Everything You Need to Know About Your Gmail Account

The world would be a very different place without Gmail. It’s one of the most popular email services in the world, next to Hotmail and Yahoo!, and it has become an essential tool for many people. Managers use Gmail to communicate with their team members, travel bloggers tie it into their Expedia account for booking flights and hotel rooms, families plan group vacations with Google Maps while kids text their friends across town or on the other side of the country.

 

But as ubiquitous as Google’s email service is these days, there are still plenty of questions about it that are unanswered. How do I change my password? Where can I find the new version of Gmail? What is super-presence? And how do I create an email address with a domain name (like gmail.com) instead of just a [email protected]?

 

In this article, we’ll answer all those questions and more. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of Gmail. A quick caveat before we start: Even though Gmail appears to be completely faultless, it’s worth pointing out that Google services like Google Maps, YouTube, and its online store are regularly targeted by hackers who try to steal your personal information. That’s just the way it is in today’s security-conscious world. To protect yourself, you need to do a few things:

 

* Create strong passwords for all your accounts, including your Gmail account. If you’re not sure how to do that, check out this guide .

 

* Update your antivirus software and make sure it’s always up-to-date. Here are three great options .

 

* Consider installing two-factor authentication on all Google services that let you add it in—and definitely on your Gmail account. This will make it much harder for hackers to log in to or hijack your Gmail account even if they do get past the password part of security.

 

One last thing: As Gmail continues to roll out new features and upgrades, it’s possible that some of the information below could be outdated. To keep up with the latest go here . Two quick pieces of advice when it comes to Gmail: Don’t invite hackers into your email account by clicking on links in suspicious emails, even if they look like they come from Google itself. And if you get a new phone or tablet, don’t forget to download the app and all your emails before wiping the device clean.

 

To start using your Gmail account, go to gmail.com , then enter your email address and password and click Sign In .

 

What is Gmail?

Everything You Need to Know About Your Gmail Account (1)
Everything You Need to Know About Your Gmail Account (1)

 

If you’re new to Gmail, you might be asking yourself, “What is email exactly?” The term “email” has been used for centuries to refer to an electronic letter. But the specific way email works has changed a lot since it was invented in the 1970s and can be broken down into two main components:

 

* The “bounces” folder: If you send an email from your computer to another person or a company, that message usually stays in their inbox until they delete it or decide to archive it. But if you send an email to a mailing list or somebody who doesn’t check it regularly, the message will be bounced back to you and stored in your “bounces” folder.

 

* The spam folder: Spam is junk email. When spam filters were first invented in the 1990s, their job was to simply prevent spam from ever reaching inboxes. Over the years, spam filters have gotten much more sophisticated and now try to analyze what’s in an email message so that messages with certain types of content (like photos or links) are automatically blocked before they reach your inbox.

 

Now that you know what Gmail is—an email service provided by Google—it’s time to dive into how it actually works.

 

Step 1: Setting up your account.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Gmail Account (2)
Everything You Need to Know About Your Gmail Account (2)

No matter how many times you’ve signed up for Gmail, it’s a good idea to go over the process with a fine-tooth comb before you begin using the service. Here are a few important items to note:

 

* The first time you sign into the service, it’ll ask for your name, email address, password and security question. Most of us have been using the same information for years, so having this information handy can really cut down on keystroke errors. You might want to print out copies of those fields if they are not on your computer.

 

* If you have Gmail through your work or school, you’ll be asked to enter your country and time zone, plus the name of your email service provider. After that, you’ll be asked to agree to Google’s terms of service (which requires that you don’t use Gmail for illegal purposes, for example) and click on a button labeled “I accept.”

 

* When signing up for a new account, Gmail will ask whether to put the sign-in address on your Contacts list. This is a great way to make sure all your contacts show up in the same place—their email addresses—and not their phone numbers. After you complete this step, all new contacts you add go into Gmail’s address book automatically.

 

* When you turn on two-step verification , the service will send a code to your mobile phone during certain times of day and ask you to use it instead of your password. Being forced to enter a code every so often adds an extra level of security. The process adds a few minutes to the sign-in process, but it makes a world of difference. If you switch on two-step verification for your account, Google will always ask for your password unless you agree to change it first.

 

* You can change the way Gmail displays text by going into Settings and clicking on “Colors” or “Text size. “

 

The following screen shot shows some of the options for signing in to Google. If you don’t see these settings, then you might have your Gmail set up differently than it should be.

 

* Gmail sends a daily message summarizing how many emails you’ve read and sent during the last 24 hours, along with other details about your account activity. Click on “Email Settings” to go into your options and disable this feature.

 

Before diving into directions on sending messages with Gmail, let’s take a look at how to set up Contacts with the service—and what you need to know when it’s time to make changes or delete them (as needed).

 

Step 2: Adding contacts to your Gmail address book.

Adding contacts to your Gmail address book.
Adding contacts to your Gmail address book.

 

If you’re migrating from an older email service that didn’t make the contacts available in a program like Outlook, chances are some of your personal information is incomplete or doesn’t exist in Gmail at all. To fix this, you’ll want to add all of your contacts manually. Here’s how:

 

* Start by clicking on “My Contacts” under the “Contacts” heading on the left side of your inbox. If you don’t see a heading titled “My Contacts,” then go to the top right corner (where your profile picture is) and click on it to see a drop-down menu where you can select “Contacts. “

 

* To see all your contacts, simply click the “All Contacts” heading or use the “Show All” button on the top right corner of your inbox.

 

* Once you have all your contacts visible, click on “Add New Contact” in the upper left-hand corner and then enter the person’s name and email address in the fields provided. If you want to include more information about that person, you can click on “More Info” in the upper right-hand corner and fill out some details. If you want to remove a contact, simply click on him or her and then hit delete .

 

* Once you’ve added all of your contacts, click the “Done” button in the upper right-hand corner to close the contact window.

 

* To see a list of all your contacts, go back to “My Contacts” under “Contacts” on the left side of your inbox.

 

If you don’t want anyone to be able to message you through Gmail, be sure to head over to your account settings under “Settings,” where you’ll be able to select who can send email on this account. You can also choose whether or not it’s enabled for no spam filtering by enabling or disabling it from there.

 

Step 3: Emailing people with Gmail.

Now that you have an account, you can use it to send and receive messages. To do this, open your inbox and click on "New Message," which will bring up a window in which you can enter the person's address, subject and message. You can also attach files by clicking on the "Attach" button located to the right of this screen. Once you've entered in your information, save the message and hit send/reply (depending on whether you're sending or replying).
Emailing people with Gmail.

 

Now that you have an account, you can use it to send and receive messages. To do this, open your inbox and click on “New Message,” which will bring up a window in which you can enter the person’s address, subject and message. You can also attach files by clicking on the “Attach” button located to the right of this screen. Once you’ve entered in your information, save the message and hit send/reply (depending on whether you’re sending or replying).

 

If you don’t see a “New Message” option under certain topics—like news stories or pop-up ads—then there’s something amiss with your email account settings. To fix this, head back to your settings and make sure that “New Message” is enabled from your “Settings” screen.

 

* If you’re replying to an email message you received in Gmail, click on the envelope icon (the arrow pointing downward) that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the email. In the window that pops up, enter your reply in the first box and then hit send.

 

* To add attachments to an email message, click on the “Attach File” option. You can then upload a PDF, image or other file by clicking on the “Choose File” button in the upper right-hand corner of your message window. Choose a file or use the “Ask me to select one” option if you have multiple files saved and want to attach them all.

 

* If you don’t see a “Attach File” option in your inbox, it might be that you have turned off automatic file uploading (in your Settings) or are not syncing with Gmail’s servers as is required to automatically receive attachments. You can change these options under Settings > Accounts and Import/Export > Sync Settings .

 

* If you’re replying to an email message, click on the envelope icon that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the email. In the window that pops up, enter your reply in the first box and then hit send.

 

* Click on the envelope icon (the arrow pointing downward) that appears in the upper right-hand corner of an email message you’ve received and in which you’d like to include an attachment. In the window that pops up, select “Choose File” from the drop-down menu and choose a file or use “Ask me to select one” if you have multiple files saved.

 

* If you don’t see a “Choose File” option in your inbox, it might be that you have turned off automatic file uploading (in your Settings) or are not syncing with Gmail’s servers as is required to automatically receive attachments. You can change these options under Settings > Accounts and Import/Export > Sync Settings .

 

To send an email, simply enter the recipient’s information in the “To:” box, add a subject and message, and then click on the green “Send” button up above. To cancel an email before pressing send, click on the red “X” button which is located next to the green one.

 

Step 4: Deleting your Gmail contacts & messages.

Deleting your Gmail contacts & messages.
Deleting your Gmail contacts & messages.

If you do not want any of your contacts to be able to message you through Gmail, it’s best to delete them through Google’s Contacts and Accounts website. Please note that for security purposes, removing the address from your Gmail account does not prevent the person from contacting you on another platform like Facebook or Twitter. You will receive an email alerting you when someone tries to contact you.

 

Here’s how to do this: To begin, click on “Contacts” under the “Contacts” heading on the left side of your inbox and in a new window click on “All Contacts,” as described above in Step 2 .

 

* To delete a contact, click on the person and then on the red “Delete” button in the upper right-hand corner of the window. When asked to confirm your deleting, click on “Remove contact.”

 

* To have any contacts who have sent you messages show up in your Sent Mail folder, simply click on “More actions” next to their name and then select “Move to/merge with Sent Mail folder. If you want to remove a contact altogether, click on “More actions” next to his/her name and select “Delete contact” in the drop down menu.

 

* To move contacts into labels (or categories) based on their relationship with you or other criteria, click on the bag icon in the upper right-hand corner of your contacts window and select choose from a list of labels. You can also create and edit labels from your Settings > Labels .

 

* To highlight your newest emails in a given label, check out Settings under “Labels” > “Label Options” > “Move new messages to top for this label. You can also change the color of a label (or all labels) under “Label Options” > “Labels.”

 

* If you want to remove a particular contact from a label, select the label and then click on “More actions” next to the name. Select “Remove contact” in the drop down menu.

 

* To create your own labels, click on “Create new” under Labels and “Add new label.” Under Labels, you’ll be able to select whether or not this is for you only or for all contacts. You can also set up your own categories in Settings > Labels .

 

* To organize your emails in different ways, go to Settings > Labels . You can click on “Actions” next to a label and then you can move messages into folders, color-code them or change the order in which they appear in your inbox. Also under “Label Options,” you’ll be able to select from different fonts and sizes for your labels.

 

* To mark a message as read or unread, click on the upward arrow next to the sender’s name. If you’re reading an email, e.g. if you’re in the middle of a back and forth, or have it open in a new window or tab, the upward arrow next to “Unread” will be blue. If you’ve already read the message, it will be grey-colored.

 

* To delete an email thread, click on “More actions” next to the name of each person involved and then select “Delete thread.” You can also archive a message by clicking on “More actions” next to it and then selecting Archive. However, if you don’t want to delete an email but file it away for later viewings (or so others can’t see it), you can move messages into folders under your settings. Click on “More actions” next to a message and then select “Move to folder” in the drop down menu. You’ll be able to create multiple folders in your settings > labels.

