11 ways to make Gmail smarter
Gmail is great, but it's easy to make it even better. These tricks and add-ons can help you make the most of your e-mail.
Gmail comes packed with plenty of smart, sleek features, and smart users are discovering (or building) new ones every day. Here are some of our favorites:
Use keyboard shortcuts. Once you start using shortcuts to access commonly used Gmail tasks, you'll find them hard to give up., and includes a that lets you add hypertext links to your messages.
Sign in to multiple accounts simultaneously. Many users need more than one account. Maybe it's for work, maybe it's for juggling separate boy- or girlfriends, but it can be hard to remember which account you're using.on the same machine.
Access Gmail offline. Webmail has had one significant disadvantage over the years: limited offline access. Google rolled out full offline access for Gmail last year, though it's limited to the Chrome browser. Sharon Vaknin wrote a great guide
Manage Contacts. There are quite a few ways to make your Contacts shine. Learn how to, and . Nicole Cozma explains (a potential lifesaver), and then , which can reduce clutter and make your Contacts easier to use.
Secure your account. It doesn't take much to protect your account against hackers and other ne'er-do-wells who may want to snoop on you or use your good name to further their scams.quickly and easily.
Schedule e-mails to be sent later. Jason Cipriani wrote this great post showing you, a free service that lets you schedule e-mails to be sent whenever you want.
Customize mass mailings. Gmail does have some limits as to how many messages you can send at once, butthat can help you customize messages going out to large numbers of recipients. As long as you fly under Google's radar, this can make it easy to reach lots of people.
Make Gmail your default "mailto:" client. If you're sick of copying and pasting e-mail addresses from Web forms into Gmail, there's a simple change you can make in Chrome that
Add a whitelist. Have any important messages drifted into your spam folder? Nicole Cozma shows you, which should help keep friends, family members, and clients in your inbox, where they belong.
Change the default font. You may not have as many options as you'd like, but the simple ability to change fonts in Gmail makes some of us absurdly happy. Nicole Cozma shows you
Add autocorrect. These days, it's hard not to depend a little too much on autocorrect tools built into office and e-mail software.adds this functionality to your favorite Web app. Rest easy!