Almost all of us are using or have used Gmail at some point of time. Users of Gmail rely pretty heavily on auto complete to add recipients. Auto complete is a functionality which suggests the recipients when you type in ‘To’ , ‘Cc’ or ‘Bcc’ boxes. Till now we had to remember the name, mail id or at least a few characters of any one or both  to utilize Auto complete feature for adding  recipients to whom we want to send a mail. This generally becomes difficult as the number of contacts grows in your list.

To make the things more easier, Google has added Contact chooser option in Gmail. This enables you to see all the contacts and choose all or some of them by clicking on any of them. Just click on ‘To’, ‘Cc’ or ‘Bcc’  as shown below and and Contact chooser is at your service.

Contact chooser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the contact chooser window which will appear on clicking on any of the above.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Further, you can also choose a specific group through the drop down as shown below and Contact chooser will show you all the contacts of that group. To view and choose from all the contacts, just select ‘All contacts’ from the drop down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Well, this is indeed a usefull feature which will enable you remember all the people you want to include on your email. So, what are you waiting for. Just give it a try and share your opinion on the same.

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If you’re switching to Gmail from another email provider, importing contacts and messages from your old email account can help you make the transition without having to do a bunch of housekeeping. Below is the procedure :

1) Login into your Gmail account.

2) Click the Settings link.

3) Click on Accounts and Import tab and then on Import mails and contacts as shown below :

Import in Gmail                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

4)  In the newly opened window, mention the account from where you want to import mails and contacts and click on ‘Continue’.

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5) On asking for the password, provide the password of the account from where you are importing and click on ‘Continue’.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           6) Select the check boxes as per your requirement and click on ‘Start import’.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7) Your contacts and/or messages will be imported. It may take 24-48 hours before you see your imported messages, so don’t worry if they’re not there as soon as you click OK. You can check the status of your import by clicking the Accounts and Importstab on the Settings page. Once the import is complete, you’ll see a confirmation message at the top of your inbox.

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Below is the list of supported email providers as given at Gmail’s help.

  • aol.com
  • aol.fr
  • clear.net.nz
  • cox.net
  • comcast.net
  • cs.com
  • earthlink.net
  • freenet.de
  • freeserve.co.uk
  • gmx.at
  • gmx.ch
  • gmx.de
  • gmx.net
  • hotmail.com
  • hotmail.co.uk
  • hotmail.de
  • hotmail.fr
  • Ihug.co.nz
  • juno.com
  • laposte.net
  • live.com
  • mail.ru
  • msn.com
  • netscape.com
  • netzero.com
  • neuf.fr
  • optonline.net
  • optusnet.com.au
  • orange.fr
  • orangehome.co.uk
  • orcon.net.nz
  • paradise.net.nz
  • rr.com
  • slingshot.co.nz
  • sprint.ca
  • sympatico.ca
  • tiscali.co.uk
  • verizon.net
  • voila.fr
  • wanadoo.co.uk
  • wanadoo.fr
  • web.de
  • worldnet.att.net
  • yahoo.com
  • yahoo.co.uk
  • yahoo.co.in
  • yandex.ru                  
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    This new feature is available in all newly created accounts and is being slowly rolled out to all existing ones. It may take some time before this feature is available in all the existing account.You’ll know it’s on for your account when you see the Accounts and Import tab (formerly just called Accounts) under Settings.

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    Yes, you can send free SMS to a mobile number from Gmail chat. But, this service is limited to US numbers only.

    Following are the steps :

    1) Login into your Gmail account.

    2) Go to ‘Settings’ –> ‘Labs’ tab and Enable ‘Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat’. Same is shown below :

    Enable SMS in Gmail

    3) Now save this change by clicking on ‘Save changes’.

    4) Now, place you mouse pointer on your online contact to whom you want to send SMS. Below window will appear. Click on ‘Video & more’ . Here you will find ‘Send SMS’ option.

    Gmail send SMS option

    5) Click on ‘Send SMS’ and if you have not saved contact’s mobile number earlier then below window will appear(If you already have the number of your contact saved in contact;s detains the it’ll result in the window of step 6). Specify the mobile number in the new window and click on ‘Save’.

    Send SMS

    6) Now your contact’s mobile number is saved. If you repeat Step 4 then this time a text window will appear on the bottom right corner of your screen where you can type your message and the same will be sent to your friend’s mobile. Below is the same window.

    Gmail SMS window

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Friends, we may think that we can easily backup any mails data by just forwarding the mails to some other mail id. But, how about a situation when there are 500 or 1000 mails to be backed up? One solution of this problem is enabling POP3 access in your Gmail and using a mail client like Microsoft Outlook to download all the mails.

    The other solution is to use a desktop application(or mail client) called Gmail Backup. Just install it and start backing up your Gmail. This also has an option of restoring backed  up mails at later point of time if you want. The screen shot is below :

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The application itself is very simple to use. As shown above, you just need to mention your Gmail id and password and click on ‘Backup’. Once you click on ‘Backup’, the application establish a connection to your gmail account and backs up the mails in default location(Backup folder  C:\Program Files\GmailBackup\messages\da\LC_MESSAGES). You can change the backup location as per your requirement. 

    There ae two very important points about which you need to take care before you start backup.  Following are the same :

    1) Make sure that your antivirus software/firewall doesn’t block Gmail Backup from connecting to internet.

    2) You need to enable IMAP access in your gmail account. For this, login into gmail->Click on ‘Settings’-> Click ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP-‘> ‘Enable IMAP’->’Save changes’.

    You can download the application from Download Gmail Backup for Windows ,  Download Gmail Backup for Linux.  For more details on Gmail backup you can take a look at Gmail-Backup.

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    With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size.
    Please note that you may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits, says Google