Most of us spend a large part of our day reading and writing e-mails. If you're a Hotmail (now Outlook.com), Yahoo! Mail, or Gmail user, you may already be familiar with using Webmail keyboard shortcuts. They can save you time by not having to constantly take your hands off of the keyboard to reach for a mouse. But how many of those shortcuts have you actually learned?
What happens to e-mail when you print it out? Is it still e-mail or has it moved into a different plane of existence? Regardless of the existential questions that arise, you now have a very fitting place to put your printed e-mails. Stuff them into a DIY Mail Purse.
The DIY Mail Purse gets part of its name from the fact you have to assemble it yourself. Don't worry, ThinkGeek says it will only take 15 minutes of your time. It comes with precut polyester felt pieces, cotton rope, basswood splints, and a shoulder strap. Assembly is just a matter of running the rope through some holes.… Read more
Quick question: do you use Gmail or Google Docs more frequently?
If you answered the former, this handy trick may be of interest. It allows you to add data to a spreadsheet in Google Docs from a form you can quickly access from your Gmail inbox. This form can even be accessed on your phone (at least in my case, using an iPhone 4S and both the native Mail app and the Gmail app).
Here are the steps needed to set it up:
1. Create a spreadsheet in Google Docs.
2. From the Tools menu, select Create a form.
3. … Read more
When you're mobile, running errands, or even traveling, there may not always be time to write a response to those who contact you. It's easy to forget what you need to do with an e-mail you've already read sitting in your inbox. Maybe a family member sent you something they want feedback on, or maybe a business client needs a question answered. In either case, you want to let the person on the other end of the e-mail know what's going on with you and when you'll be able to devote time to … Read more
If you're anything like me, your inbox doubles as a kind of to-do list. You mark important messages as unread so you remember to attend to them later.
Just one problem: As more e-mail arrives, those unread messages get pushed farther down the list, until they're eventually out of sight -- and out of mind.
What you need is something akin to a snooze button, a way to delay important messages to a later time or date so they reappear when you're ready to attend to them.
Did you read Mat Honan's tale of woe last week? The one where his Amazon, Apple, Gmail, and Twitter accounts were hacked and his digital life was eradicated?
If not, I strongly encourage you to read his story. In a nutshell, hackers strung together pieces of information to gain access to several important online accounts. The results were personally devastating for him. But his story is a good lesson for all of us. After learning the details of the attack -- from one of the hackers himself, no less -- Honan says he regrets three things most of all.… Read more
When your e-mail inbox starts filling up it, it becomes more difficult to keep track of what you need to do for each message you've received. Maybe you need to get verification on a work contract, add a reminder to call Grandma Betty about one of her famous recipes, or follow up with someone once you have more information. Unfortunately, Gmail doesn't offer a solid feature to add notes like these.
You might be thinking: what about drafts? The issue with creating a draft is the possibility of sending said draft. This could cause issues with personal or … Read more
"YES!" was my out-loud reaction to Google's latest update to its multiple account sign-in feature. Currently an opt-in tool, new Account Chooser simplifies the login process, greatly reducing the number of times you have to re-enter your usernames and passwords throughout the day.
First spotted by The Next Web, the Account Chooser applies to both personal accounts and Google Apps, and works with most popular Google services, like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Plus.
With the Account Chooser enabled, the sign in screen will display all of your Google accounts, accompanied by their respective profile photos. Meaning, you'… Read more
One of the most infamous alerts for new e-mail, AOL's "you've got mail," is now available as a Chrome extension to alert you of new Gmail messages, as reported by Mashable.
Setup of the extension, aptly titled You've Got Mail, is all that lies between you and a trip down memory lane.
Install the extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Log in to your Gmail account. You can close the tab, or leave it open -- you'll be alerted either way.
Sit back and wait for a new e-mail, or send yourself one to … Read more
A number of users are reporting problems accessing Gmail on their iPhone or iPad.
According to AllthingsD, users have been receiving error messages along the lines of "mail service imap.gmail.com is not responding" when trying to log in to Gmail on their iOS devices.
Google is apparently aware of the issue, and in its Gmail forum, a company representative has tried to offer users a work-around:
We are aware of the issue and we are working to resolve for the accounts affected.
For users that may have joined this thread after my posts (they are at … Read more