So here's the 3rd post in my "GMail Tips" Series! If you usually don't go around tweaking GMail, first check my earlier post on 10 GMail Features you must know!
- GMail Desktop Gadget
- FoxGLove - Browser for Google Lovers!
- Let's add a smile to your mail!
- Pimp your GMail with themes!
- 3rd Party Applications: GMDesk, AlwaysIdle, Greasemonkey scripts...
- Don't just type. Speak (And act?)
- Google Transliteration Bots!
- Labs: Reply Addons
- Labs: Canned Responses
- Labs: Label Addons
- Labs: Keyboard Shortcuts
Most of the time, all you do is check mail, sign into GTalk and maybe read your Blog Feeds. Here's a Portable Firefox Package, that gives you the feel of Google Chrome and power of Firefox. Have a look on LifeHacker & DownloadSquad!
We all love emoticons don't we? So how about adding some emotions to your mail? Check out the small Smiley Icon in your Formatting toolbar, and see a huge list of emoticons! (Infact, there are 2 different styles! Check the button below the emoticons!)I Loooove GMail!!
I've talked about it before, and like everyone else I'm in love with them! Have a look at my favorite themes!
It's not just Google which helps us enjoy every moment we spend using GMail. There are plenty of 3rd party tools to play with (But take care, since they aren't by Google). Like:
GMDesk - A standalone application made in Adobe Air which gets GMail on your desktop.
GAlwaysIdle - To always stay Idle on GTalk. (Really helpful :D)
Greasemonkey scripts - Add more features to GMail (and other Google Services) using these scripts in Firefox! (Caution: Use with care!)
GMail now allows you to do Voice & Video Chat! Though it isn't really of much use for me (Net speed in my campus are pathetic), it still is a great feature! Check the official blog to know more!
Surprise your friends by saying नमस्ते (Hindi) or Bonjour (French) or こんにちは (Japanese)! Or add bots in group chat just to see some crazy translations! All this instantly, using GTalk Bots! Add them in your contaact list now! (Like firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Long conversation, loads of replies. Getting lost in who's replying to what? Then "Quote" people!
Going on a vacation? Let your GMail send automated replies by scheduling it before hand!
Have a look at some of the Reply Addons in GMail Labs!
How often do you reply by saying "Nice mail" or "Thanks for mailing, will reply soon"? How about storing your frequent replies as separate templates? Check this out to know how!
Chances are you are a Label Freak like I am. And you have loads of labels, and love color coding them. Then add more colors to your Labels by using Custom Label Colors! And ofcourse, when you have a lot of them, you should use Label Keyboard shortcuts to access them faster! Read more here!
Though I've talked about it before, it's always good to remind right? Navigate through GMail without touching your mouse! And if the default ones aren't enough, add more Custom Keyboard Shortcuts!
Hope you're experimenting with these features (As they said!)
That's it for the moment! Tell me which of these do you like using? Anything that I missed? Do let me know by commenting! :)
PS: See my earlier posts in the GMail Tips series: