How To Switch Gmail Accounts From The URL Bar

Gmail is possibly the most popular email service today and its success has nothing to do with Google forcing it down people's throat. Gmail itself is an excellent service that can filter spam better than Yahoo Mail (or Ymail?) and Hotmail. It's conversation threads make it exceptionally easy to follow long discussions over email, and with the passage of time Google has integrated Google Docs and Google Drive to make Gmail even more powerful. Just a few years back though you'd be surprised that Gmail lacked a very essential feature; you couldn't switch between accounts easily. You had to sign in and out of accounts to make the switch. This was a problem to say the least since most people have two Gmail accounts (work and personal). Fortunately, the feature was added inside the Gmail web interface but if you've ever wanted to directly open the right Gmail account without waiting for Gmail to load, here's how you can from the URL bar of your browser. Read More

How To Block An Email Address In Gmail

I've used Gmail as my main email service for years now. Gmail's handling of spam is what got me to stick with the service and abandon my Hotmail account. Where Gmail does an excellent job of handling spam, there is a certain kind of spam that it has no filter for; the spam that's not obvious spam, but still spam. These are emails from people that are legit users and aren't trying to scam you out of money but are instead trying to sell you things; office furniture, web development services, or trainings that have nothing to do with you. You can mark these messages as spam but Gmail will not treat it as such and the next email from any of these senders will make it to your primary inbox. There is good news though as a new block feature is being rolled out to Gmail users on the web and on Android. The block feature allows users to block emails by email address. Here's how to use it. Read More

Recall A Sent Email With Gmail’s New Undo Send Button

If you're a power user, you might already be familiar with the Undo Send feature that has been part of Gmail for a while. It's less known among average users because up until a few days ago, it was purely experimental. The feature has now graduated to the stable version of Gmail and it's a life saver for anyone who has ever accidentally hit the 'Send' button only to realize they forgot to attach a file or that they had only written the opening salutation in the email and nothing else. Here's how to enable it. Read More

Archive & Reply To Emails From The iPhone Notification Center With Gmail App

Gmail's just received an update and it has a few really useful new features that let you archive or reply to emails from your lock screen and the notification center. The update doesn't require you to add Gmail as widget to the Notification center but allows you to instead choose whether you want to reply to an email or archive it from the notification alone. If you choose to reply to an email, it will launch the Gmail app, load the email in question and take you to the 'Reply' screen. Emails can be archived by just tapping on the option in the notification center. Here's a look at the new feature. Read More

Gmail’s Inbox Doesn’t Organize Email, It Reminds You To Answer It

A lot of you may have heard about Inbox, Gmail's new email app for iOS and Android. You might be wondering just why Gmail decided to launch a new email app for both these platforms when it already has a pretty great email app for both platforms already out in the field for several years now. I took a look at the new app and also at the need for it to exist, which I found to be genuine. Inbox supports multiple accounts and is built on Material design which works pretty nicely on iOS. One misconception we should probably clear up about Inbox is that it isn't just an email client, it's also a reminder app. The reminder feature is actually a pretty great feature which we'll go in to more detail. Also, access to the app is still invite only. Read More

Sortd Gives You A List Based Interface To Organize Emails [Chrome]

We will never stop looking for new and better ways to manage our email. We have everything from folders, tags, email rules, sophisticated desktop email clients, to color coded labels and yet email is still a formidable part of everyday life. Sortd Smart Skin for Gmail is a Chrome extension that takes a rather fresh approach to email management; the lists approach. It lets you sort emails into lists and  comes with pre-added lists for 'To-Do', 'Follow Up', and 'List 1'. Of course users can add their own lists and duly sort their emails to them. Sortd is currently in Beta however, they are accepting new users daily. Read More

Annotate Attachments For Gmail Lets You Add Comments & Draw On Files [Chrome]