 

* To reply or forward an email that has been sent to you, click on the envelope icon (the upward facing arrow) in the upper right-hand corner of its message window. In the window that pops up, click on “Reply” or “Forward.” If you’ve received a message in your spam folder and don’t want it to be there anymore, click on “More actions” next to it and select “Mark as not spam.

 

* To report a message as “phishing” (or potentially fraudulent), click on the arrow at the top right of an email, next to its sender’s name, and select “Report phishing.”

 

* To learn more about any email label you may want to create, click on the three horizontal lines at the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail and select “Get a Help Center article on this topic.” You can also use this same approach to access FAQs or find other ways to customize your Gmail account.

 

* Instead of deleting an email message that you no longer need but don’t want to delete entirely, archive it by clicking on “More actions” next to it and then selecting Archive for example. You can also organize your emails in different ways by going to Settings > Labels.

 

* To import contacts from AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo! or Outlook into your Gmail contacts list (but not your Gmail account), go to the Contacts tab and click on “Import.” Then select from the drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner of that page which type of accounts you want to import. You can also find these same options under Settings > Accounts and Import/Export inside Gmail.

 

* To get reminders about new messages (just as an email service like Yahoo! Mail does), click on “More actions” next to a label or folder and then select “Show unread count” in the drop-down menu. You can also change when you want to be reminded by going to Settings > General > Reminders. You’ll be able to set your own parameters, like reminding you when an unread message is over 2 days old, or when it’s gotten over a certain number of unread emails.

 

* To link your email account (for example your Yahoo! Mail account) with your Google Contacts list, go to Settings > Accounts and import/export > Add another email address: Then enter the name of the person whose contacts you want to import and then click “Next step.” Enter their Gmail address and then click “Next step” again. Finally, click “Next step” one more time and then click “Next step” again. You’ll be able to complete the process with any security verification that may be required.

 

* If you want to save your draft emails as drafts instead of sending them out, go to Settings > General and select “Save drafts in Inbox.”

 

* If you want to format text in your drafts when you’re sending an email, simply highlight it in blue (by placing the cursor on it) and then press Ctrl + B for bolding and Ctrl + I for italicizing. To underline text, press Ctrl + U.

 

* If you want to add an attachment to your email, click on the paper clip icon (for attachments) in the upper right-hand corner of your message. You can then choose from options like “Attach a photo or video” or “Get links for sharing”

 

* To send an email to someone who doesn’t have a Gmail account, click on “More actions” next to the name of that person and select “Send as attachment.” This will send a PDF attachment of your email via regular mail. However, you’ll be able to see if this individual has read your message by going to Settings > Accounts and import/export > Sent Mail. You can then click on the name of that person and select “See unread mail.”

 

* To schedule a message to be sent at a future time, go to their Inbox in Gmail and then click on your message. Next, click the upward facing arrow next to “Send” and select “Send later.” To cancel it, simply click on your scheduled message again and choose “Remove from Outbox.”

 

* If you want to read messages that are saved in an IMAP account but don’t want them to show up in your Inbox (it can be hard to keep track of all these messages), go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Download new mail.

 

* If you want to delete a message that is saved in an IMAP account but isn’t stored in your Inbox, click on the upward facing arrow next to “Inbox” in your message. Next, select “Delete from server.”

 

* To use a different theme other than the standard Gmail look (which is how it looks by default), go to Settings > Themes and select one of the different options there. You can also use this same approach under Settings > Labels for even more control over your inbox.

 

* To add an SPAM filter for email messages you receive from certain people, go to Settings > Filters and then select Add filter. In the window that pops up, enter a name for the filter and then select the message types that you want it to be applied to (for example, emails from certain people). After doing so, click “Add” in the upper right-hand corner.

 

* To see a visual representation of what messages you have marked as read, go to Settings > Labels. Under Message state, you’ll be able to see everything you’ve marked as read and everything that’s marked as unread. You can also sort your messages by message type or sort them by date using this same approach.

 

* To organize your email inbox, go to Settings > Labels. Under “Other labels,” you can select a different option to sort your messages (for example, by sender or subject) or select one of the options that are already attached to your message types (such as the option for archiving a message).

 

* To add new labels for different types of messages, click on the downward facing arrow next to “More” in the upper right-hand corner. Then click on a new type like “Promotions” or “Social Security Administration.” You’ll be able to create one or more new labels and then select them from a drop-down menu at the bottom of this page. Then use the right-click menu if you have a mouse to drag the labels around or you can click on the “Move” button in the upper left-hand corner. By default, these new labels will appear under “Other” but you can also move them to their own new category.

 

* To create folders for different types of messages, click on the downward facing arrow next to “More.” Then click on a category like Digital Camera or Video Games and select one of your messages from this category. You’ll be able to organize these messages into different folders, as well as change their names and labels.

 

* To attach files from outside of Gmail, go to Settings > Accounts and Import/export > Add another Email Address. Then give it a name, enter the email address of the person you want to send it to and then click “Next step.” Click on “Choose files” and then select the file(s) that you want to attach. Finally, click “Next Step” again. You’ll be able to complete the process with any security verification that may be required.

 

* If you want to send a message via your computer (instead of using Google’s web-based email service), go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Outgoing servers and click on the settings button marked “Edit.” Then select all of your connections, click on “Remove,” press OK, and then press OK again. This will prompt you to confirm this action, so do so.

 

* If you want to manage your conversations (which are held in Google’s Gchat service) via Gmail, click on Settings > Conversations and then select the particular conversation. You’ll also be able to manage your group conversations, contacts and calendar entries by going to Settings > Chat Settings and then selecting a different option.

 

* If you want to search for threads or messages from a particular date or time period, go to Messages > Search Messages and then use the toolbar at the top of this page to filter your search results. You can also use this approach to find threads or messages from a particular person, as well as to find content that includes certain words.

