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25 May 2016

Howdy Bob!

I am writing in regard to your https link to the google blog.

It's hilarious!

I read the article and then went on to the comment section. Of 36 comments, only one had anything to do with the blog entry. Most of them had to something to do with herpes and how they got rid of it.

Either the article is (maybe?) bogus or google's blog itself has an awfully cruddy spam filter!


Thank you and keep up the good work! I appreciate it!

Posted by:

25 May 2016

Dear Bob,
I totally agree with you about Gmail, and thanks a million for the tip on how to access spell-check. I had no idea it was there!!!

Posted by:

25 May 2016

Not to be off topic, but i noticed a few Yahoo email users commenting. I just read an article that claims Capitol Hill has banned Yahoo email because it is so insecure. I will stick with Gmail thanks. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Posted by:

Dave White
26 May 2016

Bob, this is a great subject for one of your e-books. You have published a lot of great information that should be consolidated into a single document. Thanks!

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Sue Braiden
26 May 2016

You, sir, are a genius. I have long valued your contributions to sanity through this wonderful blog, and while it's generally from a silent but appreciative armchair on the sidelines, today I'm chiming in with a huge thanks.

While I have used Thunderbird to consolidate my garden of emails for years (sometimes with great pain), I had no idea it was even an option with Gmail, which I prefer for all of the reasons you share here.

I also had no idea you could do a handful of the other things you've pointed out, and remain grateful for the productivity boost this is going to offer.

Thanks, Bob, so very much for the way you continue to make life so much easier in the generosity of your sharing!

Keeping a warm thought,

Posted by:

27 May 2016

I have a Gmail account at my part-time job, and although I have used email for many years (including Outlook, Eudora, AOL, and Hotmail), I find Gmail not at all intuitive to use, and somewhat annoying. For example when composing a message. "Large" text looks good, but the text looks too large in the actual message. "Normal" looks good in the final message, but the type is small on my screen. Coho's frustration with message sequences annoys me as well.

I don't have either a smart phone or a tablet, and I still don't trust "the Cloud". I am at my home computer a good part of the day, so I don't mind having an email account tied to my desktop computer. I can always check my ISP's server when I am traveling.

With desktop-based email, I feel I don't have to worry as much about someone hacking my account, nor am I worried about losing my messages because I back my computer up regularly.

Posted by:

30 May 2016

GMail does not limit you to just one account. I have one for ads, another for tech, another for creative interests, etc, etc...

As Gmail has evolved, so have I, and being able to use all of it across many different devices supported by Google, is an astounding creative tool for accessing the depth and breadth of our global civilization.

If you had consciousness in 1980, you know what I mean...

Posted by:

Larry Worsham
04 Jun 2016

Having Google store your mail is no different that using the myriad of cloud services. I'd rather not have my mail or other information floating in the cloud. I also don't like the new subscription, cloud operated programs and won't use them. I'm especially irritated with Adobe as I've been using their programs since '97 and now, to use something I've already spent thousands of dollars on, they insist that if I wish to continue using it I've got to subscribe to a cloud program.

Posted by:

06 Jun 2016

Great tips

Posted by:

Gillian Bailey
10 Jun 2016

The gmail function is very slow
Also the fonts are very small and have to be constantly changed

Posted by:

Terri T.
10 Jun 2016

I am a huge Gmail fan, even after having used Hotmail and Yahoo, along with a few other free web mail services over the years.

The single one feature of Gmail that puts it over the top, is that I have had no - that is ZERO - occasions when anyone reported having received spam from my Gmail addy.

On the other hand, there is an old Yahoo account out there that I took measures to close, yet that did not happen as the thing still occasionally sends me and several of my old contacts spam messages.

I would not hit a snake with Yahoo, or any Microsoft email service either.

As far as the "intuitive" issue of Gmail, I agree that it does require some work to learn to employ the many super features. That said, the end result is well worth it. I know for a fact that it's possible, as I've had family members in their seventies and eighties learn to use it and love it!

Posted by:

14 Jun 2016

Gmail allows me to type Vietnamese text ưhile my computer does not have VN keyboard

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14 Jun 2016

Gmail allows me to type Vietnamese text ưhile my computer does not have VN keyboard

Posted by:

16 Jun 2016

You really need the Google Chrome browser to use Gmail. I still have Win 7, and IE 11 does not handle Gmail well. I even open my Yahoo email program (which I use mostly for business) in Chrome. Love Gmail, especially if I must use someone else's computer. It handles Facebook well, too.

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07 Dec 2016

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Keith F
01 Jan 2017

One point - you say "use a GMail filter to sweep all incoming newsletters to a special label (folder)."

Several years ago I was mentoring 'silver surfers' alongside another mentor. He didn't use gmail but was working with someone who did. He (rightly) pointed out that the less cluttered the inbox was the better. He created labels and labelled quite a few emails in the inbox. He then proceeded to DELETE the emails in the inbox. I overheard this and stopped him as quickly as I could.

Although he didn't believe me when I said "Labels are *not* folders" he went to the labels and was unhappy (to say the least) when the emails he'd "copied" (as he thought) to the labels and then deleted from the inbox weren't there.

Luckily I was also aware of the label BIN where there was a pointer to the deleted emails (and these pointers would have stayed for 30 days). Try putting ALL: in the search box an see what you get...


Posted by:

01 Jan 2017

Great article Bob. While I knew some of these tips and tricks, you always manage to unearth a number of things I hadn't come across anywhere else. Been using gMail since it first became available, as I too thought it's spam filter was a HUGE improvement over several other e-mail offerings, including HotMail and Comcast.

But, I rarely have more than 2 GB sitting on their servers, because even though it has one of the best webmail interfaces, I've always prefered using an e-mail client to bring the messages from my various accounts to my computer, not only so I could "own" them and do backups on them regularly, but I also like the flexibility to customize nearly every aspect of the user interface. (I originally liked the look and feel of Outlook Express, but it was usurped by Windows Mail and then Windows Live Mail, which was supposedly more secure.)

By using POP3 settings and removing downloaded messages from the server, recent ones can still be accessed from my iPad Mini through Apple Mail, by using IMAP settings and going to the Trash folder. Messages sent from the iPad Mini are BCCd to myself, so when opening Windows Live Mail on my computer, I can have a permanent record of those too, by moving them into the local Sent folder.

Yes, there are several other ways to accomplish the same thing, but this remains my time-tested favorite. I file important messages into folders and delete unnecessary stuff daily. Numerous times throughout the years, I've needed to verify information contained in messages. This allows me to access anything in moments, sent or received, over the last 16 years.

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