Gmail Tricks and Tips 2

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Gmail Tricks and Tips

6. Once you’ve configured Gmail to receive messages from another account – what do you do with your old inbox? Google Email Uploader has a solution for that. It enables you to transfer old emails stored in Outlook, Outlook Express or Mozilla Thunderbird to a Gmail account – even creating labels from folder names.

7. POP integration brings with it another perk; the ability to back up your old messages. Go to the Settings section, then choose Forwarding POP and IMAP. In the POP Download section select either Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for all mail that arrives from now on. Select whether to keep or delete mail from the server when it’s been downloaded then click the Configuration Instructions link to find out how to set up your particular mail client – whether it’s Outlook Express, Windows Mail or Thunderbird.

8. There’s a bonus to the account access tips we’ve already outlined. You can set up as many Gmail accounts as you like – creating different email addresses for different tasks – but receive all the mail at the same account. As we’ve described, any POP compatible email account can be added to a Gmail account – including other Gmail accounts. For example – you could set up different Gmail accounts for friends, family and work – but have all the messages sent to one inbox.

9. Of course, when you’ve got lots of email all coming into one place it’s important to be able to organise it. Gmail doesn’t use folders though – it uses Labels. You can apply these manually to a message by selecting a post in the main window, clicking the More Actions drop down menu and choosing New Label. A JavaScript prompt allows you to type in a label name which is immediately applied.

10. Apply colour coding to labels by clicking on the square next to a label name in the Labels sidebar box. Choose a colour from the pop-up swatch.

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