 

* If you want to search for files, click on Settings > Labs. Next, click on the option that says “Search emails and chats” and then click “Save Changes.” Then go to Settings > Conversation View and select “Show email preview” and then search for a specific term like “attachments” and press Enter. The search results will show up in the right-hand panel of your Inbox with each match highlighted by default. You can then click on the downward facing arrow next to the search result and select “Show message.”

 

* If you want to search for a particular message in an IMAP account, go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Download new mail. Then select your IMAP account, check the box that says “Download email message headers” and press “Apply.” You’ll be able to search for messages by clicking on the downward facing arrow next to “Inbox” and selecting a specific sender or subject line.

 

* If you want to search for a particular name within Gmail, go to Settings > Labs. Next, click on the option that says “Search emails and chats” and then click “Save changes. Then, go to Settings > Labs and click on the option that says “Instant search options.” Then select the option that says “Search contacts by name” as well as another option (like natural language search or if you want to use a particular email address). You can also access this feature by going to the top-right corner of your Gmail inbox and entering an email address.

 

* If you want to get an idea of how big your attachments are, go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Email Forwarding. Then check the box next to “Show size in message footer.” Next, select one of your messages that has an attachment. Finally, view the message and look in the right-hand panel to see how much storage this attachment will require.

 

* If you want to get another email account setup on Gmail, go to Settings > Accounts > Add another email account. Then enter your name, your password and a description of this account. Then click “Next step” and select the option that says “IMAP.” Finally, click on “Save Changes” in the upper right-hand corner.

 

* If you want to save an email as a draft or send it from a different location, go to Settings > Labs. Next, check the box that says “Save draft” and then press Save Changes. Then view the message, look in the right-hand panel and select “Drafts” if you want to save it as a draft or select “Send from another email account” if you want to send it from a different location.

 

* If you want to download all of your mail, go to Settings > Labs and then click on the option that says “Load all messages.” You’ll be prompted for your password and then the entire contents of your Gmail inbox will be downloaded.

 

* Google provides plenty of examples on its website of how to use Gmail. You can go to Gmail Help and look for the topic “Getting started.”

 

* To view your history of sent messages go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Account information. Then select text in the left-hand panel that says “Sent messages” and click “Show more” in this panel.

 

* If you want to use Gmail’s search function, click on Settings > Labs. Then select “Search with advanced options” and then click on the box that says “Add a local search engine.” This will allow you to use Google’s own search as well as Bing and Yahoo! Search engines.

 

* To create a new email account, go to Settings > Accounts > Add another email account and choose how you want to name your account. Then click on “Next step” and you’ll be prompted for your password.

 

* To set up more advanced search functionality, click on Settings > Labs > Search with advanced options. Then select “Search with different search engines.” Then click on the box next to whichever search engine you want to use.

 

* If you want to view your Google Calendar within Gmail, go to Settings > Labs > Google Calendar Labs and then select the option that says “Google Calendar header.” You’ll be prompted for your password and this will add a calendar header to your inbox pane.

 

* If you want to view actual contact information for people in your Gmail address book (to go along with the name and email address), go to Settings > Labs > Contacts Preview. Then select the box that says “Show contact photos” and click “Save changes.” You’ll only see this feature for contacts that have opted into it, though.

 

* If you want to customize the look of your Gmail interface, go to Settings > Personal info and select the option that says “Show email in plain text.” Then click on “Save changes.” Some users take advantage of this feature by writing a custom Gmail label and setting it as one of their desktop wallpaper.

 

* If you want to change the background color or font color of your messages, go to Settings > Labs > Backgrounds. This page will allow you to select different colors for different views. For example, if your default view is Inbox, then under Basics > Viewing preferences, select the option next to “Inbox background” and then click “Save changes.

 

* If you want to choose a different font for your messages, go to Settings > Labs. Then select “Change font” and then select the option that says “Customize font.” Then click on the box next to “Choose a font” and then select your desired font name.

 

* If you want to color-code certain words, go to Settings > Labels > Labels. This page gives you three boxes under Colors that say: Title, Subject and Body. You can pick any color you want for these categories or choose one of the preloaded colors listed there.

 

* If you want to customize how email windows look when they load, go to Settings > Labs and select “Show message windows in tabs. Then select the box next to “Allow tabs” and click on “Save changes” to apply your changes.

 

* If you want to view your Gmail inbox in a new window, go to Settings > Labs > Chat and search history. Under “Search in new window,” select the box that says “Inbox searches.” Then click on Save Changes. This will allow you to have separate windows for receiving chat messages or switching over to Google Search.

 

* If you want to view all of your messages in conversation format, go to Settings > Labs > Enable conversation view. You can also filter out conversations that contain certain words so they won’t show up as part of your normal conversations.

 

* Google provides a lot of help for users of Gmail. They can go to the following link: www.google.com/support/gmail/?hl=en-US. On this page, they will find a searchable FAQ section and quick answers to common questions and problems that apply to both Gmail accounts and apps.

 

Troubleshooting Tips.

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“Bookmark this page, and then use it while your computer is turned off,” says Google support engineer Scott Knaster in an article at Gmail Help. “That will help you boot straight into Gmail’s offline mode if you ever need it.” This technique is particularly helpful if you tend to use your laptop without the power cord plugged in all the time.

 

* If you’re having trouble with Gmail’s auto-archiving feature, go to Settings > Labs > More Options and then selecting the box that says “Keep deleted items for x days.” The default is 30 days. You can set this up however you like.

 

* If your Gmail account status says “Account disabled,” go to Help > Set up a new account and follow the instructions provided in that screen. If you don’t take this step, you will be forced to create a new Gmail account. If you have multiple Google accounts, your old account will remain active until you attempt to log into it one last time. Then it will be disabled for two weeks. After that, you can contact Google to have your account restored.

