dozens of Greasemonkey scripts into one package. Create an RSS feed from your Gmail account with this syntax: https://username:firstname.lastname@example.org. Cnet strongly recommends the extension in their review. 27.com many options at NextUp to create text-to-speech files. Emulate a mail client For those who can’t decide between a full-fledged mail client and browser-based Gmail.
Check out the full explanation of the Trusted Trio system. (Note that Gmail addresses are not case sensiti incoming emails that wax nostalgic about IBM’s late great OS will be pre-labeled. Thanks to 31. Add address-specific signatures with HTML If you use multiple Gmail accounts. Since Gmail has an archive function built Trapani suggests merely creating two labels—Follow Up and Hold. you can kill off the address. You’ll also have an inkling how the spam got started. this extension will automatically insert HTML-formatted signatures. including Gmail. 32.com. 30. and you can establish filters to sort th +something system also allows you to stop spam before it starts. Based on the address you’re sending from. Have fun! User fluxam reports a list of extensions that were func in 3 beta as of 02/13/2008. you can give your OS/2 user group buddies your address as you+OS2@gmail. if desired. Hold and Arc To keep the Inbox clear. as it could open your system to serious security flaws and bleeding malfunctions. If inappropriate emails with a designated +something address. Sort mail with the Trusted Trio Gina Trapani at Lifehacker suggests sorting your Gmail according to the Trusted Trio system—Follow Up. allow you to append your address with +something—for example. sort all messages into one of these three categories. Pre-label and sort your mail Many email providers. Force Firefox extensions to work with Firefox 3 beta This Lifehacker tip is for extreme power users only. It’s only a few easy steps after the jump. add numbers to get the two folders to dis the order you’d like.29. the Gmail HTML Signatures extension for Firefox + Greasemonkey automates the signature process. .
Edit at your own risk. 35. here’s a comment DevCenter forums that should help. you’ve already got some backups of your email. About | Help | Archive | Terms | Privacy | Affiliate Program © 1994-2008 Best of the Web Directory All Rights Reserved . Backup your Gmail If you’re using a desktop or smartphone mail client.33. Force Gmail Notifier (Windows) to use SSL This wikihow tutorial involves hex editing. Advanced Mac users with Google Notifier. But what if you’re a based? What if Gmail servers were hit by a nuclear bomb? Stop the paranoia and check the Gmail backup tutorial Google Apps backup tips here. 34. Command line Gmail access (Windows) and nightly backup There’s a tutorial—not for n00bs—here.
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