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Quick Tips: Send and receive text messages in Gmail

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Quick Tips: Send and receive text messages in Gmail

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Molly Wood shows you how to enable and use the SMS feature in Gmail chat.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com, here with a quick tip on how to send and receive text messages from Gmail chat. Now, this feature comes to you from Google Labs that's actually not enabled by default, but it's super handy for those times that you know someone is not at their computer and you can certainly type an SMS on your keyboard faster that you can on your phone. Okay, so here's what to do. In Gmail click settings up here in the top right corner. You'll be in the general menu. So from the links at the top click Labs. Now there are ton of features here to choose from, but let's just scroll down or do a find for SMS. Now, click the Enable radio button here and then click save changes at the bottom. Okay, now head over to the Google chat menu on the left side of your inbox. Start typing the name of the contact and you'll see a new option here that reads, Send SMS. Click it and if you don't have a phone number for that contact just enter it and click save. Then a little chat box comes up and you just type a message and hit Enter and then here is the best part. The person can respond by text message and when they do, it will show up right here as if you were just chatting. There you have it, even more ways to communicate in Gmail. Enjoy. For CNET.com I'm Molly Wood and you're welcome. ^M00:01:12 [ Music ]

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