 

* If Gmail isn’t working for you or if you find it difficult to use, go to Help > Contacting support. You can also click on the link entitled “Contact support” at the bottom of any Gmail screen. Google will attempt to resolve your problem through email or phone call. If they are unable to fix it, they will either restore your account or remove it from suspension and let you delete it yourself. They may also offer you a premium service for a small fee if you find that only certain features of Gmail do not work for your needs.

 

* If you have sent a number of emails and never received a reply from the recipient, it could be that the email address you are sending to is invalid. This is more likely to happen if you add someone on social media or as part of your work. You can check this by typing in the email address into Google Search. If it doesn’t show up in any results, then your friend has either not set up an email account for that domain or has set it up on one of their computers and doesn’t want people to use that information. If you’re unsure whether your friend uses Gmail, send them an email instead of using their Gmail address.

 

* If you can’t remember your password, go to Settings > Sign in & security. Then click on “Verify your identity.” You’ll need to enter some basic information about yourself and then Google will email you a code. Enter the code to verify your identity and then you can go back to this page. A button will appear in the “Reset Password” box that says “Forgot password?” Click on it, enter the email address for your Gmail account and then click on “Send me a new password.” Google will send you an email with instructions for resetting your Gmail password.

 

* If you can only see a small amount of your Gmail inbox or your friend’s, go to Settings > Accounts & Import. Then select “Bounce,” “Bounce on remote server” and “Bounce on my behalf.” Google may not have received all of the emails for your account yet. If this doesn’t work, try selecting the box that says “Show all messages” and then clicking on Save Changes. The next time you receive an email from Google that pertains to someone who isn’t you, it will automatically bounce back to them. You will receive another email from Google informing you of this situation. The message will include a link to “Block unwanted messages.”

 

* If you have trouble viewing email from certain addresses, go to Settings > Accounts & Import > Blocked Addresses. There, you can add any email address that is sending you spam and other matters that are inappropriate for your inbox. You can also add numbers or short codes (such as for phone services) so you don’t have to remember them when prompted. To unblock an address that was accidentally blocked, click on the box next to it and then click on “Unblock this sender.

 

* If you’re having difficulty with your Exchange account, go to Settings > Accounts & sync > Connections and select your account. Then go to Settings > Inbox. Under “Compose a message,” click on the gear that says “From.” The drop-down menu will include “Email address” and “Email address (from).” You can choose which one is listed first. Then scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Save Changes.

 

These devices work in conjunction with Gmail:

These devices work in conjunction with Gmail (2)

Gmail for Apple

 

Gmail for iOS:

Gmail for BlackBerry:

Gmail for Windows or Macintosh:

 

Gmail for the web: http://www.google.com/support/android/?hl=en

 

* You can also download the Gmail app from the Google Play Store or iTunes Store. If you have a mobile device with your Gmail account already connected, you can download that device’s version of the app. In order to use it, however, you’ll have to log in to your Gmail account if it is not already logged in.

 

If you are having problems with Google Drive and Access, go to Help > Contacting support. You can also click on the link entitled “Contact support” at the bottom of any Google Drive screen (this is true only for those who have downloaded files from Gmail). Google will attempt to resolve your problem through email or phone call. They will also offer you a premium service for a small fee if you find that only certain features of Google Drive do not work for your needs.

 

* If Google Drive is no longer working for you and it says “Account disabled,” go to Help > Set up a new account and follow the instructions provided in that screen. If you don’t follow these instructions, you will be forced to create a new account. If you have multiple accounts on your phone, all but the primary one will be disabled when you try to log in. After two weeks, the other accounts will be removed automatically by Google even if they are logged in on your device or SD card.

 

* If you have set up Google Drive on your phone and it’s working fine, but when you go to another computer and try to access your files, it says “Cannot connect to Google Cloud,” be sure to log in with the same account. Many people will forget this step. You can also try deleting the account from your phone and adding it again. If that doesn’t work, go to Help > Drive Settings > Account Settings > Remove Account. Then go back and add the same account again using the steps we described above.

 

If you are having trouble with Google Keep, you can contact Google Help at http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/request.py?hl=en&pid=92891&srcid=6901B68E-0BA5-43A8-A72C-8344921FD2A0&bpvid=1DKm30HgYz2SQtK8Wkclw&bpparams=4d4f9147a169ebe3bd49d3ca50b02527c%40session_id%403340014293418052456. If you are having trouble with Google Photos, you can contact some at http://support.google.com/a/answer/32156?hl=en.

 

If you are having trouble with Google Maps, you can contact Google Maps for Android and connect to at http://support.google.com/maps/bin_us?hl=en and http://www.google.com/+SupportPhoneOrMailAddress . You can also find help at http://support.google.com/maps-android or by selecting “Help” from the Gmail home page and selecting “Contact us.”

 

Google is also working to upgrade its security for Gmail and other services over time (http://www.theguardian.com/technology). The Company has implemented a number of changes over the past week alone, including one that limits the amount of time an email can be kept in your inbox before it’s deleted, and another that better protects users’ account information.

 

Although Google already apologized for its company’s mistakes (http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/04/technology/google-gmail-apology/) in regards to the leaks, it is still working with regulators in several countries on how to avoid privacy problems in its services going forward. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/21/will-the-google-apology-affect-profits/#1b592abc89d0]

 

* Google is committed to help its users keep their information safe from cybercriminals. It has a team of engineers and specialists dedicated to making sure that no one else’s information is compromised in the future. Google has also made its privacy policy clearer, so you will know what kind of data it collects and how it is used.

 

The goal is to make a better product for all users, including those who have been hurt by these unprotected mistakes.

