Master Gmail With These Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

Gmail is Google's popular and free email service, and you can create a Gmail account easily. There's a lot it can do to help you organize your email messages, but some of its coolest features aren't immediately apparent. These tips and techniques will help you get the most out of your Gmail account.

Can't get into your Gmail account because none of the passwords you think you remember work? Here's how to authenticate and set a new Gmail password to get back into your account.

Gmail is broken? Here's where to report your issue and get help directly from Google via email or through a public forum.
You can open Gmail in your iPhone's Safari, but what's that compared to the concentrated comfort of a dedicated email application? Here's how to set up a Gmail or Google Apps email account in iPhone Mail.
Want to get rid of a Gmail account? Instead of letting it expire, find out how to delete your Gmail account right now.

Want to include a logo or other image with the branding and personalization of your every email? Here's how to add a graphic to your Gmail signature.

Type your standard replies to standard questions again — once. Then save them as templates in Gmail to be used over and over again in new messages or replies.

Gmail has a maximum size limitation for messages and attachments you send and receive. Attachments and messages you send cannot add up to more than 25MB in size; however, you can receive messages up to 50MB in size.

If you want to send larger files through Gmail, you can use Google Drive (Google's cloud storage service) to help—see the next tip for how to do this.

Make it difficult for hackers to break into your Gmail account for any extended period of time by changing your password periodically.

If you get an email that says "dinner tonight at 7.30pm - fettuccine w/ truffles" (this, or something better), creating an event plus reminder in Google Calendar right from Gmail is a snap. All the details are pre-entered!

Upload large files to Google Drive right from Gmail's email composition screen (where you would also attach documents) and have it insert a link into the message that lets recipients download them easily.

If you're in a different time zone, you can update your Gmail account's time zone setting to help ensure you don't get confused or fall out of sync when messages are sent and received.

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How to get certain email statistics in Gmail

Gmail can give you statistics on your email usage, such as how many many emails you sent last month, how many you received, and tell you which day was the busiest for email. Gmail can give you statistical insights into your inbox through monthly reports.

Are you getting nothing but jokes you did not ask for and amazing stories you don't read from a particular sender? Here's how to block them in Gmail and have all their mail sent to the Trash folder or to another location out of the way for later review.

Want to get rid of a contact erroneously entered? Need to clean your address book of client details now kept elsewhere? Here's how to remove an email address from your Gmail contacts.

If you want to send an email to a number of people, but do so without sharing the email addresses of all those who receive it, using the Bcc: field in Gmail are all you need.

You have a new Gmail account. You also have an old Gmail account. Here's how to move all mail (including sent messages) from the latter to the former effortlessly.

You can set up Gmail to be your one-stop email service by setting Gmail to download email messages from up to five other existing email accounts.

Have Gmail forward incoming messages to any email address automatically to read them at your old email account in your old email program, for example. You can even make Gmail keep an archived copy of forwarded mail for search.

Use your Yahoo! Mail in Gmail. With a Yahoo! Mail Plus account, here's how to set up Gmail to download new messages and send new mail (and replies) using the Yahoo! Mail address.

When knowing that a message is somewhere in the vast archives of your Gmail account is not enough, the search begins. Now you can stumble from term to guessed term, or you employ Gmail's amazing advanced search operators smartly to guide your search.

Inboxes can become cluttered and overwhelming places. This is where Gmail shines by helping you organize and filter messages. One way is to display only your unread messages, and a short search trick is all it takes.

Gmail makes setting up events and meetings easy. You can send an email and create an event in your Google Calendar while inviting all recipients of the message all at the same time.

Want your swipe to delete, not archive and keep mail in iPhone Mail? Here's how to make iPhone Mail delete messages when you swipe them, even for Gmail accounts.

If you have a list of people, such as from an email's Cc: line, and you want to add them to a group for swift addressing in Gmail, here's how to add them all to the group in one fast go.

Address a message to a list of recipients in Gmail. Using groups, Gmail will suggest group names as you type, allowing you to send emails quickly to multiple recipients.

Have Gmail append a few lines of text, such as contact information or an advertisement for your business, to emails you compose automatically.

Windows Live Mail (now Outlook.com) is great for reading and sending mail through your Gmail account. Setup is easy, too.

Gmail and Mac OS X Mail work together well. Here's how to set up Mac OS X Mail to send and receive mail through your Gmail account.

In Gmail, set up a rule that will not only move from your inbox emails from a sender but reply with a message, too, letting them know about the block.

Got an email and want to add its sender to your address book? Here's how to turn senders into Gmail contacts quickly.

Save all of your Gmail contacts to your hard disk in condensed form. You can then import them into another Gmail account or another email program.

Save an individual email to your desktop, move it to an another email program, or forward it as an attachment; here's how to export messages as .eml files in Gmail.

If you prefer to be able to read your emails while still keeping your overview on screen, you can add a preview pane to Gmail and read messages in it, choosing a widescreen layout or a traditional one as you prefer.

Want to hear when new mail arrives in your Gmail account? Want to hear something special? Here's how to specify the sound to play when new Gmail messages come in.

Contacts in Mac OS X Mail and Gmail can be set up to synchronize and keep your contacts consistent across both.

You can set up Outlook Express to access Gmail's messages, sending and receiving through your Gmail account.

Make your fine print small and your birthday greetings colorful: here's how to change the font face, its size and color as well as choose a background color for highlighting in Gmail.

Could your Gmail account still be accessed by sites and services you once tried but don't use any more? Here's how to find out who has access to your Gmail email and address book, and how to revoke access.

Switch from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail and keep all your mail, folders, and contacts by importing your messages as well as your address book, and turn folders into labels, too.

Forward your Gmail email using filters. Send incoming messages automatically to other email addresses, or only select messages.

Two-step authentication is a more secure way to protect your Gmail account from hackers. Here's how to set up Gmail so it requires a code for login that comes through your phone and is valid only for a short time.

Gmail IMAP provides seamless access to all your Gmail messages in any email program or mobile device, and makes your labels appear as folders, too.

Do you aggregate all your email accounts in Gmail and want to reply smartly from the correct address and keep your sent mail organized at Gmail, all in iPhone Mail? Here's how.

While you're away from computers and internet connections, set Gmail reply to the messages you receive, letting senders know you're unavailable and when you'll be able to respond to them.

You can enable two-step authentication to keep your Gmail account secure while still allowing an email program to access it via IMAP or POP. Here isahow to create application-specific Gmail passwords—hard to guess and easily revoked at any time.

Use your desktop email client with your Gmail account by downloading messages via regular POP access. You can still have all your Gmail archived and searchable on the web or delete retrieved mail automatically.

Want to add, edit, or delete an address book entry in Gmail? Here's how to go to Gmail Contacts—and if it's just for looking.

If an entire conversation is worth forwarding, you don't have to do it one email at a time in Gmail; you can send them together.