4 Ways to Change Your Life with Gmail Hacks
August 31, 2015
These four amazing hacks will make your experience with Gmail a lot more enjoyable.
When it comes to Gmail, my feelings are mixed. Sure, the technology seems awesome at times, for example, when I’m enjoying the capability to share multiple links while messaging friends and co-workers on Google Chat. But there are also times when it gets on my nerves, like when my inbox rapidly fills up with more messages than I can handle.
I have figured out ways to improve my relationship with Gmail, and that allows me to work more effectively. Here are my four amazing Gmail hacks:
Browse Through Your Inbox Faster Than Ever
You might think Gmail keyboard shortcuts are hard to learn at first, but once you master them it will be worth the time. These shortcuts really change the way browsing through your inbox goes. Enabling these shortcuts for Gmail is simple. Just click on the gear in the top-right corner of your inbox, click on “settings,” then scan for “keyboard shortcuts.” Make sure they are enabled, then save your settings.
You’ll now be able to navigate through your inbox using only your keyboard. Need to compose a new email? Just hit “c.” Need to mark an important email, just press “+.”
Now go impress all your colleagues!
Working late, then fake your Timestamps
I’m someone who routinely works late into the night, and I understand how embarrassing it can be when your co-workers or clients finds out you were sending out emails at 3:00 am!
That is where the Chrome App Boomerang comes in. This is a Gmail app that allows users to schedule emails. No need for the entire staff to know you were up all night, just schedule your emails to be sent during office hours. Make sure you BCC yourself so you know for sure your messages where sent as scheduled. With this application, you can also “boomerang” messages so that instead of cluttering your inbox, they leave and return when appropriate.
Instantly Pull Up Information on Recipients
We have all been there before, double-checking the name and other key information about an important person we are about to cold-email. A single mistake is all it takes for the recipient to regard your message as spam. That is where Rapportive comes in. A Chrome Gmail extension, Rapportive allows you to pull up LinkedIn profiles right inside of Gmail. This obviously makes cross-checking information a lot easier, thus reducing the amount of time you spend researching people you plan to contact.
If you regularly send emails you have probably found yourself wishing you stopped a few messages moments after hitting the “Send” button. With Google’s undo feature, you can now un-send messages up to 30 seconds after hitting send. Enabling this feature is easy. Just click the gear at the top right corner of the main page, click on “Settings,” then make sure the undo feature is selected. Afterwards, save your settings.
That is it. Now, whenever you send a message, a bar will pop up at the top of the screen, asking you if you want to undo the message. This cool feature just might come in handy the next time you feel like giving your boss a piece of your mind!
Those are my top 4 Gmail hacks – my favorite has to be the Timestamp feature as working late does suggest irresponsible work behaviour. What are you thoughts? Is working late irresponsible? If you have any other tips, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below.
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