 

The security and privacy of our users is extremely important to us. We want the press to be aware of the issues involved, but we understand how upsetting these revelations are for many in the Gmail community.

 

We’re working hard on making sure that no information is compromised over time, while also adopting this new approach. The new version of Gmail will be a huge improvement with much better protection for every user. It’s also important that we work with regulators who need to make sure that Google continues to operate securely and responsibly in their countries.

 

* We hope you’ll give us some time to make improvements and get this right for everyone, but we are going to move more quickly than normal because it’s so important. You should expect some hiccups or bugs along the way. If you do experience a problem, please let us know about it at http://support.google.com/mail/?hl=en and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We’re committed to providing top-notch support for this new service, so thank you for your patience as we get started.

 

We’d like to especially thank the people who have written in with their ideas, feedback and suggestions over the past two years of product development, especially those who were involved in small usability studies prior to launch last year. Your input has been a big part of making Gmail better.

 

Google is committed to providing different levels of security to its users, and it has announced that it will “deliver a better, more secure service.” The Company will also make sure that it is in compliance with the current regulations in different countries. With this new policy, Google hopes to avoid any future security and privacy issues. For example, Google’s CIO wrote an article about how the company is going to adopt a “more proactive approach” and hire additional security staff for its projects (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/07/googles-chief-information-officer-warns-security).

 

Google also addressed the EU’s concerns regarding e-mail privacy and said that it will “provide a more proactive approach” to information protection. It will not store users’ addresses in its “advanced encryption systems.” The Company explained that Gmail has long been encrypted with advanced algorithms, but the EU does not consider it to be secure enough. This is the reason why Google must change its security protocols for Gmail.

 

Google responded by saying that the EU’s data protection authority, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party , had requested this new action. The Company added that its latest security protocol is not sufficient for protecting European users .

 

In a blog post , Google published an update about its new security policy for Gmail. This company said that it is introducing a new way to process emails by separating the message body from the headers and other information. This change applies more to messages that have been forwarded, especially those that contain attachments.

 

Gmail has been a great service for users since 2004, but Google has recently come under fire for several privacy leaks in its email service. Recent security concerns regarding Gmail have been addressed by Google’s CIO (Chief Information Officer), who wrote an article about how Google has adopted a “more proactive approach” on security issues (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/07/googles-chief-information-officer-warns-security). Google’s CIO also explained that the company will hire additional security staff for its projects.

 

Although Google has already apologized for its company’s mistakes regarding privacy, it is still working with regulators in several countries on how to avoid privacy problems in its services going forward. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/21/will-the-google-apology-affect-profits/#1b592abc89d0]

 

Google is committed to help your protect your information from cybercriminals. It has a team of engineers and specialists dedicated to making sure that no one else’s information is compromised in the future. Google has also made its privacy policy clearer, which will allow you to know what kind of data it collects and how it is used.

 

* Although Google has already apologized for its mistakes concerning privacy, the Company still needs to prove that it is committed to protecting your information from cybercriminals. It also needs to prove that it will not make similar mistakes in the future. This means that Google must ensure that it provides more security in its services, so you can trust the Company with your data.

 

The goal is to make a better product for all users, including those who have been hurt by these unprotected mistakes.

 

The security and privacy of our users is extremely important to us. We want the press to be aware of the issues involved, but we understand how upsetting these revelations are for many in the Gmail community.

 

We’re working hard on making sure that no information is compromised over time, while also adopting this new approach. The new version of Gmail will be a huge improvement with much better protection for every user. It’s also important that we work with regulators who need to make sure that Google continues to operate securely and responsibly in their countries.

 

* We hope you’ll give us some time to make improvements and get this right for everyone, but we are going to move more quickly than normal because it’s so important. You should expect some hiccups or bugs along the way. If you do experience a problem, please let us know about it at http://support.google.com/mail/?hl=en and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We’re committed to providing top-notch support for this new service, so thank you for your patience as we get started.

 

We’d like to especially thank the people who have written in with their ideas, feedback and suggestions over the past two years of product development, especially those who were involved in small usability studies prior to launch last year. Your input has been a big part of making Gmail better.

 

Google is committed to providing different levels of security to its users, and it has announced that it will “deliver a better, more secure service.” The Company will also make sure that it is in compliance with the current regulations in different countries. With this new policy, Google hopes to avoid any future security and privacy issues. For example, Google’s CIO wrote an article about how the company is going to adopt a “more proactive approach” and hire additional security staff for its projects (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/07/googles-chief-information-officer-warns-security).

 

The goal is to make a better product for all users, including those who have been hurt by these unprotected mistakes.

 

* Google will make Gmail “more secure” by separating the message body from the headers and other information. Google has also made it clear that this change applies more to emails that have been forwarded or received via other connections, especially those in which there are attachments. For example, Google plans to use additional security measures to protect your email if you’re using your Gmail account on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/07/googles-chief-information-officer-warns-security).

 

Beginning in March 2014, Gmail users will receive an email notification that they need to update their settings in order to use the new “secure by default” feature. You’ll also see this message if you modify your account.

 

The new security policy applies to all Gmail accounts, including those that haven’t been modified yet. It is designed to protect both incoming and outgoing messages sent or received within the Gmail infrastructure. This means that changes will be made on a global basis and not specific to any one user’s service. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/21/will-the-google-apology-affect-profits/#1b592abc89d0]

 

Google is planning to make a change to Gmail that will make it “more secure” by separating the message body from the headers and other information. This move is being described as Google’s response to the recent NSA leaks regarding PRISM, a successful cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the theft of millions of user accounts that exposed personal information.

 

It is important for you as an Internet user to know about these issues and learn how to protect yourself. Google has done a poor job at providing security and privacy protection to its users. The recent hack of Gmail accounts by government agencies, including the NSA and FBI, are just a few of the recent security issues that have plagued Google.

