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Gmail Podcast

Be more effective with your Gmail account using this series of short hints, tips, and tricks.A collection of short tips, tricks, and hints to help you be more effective with your Gmail account.

Last Build Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 23:30:29 +0000

Copyright: 2006-2008

Special: Dragon*Con session – Webmail Security

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 23:30:29 +0000

This special episode of the Gmail Podcast is a recording of a webmail security presentation I did at DragonCon in Atlanta Georgia on September 3, 2011. I co-presented for the EFF track with my Technorama co-host Kreg Steppe. It’s a little longer than my usual Gmail Podcast. And at times it starts to become a […]

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Mobile Labels

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:51:50 +0000

Just a short one today… Some of you may already know this. If you use Gmail from the web browser on your iPad, iPhone, Android, or other mobile device, you might find it a bit annoying to label your messages. When reading a message, use the drop down chevrons on the upper right, select Label, […]

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DragonCon Announcement

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:27:35 +0000

I’m headed to DragonCon again this year and this time they’ve asked me to do a Gmail panel around security. If you’re headed that way, I’d love to meet you. Hope to see you there. More Gmail Podcast coming soon…

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My Top Five Labs Features

Sat, 14 May 2011 16:15:06 +0000

In this post I cover several of my favorite and most useful add-on features to standard Gmail that keep me productive and organized. For those of you who are new to Gmail or perhaps haven’t explored the labs features, here’s a little background. Gmail has a collection of features they like to test out. They […]

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Auto Advance

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 21:46:37 +0000

In this episode, I cover A way to advance to the next conversation without going back to the index, A recommendation from a fellow podcaster whose Gmail account was hacked A quick note about an update to the iPhone interface. First up, long time listeners will know that I’m a fan of the Gmail keyboard […]

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Gmail News: October 2010

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:43:13 +0000

I’ve come across several new stories and features regarding Gmail that just didn’t seem to fit in any other podcast so I’ll cover them here. Today I’ll be covering: Buzz on the sidebar A security checklist Watch out for a phishing scam Calendar notifications in Gmail To start, Gmail has a new feature being rolled […]

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Disable Conversations

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:58:39 +0000

Staying away from Gmail because you don’t like threaded messages (aka conversations?) Sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. I tell lots of people about Gmail and by far, the biggest reason I’ve heard that some people don’t like is that all the messages are threaded. All messages, replies, and replies to […]

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Two Factor Follow Up

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:11:45 +0000

George Starcher joins me to share his real life experience with Google’s new security feature. Brought to you by GotoAssist. Try it free for 30 days. In the previous episode of the Gmail Podcast, I mentioned that Google has a two factor authentication available to keep your login information more secure than just using a […]

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News: September 2010

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:12:55 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. This week there were several news announcements in the Gmail space that I want to share with you. First, Google is rolling out two factor authentication to make using Gmail and other Google apps more secure. Two factor authentication uses your password, […]

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Priority Inbox

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 01:40:33 +0000

Sponsored by GotoAssist Express – Try it free for 30 days Gmail is attempting to make your email easier to sort through by releasing a feature called Priority Inbox. I have to admit, at first I was skeptical of how this feature would work since I’m one of those people who generally keep their inbox […]

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Make Calls, Calendar Update, Double Sent Mail

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 01:29:15 +0000

Try GotoAssist free for 30 days Make Voice Calls Good news for Gmail users. Gmail has enabled voice calling from within Gmail. Now you can use your computer’s microphone and speakers (or a USB headset if you like) to make outgoing calls for free in U.S. or Canada and very inexpensive calls many other countries. […]

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News – August 20, 2010

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 15:46:42 +0000

Solve technical issues faster with GotoAssist Express – Try it free for 30 days This past week were three main stories for Gmail and related apps. First, a new labs feature allows you to search in to your Google docs. Next, Gmail on the iPad got a nice touch to clear up some confusion, and […]

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User Interface Update – Aug 2010

