Take a Visual Tour of Gmail with Screenshots of Google's Email Service

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Full Frontal Gmail

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Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Gmail has a message to display and features in every corner you look. Google

Screenshot Feature Tour

Take a visual tour of Gmail's many features with this step-by-step guide, which walks you through Gmail's interface and explains how to use each of its most prominent features.

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Send From Any of Your Addresses

You can send messages from any of your addresses via Gmail.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour You can send messages from any of your addresses via Gmail. Heinz Tschabitscher

After a short and painless verification process in which you prove an email address is yours, you can use it freely to compose messages in the Gmail web interface. Mail thus sent will appear to come from the chosen address.

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POP Access and Automatic Forwarding

You can access a Gmail account via POP in any email client or forward its messages elsewhere.
You can access a Gmail account via POP in any email client or forward its messages elsewhere. Heinz Tschabitscher

Do you prefer your good old desktop email program to Gmail's web interface? You can have both. To get messages received at your Gmail account without going to the Gmail web site, either have Gmail forward incoming mail automatically to another email address, or download it directly to your email program.

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Gmail Checks Your Spelling

Gmail checks your spelling in many languages.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Gmail checks your spelling in many languages. Heinz Tschabitscher

The Gmail spell checker is nicely integrated, and it recognizes many languages. You cannot teach it new words, however.

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Rich Text Editing

Customize your content with individual fonts, colors and more rich text formatting in Gmail.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Customize your content with individual fonts, colors and more rich text formatting in Gmail. Heinz Tschabitscher

In supported browsers (most current graphical browsers), you can add rich formatting, such as custom fonts and colors, bold or italic face, indentation and more, to your emails.

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Every Email is Part of a Conversation

Automatically identifying related emails, Gmail always displays messages in their context.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Automatically identifying related emails, Gmail always displays messages in the context of their thread. Heinz Tschabitscher

When you open an email in Gmail, you always open a conversation. Gmail shows every message in its context, preceded by previous and followed by subsequent emails.

Even when people do not quote properly, you immediately know what they are writing about.

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Gmail Chat with Google Talk

You can chat with people connected to the Google Talk network right in Gmail
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour You can chat with people connected to the Google Talk network right in Gmail. Heinz Tschabitscher

Chat ou email, que'est-ce que la diffarence?

A curiously interesting French philosopher, who you imagine must be spending weeks in dark libraries, yet is not out of place taking action in the streets of Paris, could not have said it better than Gmail does: email messages and instant messages are both, well, messages and can be treated alike.

In Gmail, you can chat with anybody connected to the Google Talk network through either Gmail, Google Talk proper or another Jabber Instant Messaging client. Conversations are automatically archived and indexed, and they appear next to email exchanges (unless, of course, you go "off the record.").

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One-click access to the most important people: Gmail Quick Contacts

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Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Gmail's "Quick Contacts" let you mail or chat with important people fast. Heinz Tschabitscher

People with whom you correspond regularly automatically show up in the Quick Contacts panel. From there, you can start a new email message or chat with a single click.

Of course, you can also also specify which contacts appear in your Gmail Quick Contacts manually. A little gray, green, orange or red ball indicates whether a contact is offline, online, away or busy.

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RSS Feed Headlines in Gmail

Web clips show headlines from RSS feeds in Gmail mailboxes.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Web clips show headlines from RSS feeds in Gmail mailboxes. Heinz Tschabitscher

Even without receiving new messages, there's still plenty to read. Gmail's web clips show headlines from your favorite RSS feeds above messages and mailboxes.

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Organize Mail with Labels

Free-form labels let tag and you organize conversations in flexibly useful ways.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Free-form labels let tag and you organize conversations in flexibly useful ways. Heinz Tschabitscher

Using Gmail's labels, you can categorize any email in any way. You can even apply multiple labels to a single email, which makes the message show up under each label. Instead of moving a message to a folder, you can label it appropriately.

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View Attachments in Browser

Gmail can display many attachment types (Office and PDF files among them) without a special viewer.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Gmail can display many attachment types (Office and PDF files among them) without a special viewer. Heinz Tschabitscher

If you do not want to wait for a lengthy file to download, or you lack the viewer required to open an attachment, Gmail can (for certain types) convert it to HTML, so you can open it right in the browser.