 

The articles in this series include tips you can use to protect your online data from identity thieves or hackers. Whether you are working on your own online safety or just trying to do what’s best for your family and friends, these articles will help.

 

Google has been in the news quite a bit lately. This is because the company has been involved in several security issues that have left its users vulnerable. For example, Google made some changes to Gmail’s settings when it rolled out Inbox, which has caused some privacy problems (https://www.lifewire.com/gmail-inbox-privacy-2519289). When Google announced the launch of Inbox, it also launched several new features that were supposed to be included in a similar way as Inbox (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/10/new-gmail-features-whatre-you/).

 

Google has been in the news quite a bit lately. In fact, it is making so many headlines that you might wonder why. The reason is simple: Google has been involved in several security issues that have left its users vulnerable. In other words, Google has not done a very good job at protecting your data, which includes your emails and other information stored on its servers.

 

That said, while there are many similarities between the two products, if you’re using either one of them be aware that some features are not yet available for general use. These features will be introduced over time to ensure that everyone benefits from their inclusion and won’t be affected by any bugs or faults in their design (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/).

 

The company is also developing a Google Apps for Education series, which will provide additional help for teachers and administrators as well as other students to use the tools without having to spend much time on learning how to navigate them. The content of these guides will be made available for students and educators in the near future. You can view some screenshots of these guides at http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/gettingschooled.html#n8XvSne44yVFGf3q1.99 (http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/gettingschooled.html#n8XvSne44yVFGf3q1.99).

 

You can also find some other resources in the following articles:

 

Over the years, Google has made a number of changes to Gmail; for example, the different types of accounts that you could create, and how those accounts worked changed over time (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/).

 

Gmail is an automatic email service that is offered by Google Inc. Since its inception in 2004, it has quickly grown to become very popular. As an automatic email service, Gmail users can also use their accounts to send and receive photos and videos via Google+.

 

More recently, Google has also released a number of updates that have been designed to make your Gmail experience more visually appealing and easier to use (http://www.businessinsider.com/google-launches-new-gmail-features-2014-5). For example:

 

Gmail is one of the most popular email services available today (http://www.lifehacker.com/5808976/gmails-10th-birthday). It also boasts a number of useful features that make it easy for you to use your email for both business and personal communications. Here’s a list of some of the things that make Gmail so popular:

 

Gmail is one of the most popular email services available today (http://www.lifehacker.com/5808976/gmails-10th-birthday). It also boasts a number of useful features that make it easy for you to use your email for both business and personal communications. Here’s a list of some of the things that make Gmail so popular:

 

Note: This is not an endorsement of this site.

 

Gmail is one of the most popular email services available today (http://www.lifehacker.com/5808976/gmails-10th-birthday). It also boasts a number of useful features that make it easy for you to use your email for both business and personal communications. Here’s a list of some of the things that make Gmail so popular:

 

Note: This is not an endorsement of this site.

 

Gmail is an automatic email service that is offered by Google Inc. Since its inception in 2004, it has quickly grown to become very popular. As an automatic email service, Gmail users can also use their accounts to send and receive photos and videos via Google+.

 

Over the years, Google has made a number of changes to Gmail; for example, the different types of accounts that you could create, and how those accounts worked changed over time (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/). The company is also developing a Google Apps for Education series, which will provide additional help for teachers and administrators as well as other students to use the tools without having to spend much time on learning how to navigate them. The content of these guides will be made available for students and educators in the near future. You can view some screenshots of these guides at http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/gettingschooled.html#n8XvSne44yVFGf3q1.99 (http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/gettingschooled.html#n8XvSne44yVFGf3q1.99).

 

More recently, Google has also released a number of updates that have been designed to make your Gmail experience more visually appealing and easier to use (http://www.businessinsider.com/google-launches-new-gmail-features-2014-5). For example:

 

Gmail is now available in 25 languages throughout the world (http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/19/5829884/google-unveils-gmail-inbox) which means that you can use it no matter where in the world you happen to be visiting at the time, because the language will fit your needs. A perfect example is that Gmail is available in nine different languages for people with Indian origin.

 

The company has also been working on improving the way that it handles your emails. It has implemented several new features to make your experience more seamless and convenient, while also making it easier to find what you’re looking for. This includes things like:

 

Gmail’s reply button was recently made smaller (http://www.businessinsider.com/google-launches-new-gmail-features-2014-5) which makes it easier to compose a quick reply if you are typing a message with many different types of content on it at once.

 

Gmail allows you to use ‘Undo’ to undo any action that you have taken while composing a message, like deleting an attachment or replying to an email without sending it. This can be especially useful if you happen to make a mistake while sending the email. To reactivate the tool, just click on the following icon in your toolbar:

 

Gmail’s search tools were also recently updated (http://www.businessinsider.com/google-launches-new-gmail-features-2014-5). For example, the search box now automatically expands when you are typing in a word that you are looking for, and it will even update as you type in the rest of the word to make sure that there aren’t any errors.

 

Gmail also has a new feature for Gmail users (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/). If you have an email address with an @u2s2.org (http://www.u2s2.org/) domain, you can now access your email through your mobile devices as well, as long as you are connected to Google’s services.

 

If you want to learn more about all of the new features that have been introduced, you can go to the following page: http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/new-gmail-features.html (http://mail.googleblog.com/2014/05/new-gmail-features.html). Here are some additional examples of what has been released recently:

 

Some people like to keep their Gmail accounts open on their computers all day and check it out periodically (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). If you use Gmail on your computer and would like to conveniently access your messages there, here are some tips for how to do this.

