Gmail is one of the most useful internet services that are provided for free. Unlike other email services, Gmail provides lots of options to handle emails and perform various important tasks much more easily. However, Gmail itself is a must-have email service but additional features added by Google has made users’ sign-up to the service a compulsion.
So, if you’re a GMail user and want to get most out of it and become its so called “Power User” then today, I am representing you 18 most useful GMail tricks that will help you to perform various important tasks very easily.
Find All Unread Emails
All the recent unread emails are available at first few pages of your Inbox so there would be no problem to check them and finally mark them read but what if you are having hidden unread emails that you are not able to locate even after navigating up to 20 inbox pages?
Fortunaely, Gmail “in:unread” feature can help you. Just write in:unread at your GMail search-box and it will filter-out all unread email. So, you can easily read important unread emails that you might have missed and remove unimportant emails.
Adding Custom Shortcuts
Shortcuts are always useful to access the feature that requires lots of steps by just pressing a shortcut key. GMail Labs serve you the feature to add shortcuts to access lots of locations (such as inbox, labels, spam), drafts at GMail.
Just navigate to Gmail labs by follow the same procedure mentioned above and enableCustom Keyboard Shortcuts option. By default, you can press “C” to compose, “R” to reply and pressing “?” anywhere will show you full list of shortcuts at GMail.
Connect Business Emails To GMail
Lets say, you are having a website mydomain.com and a professional email address for firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not comfortable to manage emails at your commercial email address from the server provided email service, you can simply connect that email address to your GMail.
You can then manage incoming/outgoing emails from that email address using GMail while using the same business email address to get emails and reply back.
Steps to connect commercial email address with GMail:
Step 1: Login to your website’s cPanel. Use “Email Forwarder” Option provided there and forward mails from your business email address to Gmail email address.
Step 2: Login to your GMail and navigate to Settings > Accounts. Under “Send mail as:”section, click on add another email address of your own. A pop-up box will appear. Just add your business email address that you’ve forwarded at Step 1. Proceed further by clicking onNext Step without changing any other settings.
Undo Sent Emails
GMail Labs provides you option to undo accidental emails that you’ve sent in a hurry too. To use this feature, visit your Gmail settings from the gear shaped icon provided at top-right corner.
Now, navigate to “Labs” Tab. Scroll down to Undo Send and activate this feature. So, whenever you send an email, a yellow bar will pop-up providing you option to undo the sent message.
Ever wanted you email to sent at specific future time? Well, Boomerang for Gmail provides you this feature. This GMail add-on will not only let you to schedule emails for the future but also let you to set reminders, do response tracking, track clicks, recur messages, get read receipt etc.
The DOT (.) Trick
Dots (.) within your email address are invisible to GMail. What it meant is that, you can put as many dot within your email address, wherever you want and all emails that will be sent to those your original email address.
Lets say, if your email address is email@example.com then email sent firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. will ultimately approach to your original email address i.e., email@example.com
You can even use this alias to login your original GMail account too.
Creating Unlimited Alias
Well, this trick can be considered as an upgrade to the DOT trick. It lets you to create unlimited different email address of your original GMail address and all the emails send to those alias, will ultimately approach your original GMail address inbox.
To use this trick, put plus (+) sign after your email address and whatever you will write after it will get you a different email address which will still send email to the original one.
For example, assume your original email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, you can use alias such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com etc. but all emails sent to these different alias will ultimately approach firstname.lastname@example.org.