10 Gmail Tips You Probably Don’t Know

Google Mail (or Gmail) is really useful. It’s free. It’s powerful. It’s heavy (with features of course). It’s free from banner ads and ads within signature. I’m sharing top 10 Gmail features, tips & tricks which will enhance your Google Mail experience.


Gmail Features, Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

1. Your single Gmail account = Unlimited E-mail IDs

Let’s say my registered Gmail ID is maheshone@gmail.com.

Since Gmail doesn’t recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they’ll all go to your inbox, and only yours. In short:

maheshone@gmail.com = m.a.h.e.s.h.o.n.e@gmail.com

maheshone@gmail.com = mahesh.one@gmail.com

maheshone@gmail.com = m.aheshone@gmail.com

As you can see all the above addresses belong to the same person. You can see this if you try to sign in with your username, but adding or removing a dot from it. You’ll still go to your account.

That’s not all.

maheshone@gmail.com = maheshone@googlemail.com

maheshone@gmail.com = mahesh.one@googlemail.com

Since googlemail.com is Google’s email domain for users in the United Kingdom and Germany, so if you register your username @gmail.com, it becomes unavailable in @googlemail.com as well.

Gmail Plus Addressing

Append a plus (“+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, I can use the ID maheshone+twitter@gmail.com to Sign Up for Twitter and use maheshone+facebook@gmail.com to Sign Up for Facebook. So now you virtually have unlimited email IDs.

2. Catch the spammers using the “Plus Addressing”

Now, I can find out who is spamming me. You can really find out who is spamming you. Next time when you join a newsletter use youremail+newlettername@gmail.com. So that in case you’re receiving lot of spam to that ID you can create a filter to auto delete those mails.

3. Sign Out Remotely

With Gmail you can now track your recent sessions and can also sign out remotely. Click on the “Details” link present at the bottom right corner of your Gmail inbox.

4. Embed images instead of attaching them

Enable Inserting images lab feature and it allows you to insert images directly into a message body. Now you can upload an image from your PC or insert images by URLs by clicking on the “Insert Image” icon located right next to emotion icon in the “Compose Mail” page. Even if you have not enabled this lab feature you can still copy paste images directly to your Gmail body.

5. Undo Send

Enable “Undo Send” lab and it gives you up to 30 seconds to undo the sent mail.

6. Grant access to your account

You can delegate access to your Gmail to another Google account holder. This person will be able to sign in to your account to read, delete and send mail on your behalf. They will not be able to change your account settings or your password.

7. Sender Time Zone

Enable “Sender Time Zone” lab and you’ll see green phone icons next to people who are probably awake and readily reachable (if it’s between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the sender’s local time zone) and red ones next to those who could be sleeping or out of the office.

8. Message Sneak Peek

Enable “Message Sneak Peek” lab and it allows you to preview messages to get a glimpse on what they contain and maybe take immediate action without actually opening them. After you turn it on, right-clicking on a line in your inbox and it shows a preview pane with the message in it.

9. Mark as Read Button

Tired of spending all that effort to click on the “More” actions menu every time you want to mark message(s) as read without reading them? Enable “Mark as Read Button” labs feature and that is just a button click away!

10. Canned Responses

If you’re lazy just like me then “Canned Responses” is just for you and me. E-mail for the truly lazy. Now save and then send your common messages using a button next to the compose form. Or else automate those process by utilizing Gmail filters.

BONUS: Send Free SMS From Gmail

You can send free SMS messages to your using Gmail Chat. Gmail gives you 50 SMS credits. If your contact replies, the text message will appear as a reply in Chat.

Every time you receive an SMS message in Chat (that is when someone replies to one of your message) your SMS credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50. Or else you can send an SMS to your own mobile and then reply to that message multiple times so that your credit is increased by five for each reply. And if your SMS credit becomes zero at any point, then it will become one 24 hours later. So, you won’t be locked out of the system, ever.

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    i do agree with the idea that Google mail is really useful, free and most of all powerful. I myself, get used of this and could probably prove it. Anyway, thank you for sharing these wonderful tips. It does make sense after all. Looking forward for your next wonderful post.

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    I think Google Mail is the best free option available so far. They are going to great lengths in improving their features and, if we take into their integrated approach to everything, I think it is the best option for the future too.

  • http://www.cravingtech.com Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com

    I didn’t know about the first one! And last time I was so pedantic and nervous to make sure that I’ve got people’s email addresses right (firstnamesurname@gmail.com or firstname.surname@gmail.com).

    Now I know it doesn’t matter :)

  • Doh!

    “…they’ll all go to your inbox, and only yours…”

    …well, all except for the first and third examples which, since you accidentally left the “l” off the domain, will actually go to some dude on the Carribean island of Nevis. Who no doubt appreciates learning your return email address and whatever information you included.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Wow! Great find… I really really appreciate it.. :))

      *Corrected. :)

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