Gmail's threaded conversations show that Google understands how people read, keep up with, and follow up on emails. It's safe to say that Gmail does a good job at giving users most of the features they would need from an efficient email service. While Gmail covers most bases, it doesn't seem to have a note taking feature and it's doubtful that Google might add one. Google has Keep and at the most we can hope it will integrate that some how with Gmail but that is again a long shot. Annotate Attachments in Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you annotate attachments. You can add text or you can draw on them. The annotation is for both your benefit and the benefit of anyone you forward the file to. You can leave a note to yourself regarding what a certain document contains, or you can provide feedback on the document using the extension before you forward it to someone who will in turn be able to read your comments. Read More

Notes for GMail: Add Notes To An Email Or A Conversation Thread [Chrome]

Having to skim through an entire email conversation to find important information is a waste of time. If we lived in a world where communication was a perfected science, perhaps emails would be a lot easier to manage but since we live in a world of bad email subjects we have important information spread out across long email conversations. What would help in this case is a note that we can update regularly to give us the highlights of a conversation every time we opened that thread. Notes for GMail is a Chrome extension that lets you take notes inside Gmail. You can compose notes to yourself and pin them to your inbox so that you see them each time you open an email. Alternatively, you can add a note to an email or to an entire thread. The notes appear with the thread or the email making them easier to keep track off. You can also set a reminder for the notes you create. Read More

Block Emails In Gmail By Subject, Sender, Or Domain [Chrome]

Spam is a common problem we all face. Everyday, we receive tens or maybe hundreds of spammy emails that make our life online miserable. While Gmail is quite good at blocking spam, nothing had particularly worked for me until I gave Block Sender a shot. This handy little extension for Google Chrome makes blocking Gmail spam ever easier and it’s pretty lightweight too. With a single click, you can prevent spam ever coming your way from the same sender or even a domain name. Block Sender currently offers it users four subscription plans, where the Free option can only block 10 emails in total. If you need unlimited blocking the Premium Plan for $4.99/month or $29/year just works fine. Read More

Complete For Gmail Offers Word Suggestions When Writing An Email [Chrome]

I don't use a desktop email client; I prefer to use Gmail in my browser. It has many advantages and a few disadvantages that I won't list here but the disadvantages outweigh the advantages easily. That's not to say I wouldn't say no to any improvement which is why I took Complete For Gmail for a spin. It's a Chrome extension that suggests words as you type them in the compose email window, something that you're probably used to when you type anything on a smartphone. The point is to make typing easier and faster. Read More

View & Compare Attachment Versions In Gmail Threads [Chrome]

Email is the tool we mention every single time we discuss productivity. We'd stop but email is still something that people struggle to tame and it eats up hours of time that can be spent doing actual work so we went and found yet another new tool for making email much easier to handle. It's a Chrome extension called Draftable for Gmail that makes it easy to find attachments that are really updated versions of the same file mailed out over and over a long conversation thread. Sound like a nightmare you might have lived? Trying to find the right version of a document because no one thinks adding a version number to the title is a good idea? That's what Draftable for Gmail helps you out with, among a few other email and attachment related things. Read More

Reply Now Adds Relative Timestamps To Your Gmail Inbox [Chrome]

If you are a Gmail user, you should have a pretty good idea that it already comes with loads of amazing lab features to improve the productivity of its users. However, it still lacks a few things that could enhance your experience even further. Don’t worry. There’s an app (or extension) for most tasks these days, and there are a plethora of extensions for Gmail too. Today, we’re going to present to you a Google Chrome extension for Gmail that actually adds color coded time stamps to your inbox, and it’s called Reply Now. Ever forgot to reply to that important email your boss sent you? Fret not! you will never again after using Reply Now. Read More

SndLatr Compose Gmail Messages Now And Send Them Later [Chrome]

Email has become fairly essential these days. Almost anyone who owns a computer or smartphone has an email account. And when it comes to email services, Gmail is our favorite one here at Addictivetips, but truth be told, there are a few things we wish we could add. For instance, if you’re anything like me, you’ll receive a huge number of emails each day. But sometimes I have to reply to certain emails only at a particular time. If you have ever wanted to write a message in Gmail now but send it a later date and time then SndLatr will come as immensely useful. This amazing Google Chrome extension has been designed to take control out of the hands of Gmail and place it back under your command by letting you schedule emails however you please. What’s more, it allows you to create custom text snippets and use them on the fly. Read More