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:30:14 +0000

Sponsored by Try it free for 30 days If you’re a regular Gmail Podcast listener, you’ll notice that I recently updated the Contacts and Groups podcast to be more accurate with the current user interface. That was done just in time for Google to update the interface one more time. While most of the […]

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Sat, 07 Aug 2010 11:59:46 +0000

Solve technical issues faster with GotoAssist Express – Try it free for 30 days I was going over the Gmail Podcast archives and discovered I covered groups several years ago. After listening to the podcast, I found that many features of managing contacts and groups had been improved so I thought it was time for […]

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Google Apps In The Enterprise

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 14:13:22 +0000

Colleague and fellow Friends in Tech member, George Starcher joins me for a look at his experience deploying Google Apps in the enterprise. This podcast runs a little longer than our normal format because it digs in to many aspects you should be aware of if you are thinking of replacing your legacy apps with […]

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Default Email Program

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 19:28:44 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express free for 30 days. One of the things that has annoyed me about web-based mail services like Gmail is when I click on an email link on a web page or document, the computer starts up Outlook, Mac Mail, or some other locally installed mail app instead of my favorite – Gmail. […]

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Rich Format Signatures

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:20:56 +0000

Try GotoAssist Free for 30 days. At long last, Gmail has provided a simple way to include different fonts, images, links and more to your signature. Previously this was done using Google Docs and some other tricks. Now you can simply go to Settings, scroll down to the Signature section, and format your signature just […]

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Managing Contacts

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 02:05:20 +0000

This show is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. Whether you are just getting started using Gmail or have been using it for years, this cast will help you manage your contacts. If you are new to Gmail, you are likely typing in the email address of the person when you […]

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Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:24:31 +0000

This podcast is sponsored by GotoAssist Express, Try it free for 30 days. A few weeks ago I got an iPad. Like many people, at first I thought it was just an oversized iPod Touch, until a friend of mine let me use his. One of the first things I wanted to see was Gmail. […]

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Canned Responses and Maps Previews

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 21:13:52 +0000

This podcast is sponsored by Citrix. Try it free for 30 days Canned responses are a handy way to save time if you have the same message content in a new message, or a reply to someone else. One use might be if you have a routine report to send out each week. You can […]

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Contextual Apps and Calendar Update

Sun, 23 May 2010 21:26:42 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express free for 30 days This past week Microsoft announced several additions to Hotmail in order to better compete with Gmail. Â No, I am not changing this from the Gmail Podcast to the Hotmail Podcast. We Gmail users snickered because many of these features like conversation view, and one-click filtering have been […]

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Drag and Drop Images

Fri, 14 May 2010 15:31:00 +0000

Sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. This is probably one of the shortest Gmail Podcasts to let you know that the drag and drop feature that was announced for file attachments in April 2010 is now also available for images in the body of your message. To use it, start composing […]

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Protect Yourself

Sun, 02 May 2010 21:20:07 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. It’s time to take a look at maintaining your Gmail security. It’s no secret that the Internet can be a dangerous place. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an IT security geek to protect your Gmail account. With a few simple, common […]

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Address Suffixes

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:56:48 +0000

Sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. Here’s a tip how to track if your email address is being circulated and stay organized using Gmail. This past week I was out having dinner on a business trip. The hostess approached the table and asked if we would like to be emailed promotional […]

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Insert Invitation and Drag & Drop Attachments

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:24:57 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express – try it free for 30 days. Adding extra content to a Gmail message just took another giant leap forward this past week with the introduction of two features. The first is Insert Invitation. This feature allows you to stay within Gmail to create a quick appointment and […]

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Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peak

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:08:45 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Citrix GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. For years, Gmail has been touting that labels are more flexible and powerful than folders for organizing your messages. This is because any given message can only be filed in one folder at a time, but in Gmail, you can apply […]

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Wed, 07 Apr 2010 01:05:03 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express free for 30 days. When you think of drafts in Gmail, you probably think of the auto-save feature that comes along periodically, or the fact that you can save your draft and come back to it later to complete and send. Those are terrific features and I’d like to add a couple […]

