Gmail Tips & Tricks to Make You a Gmail Ninja

Gmail is one of the most-used email services in the world. As of 2017, it has more than one billion active users worldwide. The following tips will help you make the most out of Gmail and enhance your Google Mail experience.

Gmail Tips and Tricks

1. Change The Display Density

CHange Gmail Display Density

You can adjust the display density of messages in your Gmail account. This feature may come in handy when you open your messages from other devices with a different size of the browser. It makes your message more readable.

2. Hide unwanted options on the left sidebar 

How to show or hide labels in Gmail

You can hide labels that you do not use on the left sidebar in Gmail such as Categories, Circles, Chats to make your sidebar appear clean. To review all your labels, go to Settings and select the Labels tab. You can either click show or hide next to each label. 

Learn more about: How to use labels in Gmail.

3. Use Gmail Priority Inbox to manage your emails

gmail priority inbox

Once you turn on the Priority Inbox, your inbox is divided into multiple categories, so you see the important stuff right up top, out of the way of the junk. Gmail will only notify you when you have an important message. If you keep Gmail open in a tab, that unread count only goes up if you get an important email, so you aren't constantly tempted by an overflowing inbox.

4. Personal Level Indicators

With the Personal level indicators, you can easily identify messages that have been sent only to you. Go to Settings, check Show indicators in the Personal level indicators section, and click Save Changes at the bottom.

Then, head to your inbox. If you see a double arrow in an email, it means that you are the only recipient of the message. 

gmail personal level indicators

 

5. Mark as Read Button

Gmail Mark as Read Button

You can add the Mark as read or Mark as unread action to the toolbar so that you don't have to click More then select an action. Go to Settings, select the Labs tab, then click Enable next to Mark as Read Button. Remember to click Save Changes at the bottom when you're done. Now you can mark a message as read in one click. 

6. Google Calendar Gadget

You can access Google Calendar right inside your Gmail inbox. Go to Settings, select the Labs tab, then click Enable next to Google Calendar gadget. A new widget showing upcoming events from your Google Calendar will appear in your Inbox. 

Google Calendar gadget in Gmail

7. Auto-advance

Gmail auto-advance

This feature shows the next conversation when you delete, archive, or mute a conversation instead of going back to your Inbox. To enable Auto-advance feature, go to Settings, select Labs, then click Enable next to Auto-advance

9. Desktop Notifications

If you enable Desktop Notifications, you will receive a notification whenever you receive a new message. You adjust this feature in the General tab of Settings.

10. Gmail HTML Version

You can access the HTML version of Gmail (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/) when your Internet connection is poor or when Gmail is down

11. Dots In Your Email Address Doesn’t Matter

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. For example, [email protected], [email protected][email protected], etc. are all identical. They all belong to the same person. This means that you can even log into your account using those addresses. 

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