Automatically Find Unanswered Emails And Add A Label To Them In Gmail

Email is, and probably will be for the foreseeable future, a major time hog in our lives, both personal and work. If sending emails or replying to old ones isn't time consuming enough, you also have to keep track of which emails you sent have gone unanswered so you can send reminders and follow up on them. A week ago Google shared a script on its developer blog to tackle this very problem. The script checks your Sent folder for emails that you sent up to 7 days ago. All emails that you sent out but have not received a reply to are labeled 'Awaiting Response' so that it is easier for you to find them. Read More

Insert Auto Backup Photos From Your Phone Into Gmail Messages

Gmail has rolled out a new feature that lets users attach photos on their phone into emails they compose from Gmail for web. The feature has been integrated in the attach file menu but it requires you to have Auto Backup enabled for your photos on your handset. The new feature will make it easier to attach files from your phone, and the process will be much faster since your photos have already been uploaded online and attaching them is pretty much like creating a link to the photos. If you're using an iOS device you will need to have the official Google Plus app installed on your device and Auto Backup enabled for it. Here's how the feature works. Read More

Remotely End Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, And Twitter Web & App Sessions

I don’t always log into Facebook on a public computer but when I do, I forget to log out. Sound like you? Most people know that you should always be careful when you sign in to a public computer but there isn’t anything that can be done for forgetfulness. If you left an important personal account like your Gmail or Facebook account logged in on a public computer, there are ways to rescue yourself before your information is compromised, or before it falls into the hands of a dangerous prankster. Here is what you can do to remotely log out of your Gmail, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts and end web browser and mobile app sessions. Read More

Password Recovery: When Did I Create My Google Account?

I’m not going to boast about how I think of great complicated passwords for my email account, Facebook, Twitter, and the entrance to my secret lab. I am able to remember them easily but the same can’t be said for everyone and every time I change my password (which I do regularly because security) I do struggle to recall it the first few days. But remembering passwords isn’t easy for everyone and recovering a Google Account password involves a question that one is highly unlikely to remember the answer to; when did you create your Google account? I found this out a few weeks ago when my dad who is aging well but with a poor memory forgot the password to his Gmail account. I had helped him set it up but Gmail wouldn’t let me recover it using the secondary email address. If you’ve had the unfortunate luck of forgetting your Gmail password and you need to know when you created your account, here’s two quick ways to find it. Read More

Hide & Customize Gmail Interface Elements With Gmelius For Chrome

Gmail’s interface has numerous options and settings, some of which you may seldom require. And although Gmail is probably very easy to navigate and use in its default state, these extra functionalities can sometimes get in your way. Gmelius is a dead simple Chrome extension that lets you customize Gmail to your heart’s content by hiding certain UI elements, like ads, the chat area or the footer, which hardly contributes to overall usage. It also lets you make the header auto-expandable and customize the appearance and behavior of inbox elements. Details after the jump. Read More

Track, Delete Or Secure Gmail Attachments After You Send Them With docTrackr

Gmail is probably the best thing invented since the internet itself. That might sound like an overstatement, but it simply is that good. Even if sometimes you’re unable to achieve something that you wanted with it, third-party browser extensions come to the rescue, and help extend and enhance its functionality. One such Chrome extension I recently discovered is docTrackr, which allows users to remotely track or destroy Gmail attachments, and even set view, print and copy permissions to every PDF attachment for preventing any misuse by their recipients. Details to follow right after the break. Read More

Get Screenleap’s Easy Screen Sharing Capabilities In Gmail

The Screenleap web app we covered back in 2012 was fun, simple and much easier to use than most other screen sharing solutions that we had seen. The intuitive service required absolutely no installation, registration or software downloads for broadcasting your desktop to others. If you're a fan of the service or are just looking for an easy way to share your screen with someone else, the service now offers a Chrome extension labeled Screenleap for Gmail™ that adds the same screen sharing functionality right into your Gmail account for easily initiating sessions and inviting others via email. Details after the jump. Read More