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Report Spam

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:55:06 +0000

One of the best features about Gmail is its powerful spam detection. Spam is that annoying email that you get from people or organizations you don’t know for products or services that you did not ask for. Some spam is easy to spot such as prescription medicines, or low loan rates. Others are more subtle […]

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Move To

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 20:37:12 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express Free for 30 days Gmail is full of so many features that sometimes I forget some of the best ones out there. One of those is the Move to button located on the button bar just above the conversation index and any conversation you open. The button works similar in both contexts. […]

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Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:20:46 +0000

This show is sponsored by Citrix GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. This episode is another in our getting started series with Gmail. This time I’ll cover a way to change the appearance of your Gmail interface without changing the functionality. Gmail calls these themes; other systems might call this “skinning” because you’re […]

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Creating and Sending Messages

Sat, 20 Feb 2010 20:42:12 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Citrix GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days This episode is another in our getting started series with Gmail. Creating and sending email may seem like an self-evident task with any email client. I want to ensure we cover everything to make you effective using Gmail. I’ll cover the […]

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Google Buzz

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 19:43:30 +0000

Sponsored by GotoAssist Express – Try it FREE for 30 days. This past week Google introduced a new feature called Buzz. Buzz is Google’s cannonball in to the social media space. It features some of the benefits of Twitter like quick messaging, some Facebook like media sharing, and some from other social networks. Buzz is […]

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Screen Layout

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:11:35 +0000

Try GotoAssist Free for 30 days. This show is another in our getting started series with Gmail. It’s purpose is to help you understand the various parts of the Gmail screen layout and the functions they perform. The largest and most noticeable object on the screen is the conversation index. It’s simply a list of […]

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General Settings

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:12:25 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Citrix GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. This episode is the second in our Getting Started series on Gmail. I’ll walk you through the basics to setup your account.If you’re brand new to Gmail, you may want to go back and listen to the previous show on setting […]

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Creating an Account

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 01:41:34 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. This is the first epside in a series to help you get started with Gmail. In this episode I walk you through the steps necessary to create a Gmail account. This specific show is intended for people who are absolutely new to […]

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Texting – Part 3

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 13:52:12 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist. Try it free for 30 days Welcome to part 3 of our 3 part series on texting from Gmail and Google applications. If you haven’t listened to parts 1 or 2, you can download them from iTunes or listen directly from the Gmail Podcast blog at That information […]

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Texting – Part 2

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 13:41:57 +0000

This show is sponsored by Citrix GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days Welcome to part 2 of our 3 part series on texting from Gmail and Google applications. If you haven’t listened to part 1, you can download it from iTunes or listen directly from the Gmail Podcast blog at In part […]

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Texting – Part 1

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 14:06:58 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. Google offers a number of ways to send and receive text messages for free without using a mobile phone. This is part 1 of a 3 part series on using text messages, or SMS, with Gmail and other Google applications. Let’s begin […]

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Mark Unread From Here

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 17:18:06 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist. Try it free for 30 days. If you belong to one or more mail lists that have lots of traffic, I recommend the labs feature “Mark Unread From Here”. This handy labs feature allows you to mark messages from a certain point in the conversation as unread. Here’s how […]

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Merge Duplicate Contacts with One Button

Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:58:49 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days. Gmail has added a feature to the contacts screen to allow you quickly find all duplicate contacts in your contacts database. Until I hit this button, I thought I was pretty good about managing my contact, but I found that out of […]

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Default Text Styling and Free Holiday Card

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 23:38:11 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days at Want to put a little flair in your email? Want to get away from the standard font that everyone else is using in their Gmail messages? Try the labs feature called Default Text Styling. Like other labs features, you can […]

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Offline Attachments and Green Robots

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 17:27:25 +0000

Sponsored by GotoAssist. Try it free for 30 days Beginning November 22, 2009, Gmail has added the ability to add attachments to email while in offline mode. This was not previously possible and frustrated many people who use offline Gmail. Now email attachments will behave just as you would expect whether you are online or […]

