Sometimes you might want to quote a small part of an email in your reply. This can be achieved with a handy Gmail Lab. (It was originally launched as a standard Gmail feature, but later moved into Labs).
Most of us have, at some time or other, sent an email only to realize that it contained something that was incomplete, misleading, or just plain wrong.
Gmail has a Lab to help you. The Undo Send lab can be added to Gmail via the cogwheel button, by selecting Settings from the drop-down menu and then Labs:
Google recently did a make-over of the Contacts page to use the newer ‘material design’ look, as I recently described in this post. One feature that was lost in this update (and was sadly missed by many users) is the ability to sort contacts either by first name OR last name.
To compose a new email in Gmail, you (of course) click on the Compose button, which opens the popup editor:
Sometimes, though, you want to open the editor without it sitting on top of your gmail interface – perhaps so you can refer to another email while composing.
I recently posted about the Google Tasks app, which can be a useful productivity tool.
A neat trick that can save a few minutes of typing is to create a new task directly from a Gmail message.
With the message selected, use the More button and select Add to Tasks:
Sometimes a Gmail thread can continue long beyond the point where the conversation ceases to interest you. It can be an annoyance to have these messages cluttering your inbox, but Gmail provides a simple mechanism to eliminate them.
A read receipt lets you know when someone to whom you sent an email has opened it. That can be pretty handy, especially when the email bears time-critical information such as travel or meeting plans.
Read receipts are supported in Gmail, but are available only for Google Apps for Work, Education, and Government customers. They are not available in personal Gmail accounts.
Sometimes it’s useful to allow others to use your Gmail account for a temporary period. For example, perhaps you need to grant access to your inbox to a colleague, because you’re going on vacation but you still need someone to read and respond to important messages on your behalf.
In a recent post I discussed how Gmail marks up your messages with arrow symbols to show whether they were addressed to you, to a group, or to a list. On the screenshot I used, you’ll have noticed too that some of these markers are highlighted in yellow:
Gmail displays a column of arrows, that it calls personal level indicators, next to the messages listed in your Gmail interface. These arrows allow you to tell if each message was addressed to you, a group, or a mailing list.