is really useful. It's free without feeling cheap. It doesn't add ads
to the signature line of your email messages, and it gives you a very
generous amount of storage space. Here's a few things you may not have known you can do with Gmail.
1. Use Gmail Offline With Google Gears
you have Google Gears installed, you can use Gmail on the Web just like
you were using it from a desktop client. It runs in three modes,
online, offline, and "flaky connection" for those times when you can't
count on a good signal. If you send message while you're offline,
your message will be sent while you reconnect, and you can browse
through the messages you've already received.
2. Get Driving Directions From Gmail
someone send you an invitation with an address? Google automatically
detects addresses in messages and creates a link to the right of your
message asking if you would like to map it. It also asks if you'd like
to track packages when you receive messages that contain them.
3. Turn on Experimental Features With Gmail Labs
Labs is a feature of Gmail that allows you to experiment with features
that aren't necessarily ready for wide release. If they're popular, they
might eventually be incorporated into the main Gmail interface. Example tools include Mail Googles
that attempts to give you a sobriety test before you post on the
weekend. Another includes a game. Gmail Labs also includes the very
useful task list.
4. Add Gmail Themes
Rather than using the same Gmail background, you can use Gmail themes. Some themes even change during the day, similar to iGoogle themes. Some of them make your email harder to read, but most of them are pure fun.
5. Task Lists
feature took a long time to arrive, but it was worth the wait. You can
create a task list that shows you your to-do items and lets you check
them off when completed. It also allows you to assign due dates and add
details, as you would expect. Your task list can stay hidden, float
above the other items on your page, or open in a new window. Your task
can also be viewed in iGoogle or Google Calendar.
6. Get Free IMAP and POP Mail
competing Web mail systems either don't offer offline access or charge
for them. Gmail supports both POP and IMAP, which are industry standards
for desktop email clients. That means you can use Outlook, Thunderbird,
or Mac Mail with your Gmail account.
7. Use Google Apps to Send Gmail From Your Own Domain
seen plenty of people give out Gmail addresses as their professional
contact, but you might still be worried that this might not look
professional. There's an easy solution. If you own your own domain, you
can use the free version of Google Apps to turn your domain address into your personal Gmail account.
Messages going to firstname.lastname@example.org would reach you using
Gmail's servers, and your clients would never know the difference. It's
also easier and cheaper than trying to maintain your own email server.
8. Video Chat From Gmail
is integrated with Google Chat and lets you send instant messages with
your contacts. You can also engage in voice and video chats from both
Windows-PCs and Macs. Video chat integration is not currently supported
by the standalone version of Google Talk.
9. Check the Gmail Server Status
is reliable enough that outages make the news. That doesn't mean they
don't happen. If you ever wonder if Gmail is down, you can check the
Google Apps Status Dashboard. You'll find out if Gmail is running, and
if it is down, you should find information about when they expect it to
be online again.
10. Remember the Milk
If you're not happy with Gmail's task list or you want to use a service with more features, try Remember the Milk.
It's not made by Google, but it integrates with Gmail. You can still
see your task list in Gmail or have reminders sent to you by email.