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More Storage

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 02:10:26 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist Express. Try it free for 30 days! This week, Google announced they have slashed the pricing on additional storage. If you’ve been using Gmail for a long time, you probably remember when it was introduced with 1GB of storage. Compared to the 10MB my ISP was giving me at […]

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Selected Offline Messages and Password Tips

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 23:59:25 +0000

Try gotoassist express free for 30 days by going to Back in January 2009, Gmail came out with a labs feature to let you access your Gmail without an Internet connection. The mail was synchronized when you were connected and then you could access it when you were offline. For frequent travelers, this is […]

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Gmail Notifiers Compared

Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:24:20 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express Free for 30 days at Using webmail makes sense. It’s easy to access from any computer, and you don’t need to worry about installing and maintaing software, but the drawback is you have to keep a browser window open to know when you have email. The solution to this is to […]

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Docs Preview and Got The Wrong Bob

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:08:08 +0000

Welcome the Gmail Podcast, a collection short hints, tips, and tricks to help you get more from your Gmail account. I’m your host, Chuck Tomasi. Try GotoAssist Express Free for 30 days at Let’s say you’re a typical Gmail user and your colleagues send you links to a Google document, either a spreadsheet, presentation, […]

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Google Sync

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 16:18:36 +0000

Try GotoAssist Express free for 30 days, by going to Google Sync can help keep your iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Symbian smartphone stay synchronized with calendar, contacts, and email on your Google account wirelessly. This is more commonly known as “push technology” because you don’t have to manually request your calendar, contacts, […]

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Gmail Backup

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:24:12 +0000

Welcome the Gmail Podcast, a collection short hints, tips, and tricks to help you get more from your Gmail account. I’m your host, Chuck Tomasi. Try GotoAssist free for 30 days at This past week I came across a really neat application called “Gmail Backup”. The name says it all. All you do is […]

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Integrated Gmail

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 01:06:47 +0000

Try gotoassist free for 30 days by going to OK Google users, listen up. If you’re like me and use Gmail, Google Reader, Calendar, and many more apps, you likely find yourself wishing there was one single place to see and manage all that information rather than jumping between many different interfaces and applications. […]

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Contact Chooser

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:22:01 +0000

Try GotoAssist free for 30 days Have you found yourself trying to send a message to someone and you cannot remember their last name? John? John? What was John’s last name? OK, John’s not your closest friend and you don’t send him email all the time. In fact, you don’t even know if you added […]

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Enhanced Gmail Plugin for Blackberry

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:12:32 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Try it free for 30 days. A few days ago my mobile phone at work was replaced with a Blackberry Curve. I’ve used many smartphones in the past, but this was my first Blackberry. I am still learning my way around the interface, applications, and their options, and I […]

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Auto Unsubscribe

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 23:34:32 +0000

This episode is sponsored by GotoAssist – try it free for 30 days. Have you ever wondered what to do with those messages that you get because you are on someone’s mail list? You don’t read them regularly (or at all), but you just don’t see a quick link, or you are not ambitious enough […]

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Invite Others

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 23:50:41 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Try it free for 30 days. This past week I found myself trying to use a website that manages meeting invitations and keeps track of recipients. Unfortunately, I found out that the email sent from this site is blocked by many firewall and spam filters meaning my invitation did […]

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Password Reset by SMS

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:15:02 +0000

This show is sponsored by – Try it FREE for 30 days! Let’s face it, sooner or later we all forget a password. There are just so many of them to keep track of. Gmail has made this a little easier by allowing you to recover your password via text message. Begin by going […]

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No Longer Beta

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 22:19:58 +0000

This episode is sponsored by Try it free for 30 days. As of July 7, 2009 Gmail is no longer a beta product. After five years, many jokes, and even questions regarding the nature of beta software, Google has dropped the beta tag not only from Gmail, but from the other Google Apps as […]

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Drag and Drop Labels

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 15:19:32 +0000

This show is sponsored by – try it FREE for 30 days! Gmail has made some significant changes to the way you label and store conversations. They have now made labels work more like folders in more conventional mail applications by adding drag-and-drop actions. Once again, Google has impressed me with their web programming […]

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Are You A Gmail Ninja?