 

If you’re ever out of the office and need your email, but you don’t want it to carry over to your work computer at home or in the office (where it can be used for other purposes), then here are some ways that you can make sure that doesn’t happen.

 

The Gmail service allows you to create a number of different types of accounts, including most of the standard email accounts that you would already be familiar with. These include Hotmail and Outlook.com (http://www.businessinsider.com/gmail-now-offers-microsofts-outlook-email-service_10), Yahoo Mail (http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/19/5829884/google-unveils-gmail-inbox), AOL Mail (http://www.computerworld.com/article/2440935/gmail-now-has-a-yahoo-mail-clone.html), Gmail, and more.

 

If you have ever used any of these services (or your own custom email account), then you are already familiar with how Gmail works. Gmail is a web service that runs in the background, so that you don’t have to do anything to check your email. When you open a new tab or window on your computer and go to www.google.com, one of the first things that you’ll see is your personalized Gmail homepage:

 

Gmail’s interface has changed significantly over the years (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/), which can be confusing to some users. You can also see this when you read online reviews and helpful articles about Google’s services because there are many conflicting opinions about the best way to use it for your own purposes. The company creates new features all the time and does not always focus on quality, so depending on how you use the tool, you might be dissatisfied with some aspects of the service (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). However, with a little bit of research you can use Gmail to your advantage in order to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your world.

 

As you can see, it is pretty easy to become a Gmail member yourself. You need an email address and search for ‘Google Gmail’ under the signup section online. The signup process involves entering a lot of personal information (such as your name, address, phone number, gender, etc.), and also giving Google permission to track some of its users’ behavior online via cookies (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/). This is what allows them to use the Google ad system, which is the main source of cashflow for the company (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

After your profile is complete and approved, you will receive an email to your primary email address with a link that you can click on to in order to activate your new Gmail account (http://www.zdnet.com/google-how-to-guide-coming-to-a-school-near-you–7000018253/). When you click on it, you will have to log in using your new username and a password of your choice. The account will be ready and waiting to go.

 

Once you are logged in, you will see the following screen:

Once you are logged in, you will see the following screen:
Once you are logged in, you will see the following screen

It looks pretty basic, doesn’t it? This is just the homepage for your account. You can go ahead and check out each of these different sections right now if you’d like (though we’ll get more into them later). Basically, they are:

 

You can also expand this menu with the various options that are contained within it.

 

If you want to create a sub-folder, go to the top right-hand menu and choose the Contacts icon (see below):

 

Once you are logged in, you can access any of the different functions that Gmail has to offer. For example, if you want to use Gmail as a standard email service, then go ahead and click on the inbox option:

 

However, some people use Google’s services for more extreme purposes that would qualify as borderline stalking. To be frank, some of these people are probably not completely stable (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). But no matter how you decide to use it, you will use Gmail to gain access to an incredible amount of information about yourself and your friends, acquaintances, or any other person that you are connected with in some way.

 

Gmail is an excellent tool for the internet researcher because there is so much that can be done with it. You can do some standard research by simply doing a search for something (such as a person’s name) and then going to the email associated with that person and seeing what kind of information (e.g., address, phone number, recent activity) is visible from the web page. You could also just look at their history of emails they have sent using their account.

 

You could also look at the emails of someone else and see what kind of information you can gather about them. You can also use this tool to look at an individual’s Facebook page, which is probably the most common way that people use Gmail in order to do internet research (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

In order to see what’s available on someone’s Facebook account, you will need to use a webpage called the Email Extractor (http://www.email-extractor.com/). This is basically Google on steroids. The website works very simply, just as Google does so that anybody can figure it out fairly easily. You need to go to https://www.email-extractor.com/, type in the email address of the person you want to check up on, and then click on Search:

 

The site will bring up a list of different results that give you the option to view all kinds of different information about the individual whose email address you searched for (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). You can see the following screen (this is a pretty typical example):

 

This site will show you an entire calendar of all of the public Facebook events that this person has been invited to, has attended, or created. From here you can see if they have attended any public events that they probably would not want to be associated with because it could be embarrassing for them (i.e., the event was on a night when they were supposed to be staying home and studying for an exam at school the next day) (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

If this person has a Facebook account, you can also get a list of all their friends and the kind of information that is available about them from their web page (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

This is just a very simple example of how you can use Gmail to perform standard internet research on someone else in order to uncover private information about them that you might not have already known, or that they probably do not want to be revealed (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

Another great thing to look at while using Gmail is a person’s email history. You can see if they have ever been in contact with someone that they would not want anyone else to know about (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). For example, let’s say that you are a school administrator and you suspect that one of your faculty members is having an affair with one of his or her students and you want to find out for sure (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

If you check out the email history of that faculty member, you will see a couple of things:

 

The fact that they had received an email from a clearly suspicious person. This is probably the clearest thing that you could find and would tell you whether or not your suspicions were correct (i.e., this person was having an affair with another student). The fact that they had not responded to this person back. This shows that the faculty member did not want to be found out about it (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html).

 

While you may not always want to do this kind of internet research on people, it is a great tool to have at your disposal. You may also find evidence that someone has had an affair, or that they have a stalker and so on (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). With some smart internet research, you can get much information on a person and their life.

 

Going back to our example of the faculty member, if you had been given this kind of information on him or her, you would be able to confront them and they would probably have no choice but to confess. This is just a simple example of how Gmail can be used for internet research and how it can really help you out in the long run.

 

With the knowledge about how to use Gmail effectively for internet research, you will be able to find out all kinds of interesting things about people that you never knew before (http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html). Just this knowledge alone should open up a host of new opportunities for you that you may not have been able to pursue before.

 

More information about Gmail and its features can be found on the following website: http://www.articlesbase.com/online-articles/gmail-and-user-experience-a-review_123890.html.

 

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