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Many Ways to Handle a Message

You have many options when dealing with mail in Gmail, but replying is top
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour You have many options when dealing with mail in Gmail, but replying is top. Heinz Tschabitscher

From answering everybody to reporting phishing attempts, incoming Gmail emails can be dealt with in many a way.

Replying is the top option, with additional choices (with the exception of the even more top archiving) accessible via a handy drop-down-menu.

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Updated Thread Alert

When you are reading or replying to a conversation, Gmail alerts you to any incoming messages
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour When you are reading or replying to a conversation, Gmail alerts you to any incoming messages in the thread -- a reply saying what you were about to write, for example. Heinz Tschabitscher

When replying to a message that went to a group of people, it is always good to check recent developments in the thread. Somebody else could have weighed in with the same answer, or the original sender may have come up with a different problem.

In Gmail, staying up to date is particularly easy. If new mail in a conversation arrives while you are reading or composing a reply, Gmail shows you an alert and lets you update the thread instantly. Any writing you have already done remains untouched, of course.

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Vacationing, Let Gmail Reply

While you're away, Gmail's vacation auto-responder can answer mail on your behalf.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour While you're away, Gmail's vacation auto-responder can answer mail on your behalf. Heinz Tschabitscher

While you take a vacation from email, Gmail can reply on your behalf—and intelligently, too. Gmail does not send vacation auto-responses to mailing lists or spam, and repeated emails trigger a reply, at most, every few days.

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Gmail in Lynx

Gmail is also accessible via old and text-based browsers such as Lynx.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour While boasting a rich web interface, Gmail is also accessible via old and text-based browsers such as Lynx. Heinz Tschabitscher

Proud of its speedy and rich AJAX ( Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) interface, Gmail is also friendly and accessible to older or text-based browsers. Unfortunately, all settings and a few advanced features are not available in basic HTML mode, though.

Here, you can see Gmail clad in charming Lynx. To edit a message in an external editor such as vim, press Cmd-X E.

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Gmail Maps Addresses

If an address appears in an email message, Gmail links to an appropriate map automatically
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour If an address appears in an email message, Gmail links to an appropriate map automatically. Heinz Tschabitscher

Picture an email specifying where you'll meet with your friends for the next mountain-bike trip. The address doesn't tell you much, so the next step is copying and pasting and finding an appropriate map in a bit cumbersome a manner.

Not so with Gmail. When an address is present in an email, Gmail links to a map at Google Maps automatically.

Similarly, package numbers from major parcel distributors are automatically linked to the matching online tracking too.

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Add Events from Emails

If Gmail finds an event in an email message, you can add it to Google Calendar with one click
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour If Gmail finds an event described in an email message, you can add it to Google Calendar with one click. Heinz Tschabitscher

Appointments, plans, events, invitations and meetings—they all appear in emails regularly.

Gmail understands this, and extracts the details from emails automatically, allowing you to add events talked about in messages to your Google Calendar with but a click.

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Add Invitations to Emails Easily in Gmail

By adding an invitation to an email, you'll create the corresponding event and invite all recipients
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour By adding an invitation to an email, you'll create the corresponding event and invite all recipients automatically. Heinz Tschabitscher

If you add an invitation or reply to a message you compose in Gmail, a corresponding event will automatically be created in your Google Calendar, and all recipients of the message are invited.

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RSVP Right in Gmail

When somebody invites you to an event by email, you can accept or decline right from Gmail
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour When somebody invites you to an event by email, you can accept or decline right from Gmail. Heinz Tschabitscher

If you receive an invitation via email, Gmail lets you accept or decline right from the message. (Of course, you can also decide to reply later.)

To help you schedule, Gmail displays the appointments already in your calendar around the time of the new event.

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Gmail Sponsored Links and Related Pages

Next to mail, Gmail shows contextual ads machine-matched to keywords found in messages.
Gmail (Google Mail) Screenshot Feature Tour Next to mail, Gmail shows contextual ads machine-matched to keywords found in messages. Heinz Tschabitscher

Next to the content of email messages, Gmail displays advertising and search results (from both news and web pages) relevant to the topics touched upon. Although some of the connections can be mysterious, the links are often surprisingly helpful.

To avoid these links altogether, you can have your Gmail forwarded to another address or download it to any email program via POP.