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 00:39:12 +0000

This episode is brought to you Try it free for 30 days! After three and a half years of doing the Gmail Podcast, the features of this web application are really starting to add up. Some are fairly simple and some are more complex. This past week, Google posted their collection of features to […]

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iPhone and Android Enhancements

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 23:46:11 +0000

This episode is brought to you by – Get your free 30 day trial today! If you’re an iPhone or Android user, you’ll definitely want to look at the recent changes to the mobile web Gmail interface for those devices. Google has made some major improvements to the UI. First, Gmail mobile now supports […]

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Import Mail and Contacts

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:35:07 +0000

This show is brought to you by – Try it free for 30 days! Gmail is rolling out a feature that will allow you to migrate your email and contacts from other email providers including Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and many others. For years, you’ve heard me – and probably dozens of other people – […]

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Undo Send

Sat, 06 Jun 2009 16:34:06 +0000

This episode is brought to you by – Try it free for 30 days! You’ve just worked a 40 hour day and your brain isn’t functioning at 100%. You’re tired and stressed that the project is behind schedule because of someone not ordering the right part. You write up a quick email and think […]

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Improved Search

Sat, 30 May 2009 21:30:48 +0000

This episode is brought to you by Try it free for 30 days! Let’s face it, few of us take full advantage of the full power of the Gmail search feature. We look for a keyword or email address and perhaps we add “has:attachment” if we know the message included a picture or something. […]

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Sender’s Time Zone

Tue, 26 May 2009 10:57:06 +0000

This episode of the Gmail Podcast is brought to you by Try it free for 30 days. OK, here’s a situation. You sit down to read your email from a friend who lives in England. The email has a few questions that really need to be responded to over a phone call. Unfortunately, you […]

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Suggest More Recipients

Sat, 16 May 2009 20:11:31 +0000

One of the handiest labs features I have found is called “Suggest more recipients”. Like other labs features, you can enable this by going to the Settings link in the upper right, clicking on the labs tab, then locate the feature called “Suggest more recipients”, scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”. This podcast […]

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Insert Images

Sun, 10 May 2009 21:31:51 +0000

It is no longer necessary to use workarounds to put images in your messages or attach them. There is now a labs feature that allows you to insert images as easily as your favorite word processor. This episode of Gmail Podcast is sponsored by – get a free 30 day trial! Begin by going […]

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Sun, 01 Mar 2009 23:30:38 +0000

I have to admit I was excited to hear about the Gmail Labs feature simply called Offline. The offline feature allows you to use Gmail when you are offline or on a flakey internet connection. To get started with Gmail Offline, begin by going to Settings> Labs. You’ll first need to enable the offline feature […]

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Multiple Inboxes

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 17:40:56 +0000

One of the most interesting new features in the Gmail Labs is called Multiple Inboxes. If you need more information on Gmail Labs, check the Gmail Podcast Archives for plenty of details on what it is and how you can enable dozens of useful features. Multiple inboxes gives you a very nice way to see […]

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Sat, 20 Dec 2008 14:59:54 +0000

It seems like Gmail is more and more becoming the online version of Microsoft Outlook. In mid-December they added Tasks to the list of features available in the Gmail labs. Tasks are a way to keep track of what you need to do and what you’ve already done. To begin working with Gmail tasks, click […]

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Sun, 14 Dec 2008 23:41:33 +0000

Yes, you heard right. This episode is about the Google Calendar. I’m not running out of Gmail information, on the contrary, I’m having a hard time keeping up with all the cool new stuff coming out. Recently I found a new feature that ties Gmail with the Google Calendar. To begin, I’d like to give […]

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Video Chat

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 23:42:26 +0000

It was only a matter of time before Google integrated video in to their GoogleTalk protocol and made it available directly from Gmail. Well, now you can talk face to face with your friends with voice and video without leaving Gmail. The first step is to ensure you have a camera and the proper drivers […]

