Some Gmail tips most people don’t know about!

Gmail has spam and malware filters which are well ahead of the competition; it has a record of being online pretty much 99.9999% of the time. Here are some great tips to help you get even more benefits from your Gmail account.

Customize your email address without changing it.

Sometimes, you need to supply your email address when creating an online account, making a purchase, etc. By adding a plus sign and a tag to the end of your Gmail address, you can keep track of who has shared your email with others. For example, when making a purchase on Amazon, you could enter janedoe+amazon@gmail.com on the order form. Messages sent to that address will still appear in the janedoe@gmail.com inbox.

Similarly, when signing up for online newsletters, you could enter janedoe+news@gmail.com. Then you can use a Gmail filter to put all incoming newsletters to a special folder (label).

If you want to, you can also add dots to your username, like this: jane.doe@gmail.com or even j.a.n.e.d.o.e@gmail.com. Gmail ignores the dots and treats all those addresses the same as janedoe@gmail.com. This way you can work with different email addresses.

Delegate authority over your Gmail account.

You can give another person (e.g. work colleague or family member) access to your Gmail account without revealing your Gmail password. That delegate may then send Gmail in your name, read your mail, and delete messages for you. But a delegate can never change your password or other settings. You can add or remove a delegate at any time. Go to https://support.google.com/mail/answer/138350?hl=en

Gmail Labs

There are some cool optional features there that you can enable with a couple of clicks. If you are logged into your Gmail account, click the gear icon, select “Settings” and then “Labs.”

A very useful one is “Quote selected text.” That allows you to highlight a block of text in a message, and it will be quoted in the outgoing reply message. Without this feature, you have to manually trim all the unwanted text in your reply message.

You can enable any of the Labs options to try them out. Have fun!

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