Help and Tips
Help with Google's Gmail tool. Configuring your Gmail account, marking e-mail as important, auto-forwarding e-mail, and more.
#1: Add Your Own Photo to the Background
Create a theme in Gmail based on a photo of yourself, spouse, friend, travel destination, or whatever.
#2: Automatically Archive a Conversation you Respond to
Respond to a lot of email in Gmail and need to keep your Inbox clean? Send your e-mail and archive the conversation in one step.
#3: Stop Automatically Adding New Addresses to Autocomplete List
Prevent Gmail from remembering everyone you send e-mail to and displaying them in the autocomplete list.
#4: Show Unread Message Count as an Icon
Glance at your web browser's Tab Bar to see how many new messages are in your Gmail Inbox.
#5: Change Your Name When Sending E-Mail
Use a nickname or your business name when sending e-mail from Gmail.
#6: What is Gmail? And How do I Sign Up?
Information on Google's free Gmail electronic mail and messaging platform, and how to get an account.
#7: Use Your Own Colors for Gmail
Tired of the default Gmail theme colors? Use your own to personalize Gmail.
#8: Do Not View Pictures Provided by Contacts
Prevent contacts' pictures in Gmail from appearing, substituting your chosen pictures (if any).
#9: View a Popup Contact List When Composing Email
Gmail offers a contact list when composing e-mail so you can visually pick and choose recipients.
#10: Add More Emoji (Emoticons) Such as Sports, Fruit, Flags, and Music
If you like Gmail's emoticons but wish you had a bunch more to choose from, a Labs feature gives you plenty more to play with.
#11: Keep Track of What You Need to Do with Tasks
Keep track of people to meet, errands to perform, places to go, and other things with Gmail's Tasks feature.
#12: Create Common Canned E-Mail Responses
In a hurry? Create canned responses to frequent e-mail queries in Gmail.
#13: Move the Chat or Labels Section to the Right
Keep your chat and label options visible in Gmail by moving one or both to the right side.
#14: Play Snake Game within Gmail
Take a break responding to e-mail in Gmail with a Snake Game.
#15: Add a Smiling Face
Insert emoticons such as smiling faces, weather symbols, and food items into your messages.
#16: Print E-Mail Messages
Use Gmail's print function to print e-mail, not your web browser's.
#17: Show More/Fewer Topics on a Page
Show more or fewer topics per screen when reading mail with Google's Gmail.
#18: Remove All Spam Quickly
Notice the spam removal link in Gmail? This immediately removes all currently detected spam from your account.
#19: Change the Display Language
Display Gmail's user-interface in French, Spanish, or another language.
#20: Remove Quick Contacts / Chat Area
Disable Gmail's Quick Contacts / chat area from appearing on the left side of your screen.
#21: Add a Signature to Your Messages
Automatically add text to the end of your Gmail e-mails such as your job title, an advertisement, or an interesting quote.
#22: Going on Vacation? Let People Know!
Gmail contains a Vacation response feature where you can let others know why you won't be responding to their e-mail for awhile.
#23: Don't Leave Your Account Dormant
Access your Gmail account regularly so you don't lose it.
#24: Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Tired of using the mouse AND keyboard when reading and composing messages in Gmail? Turn on keyboard shortcuts to common functionality.
#25: Toggle Showing Mail Snippets or Subjects Only
Clean your Gmail inbox display or peek inside every message.
#26: Auto-Forward Your Email
Read your Gmail account from other e-mail addresses or portable devices.
#27: Search for Email Containing a File Attachment Type or Filename
Query Gmail to find e-mail containing specific types or names of file attachments.
#28: Export Your Contacts
Need to access your Gmail contacts inside a different e-mail program, or just want them saved on your machine for safe keeping?
#29: Mark Certain E-Mail as Important
If you need to recall certain Gmail messages quickly, mark them as important with a star.
#30: Change Text Color When Composing E-Mail
Colorize your e-mail when composing messages from Gmail.
#31: Labeling E-Mail
Categorize e-mail in your Gmail inbox and folders with labels.
#32: Disable Web Clips Above the Inbox and E-Mail Messages
Disable ads, Gmail tips, news, and other information from appearing above your Inbox and e-mail messages.
#33: Clear Your Trash
Quickly delete unwanted e-mail in Gmail's trash can.
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