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Labs 2

Sun, 19 Oct 2008 21:41:45 +0000

There have been several additions to the Gmail Labs since I originally told you about it in June of 2008. If you haven’t listened to that podcast, I recommend you go back and listen to it to better understand what Gmail Labs is and how to use these terrific extensions to the software. One of […]

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Not Spam

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:01:50 +0000

One of the main reasons I, and many others, love Gmail is for its excellent spam filtering capabilities. Spam is a term used for those annoying advertisements typically regarding your health or finance. In some cases this content can be as high as 90% of your email traffic. Gmail does a pretty good job at […]

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The Bottom Line

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:38:18 +0000

It helps to step back and take a look at the Gmail interface once in a while – you never know what you’ll see that you hadn’t spotted before. This week I took a close look at the bottom center of the screen. While I was familiar with some of the items, I notice something […]

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Gmail Labs

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 13:47:15 +0000

The people at Google have found a creative way to let you try various experimental features of Gmail and provide feedback. They call it Gmail Labs. You can access these new features by clicking on the Settings link in the upper right, and then clicking on the tab labeled “Labs”. Some of these features are […]

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Contacts Sync with Mac Address Book

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 02:24:56 +0000

Before I dig in to this I would like to thank my long time friend, co-worker, and mentor, Scott Reynolds for passing on this wonderful tip for Gmail. Those of you with iPhones, Macs and Gmail will find this very helpful. This is based on a recent article at showing how you can sync […]

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Speed Dialing

Sat, 12 Apr 2008 21:11:04 +0000

Before I get started, I owe you an apology. I have been using this feature of Gmail so long I nearly forgot I was using it. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I was reading my email via a web browser on my cell phone that I thought “I don’t think I told […]

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Gmail Assistant – and more

Sun, 09 Mar 2008 03:13:44 +0000

If you use Gmail half as much as I do, then I’ll bet you have more than one Gmail Account. We’ve covered the Gmail Notifier on this podcast in the past as a way to monitor your Gmail, but that only monitors one accountat a time. GmailAssistant is a notifier for multiple Gmail accounts. It […]

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Hosted Mail (updated)

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 12:45:33 +0000

A while back I did an episode of the Gmail Podcast where I showed you how to switch your internet domain to be hosted by Google’s mail servers. This gives you the freedom of managing your own mail accounts, distribution lists, and other aspects of your mail environment, while providing all the benefits of Gmail […]

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Odds and Ends

Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:42:08 +0000

Google has been very busy lately adding some very nice features to their version 2.0 interface. As a reminder, the ver 2.0 interface requires IE 6 or later or FireFox 2.0 or later. if you haven’t been following the blog on the Gmail Podcast website I’ll bring you up to date on a few announcements […]

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Sun, 02 Dec 2007 20:28:55 +0000

Gspace is an add-on to the Firefox browser that allows you to use your 5+GB of Gmail storage as drive space. Start by downloading GSpace from If you enter GSpace in the search box at the top of the screen, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it. The download process is straightforward and requires […]

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Mon, 19 Nov 2007 02:11:35 +0000

Listener, and fellow Friends In Tech member, Steve Holden sent in an audio clip comparing Gmail to several other popular online mail services. Listen to find out the results.

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IMAP 101

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 01:11:33 +0000

Gmail now supports IMAP. What’s IMAP you say? IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. This is just another way for your Outlook, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, Thunderbird, or even your iPhone, to communicate with Google’s mail server. So what are the advantages of IMAP? For users with many, or large messages, IMAP can result […]

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Twitter offers import of Gmail Contacts

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 15:45:18 +0000

For those who use Twitter for your social networking, they have added a nice feature under the “Find & Invite” section to allow you to invite people from your Gmail address book quickly and easily. As a quick side note, Twitter is similar to instant messaging on a web page. You login with an account […]

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Filter Assistant

Sun, 08 Jul 2007 23:13:10 +0000

I don’t know when the Filter Assistant feature first appeared, but I have found it very useful. You’ll find the link to the filter assistant in the upper right of any message. When you click on this link, an orange section appears that looks a lot like the content when you are creating filters via […]

