7 Tips and Tricks for the New Gmail
I’m still getting used to Gmail’s new interface and sometimes hit the wrong button, like compose when I mean to hit send. No biggie except it took me a week to realize this, no wonder people weren’t responding to my (un)sent emails! How dare Google move the send button on me?
Initial frustrations aside, there are quite a few useful tools and custom settings to take advantage of if you know where to look. Here are a few of my favorite tips for getting the most of of Gmail’s new design:
- Undo Send: Yes, this is real… but only works for the few seconds following your accidental click of the send button. To enable this amazing feature go got Settings > Labs > Undo Send.
- Display Density: To change the number of emails you see per screen, head to the Settings button and choose from comfortable, cozy and compact.
- Themes: Glam up your Gmail. Make it pink or egg plant or maybe choose a nice background of smooth pebbles. Go to Settings > Themes to find something that fits your mood.
- Button Labels: The buttons above your inbox are automatically switched to icons with the new Gmail. If you want your labels back go to Settings > General > Button Labels.
- Markers: Important and starred icons are now both yellow and right next to each other. Change the color of your starred items head to Settings > General > Stars, then drag and drop your new preference. If you want to turn off important markers all together go to Settings > Inbox > Importance Markers.
- Circles: For those of you on Google+, Gmail’s new design incorporates your social circles. To hide or display certain circles click Settings > Labels > Circles > Show in Label List. When you receive a message from someone in your circuses it will be tagged with their circle name.
- Google Docs gadget: This is for people who live on Google Docs. Access your documents more quickly by adding the widget in Settings > Labs > Google Docs gadget. It will appear in the lower left hand corner of your Gmail.
Getting used to any new design just takes time, so always check, recheck and check again before you send anything. Even with the nifty Undo Send button, nothing is worse than the pain of sender’s remorse.
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