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PowerPoint Viewer

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 02:24:17 +0000

Gmail now recognizes Microsoft PowerPoint attachments. When you have a message with a PowerPoint attached, Gmail will present a link labeled “View as slideshow” near the attachment. When you click on that Gmail will open a new window and start displaying the slides. In theory, it’s pretty straight forward, but here’s what I found in […]

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Selecting Multiple Conversations

Sat, 12 May 2007 22:16:52 +0000

Here’s a quick tip how to select multiple conversations with just two mouse clicks. To check a range of conversations from the index, click the checkbox next to the first conversation then hold down the shift key while selecting the last conversation. If you are familiar with selecting a range of cells in a spreadsheet, […]

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Add Event to Calendar

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 01:19:36 +0000

Listener Steve Holden pointed out that while reading messages, he noticed that the Gmail web interface has a link on the right side of the screen to add the event to your Google calendar when a date appears in the body of the message. I tried doing little experimenting to see if I could trigger […]

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Google Checkout

Sat, 24 Mar 2007 21:10:14 +0000

You can use your Gmail account as a secure way of checking out of dozens of online stores. Many offer a discount! Learn more by listening!

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More HTML Signatures

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 02:15:15 +0000

In an earlier episode of the Gmail Podcast I described how to do HTML signatures using Google documents to copy and paste the content. Thanks to listener Bob, there is an easier way using Greasemonkey. Step 1 involves installing Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that lets you manage other scripts. You can find it […]

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Mail Fetcher

Sat, 10 Feb 2007 23:13:28 +0000

Gmail now has a way to get email from other accounts with a feature called Mail Fetcher. This differs slightly from the existing technology available in the “Send Mail As” feature described in an earlier podcast. Send Mail As is a “push” technology meaning that your mail is pushed from the original source (say your […]

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Google Alerts

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 18:01:21 +0000

Learn how to use Google Alerts as part of your Gmail account to know when your favorite topics are found on the web.

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Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:29:47 +0000

I was surprised to find that I had not covered this topic yet.

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New Years News

Sat, 06 Jan 2007 19:16:31 +0000

Some quick updates I picked up in the past week or two regarding Gmail.

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Anti-Virus Explained

Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:49:22 +0000

You may have not even realized that Gmail provided anti-virus protection, but it’s there. Listen and find out more about how it works.

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HTML Signatures

Sun, 19 Nov 2006 03:30:43 +0000

While the Signatures option in the general Gmail settings allows plain text only, there is a way you can leverage Google Docs to help you create a signature with different fonts, styles, and even images. Listen to this episode of the Gmail Podcast and find out how.

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Suggest Features

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 17:41:03 +0000

Gmail has a page to allow you to suggest features. Choose from some of the more popular suggestions or create your own. Find the page here.

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Report Phishing

Sat, 14 Oct 2006 18:07:07 +0000

Tired of those nasty messages from bogus sources impersonating sites PayPal, eBay, or your bank in order to gain access to your information? Gmail has a feature to help combat this situation. It only takes a couple mouse clicks to help you and your fellow Gmail users. Listen and learn how.

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Apply New Filters to Old Mail

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 00:24:09 +0000

Learn a little bit more about filters and how you can apply them to existing mail conversations.

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Web Clips

Sat, 16 Sep 2006 21:55:25 +0000

Learn how to customize (or even disable) those messages at the top of your mail index and messages.

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Tougher Spam Filtering

Sun, 03 Sep 2006 00:01:07 +0000

Those pesky spammers are getting tougher and tougher to beat. This little hint should help keep their latest tactic from bugging you.

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Google Notifier for the Mac

Sat, 26 Aug 2006 19:27:16 +0000

Despite the “beta” label, Google Notifer for the Mac v1.9.65 is available for download. You can find it here. It’s a handy way to keep tabs on your Google Calendar and Gmail account without firing up the browser and logging in to Gmail. If you need to get to either of those items, they are […]

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