Almost 10 years ago, Gmail challenged the likes of Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL to become today the most widely used consumer email service. With a user base of more than 1 billion, it’s no secret why most of us have a Google account.
Gmail Address tricks
However, do you think that you are getting the most from your Gmail account? Do you know about the features of Gmail that can actually add a lot to your Email experience? We have got these three secret Gmail tricks that you may not have tried yet. Read on.
1. Use (+) to create unlimited siblings of your Gmail address
Yes, that’s possible. Just append a plus (“+”) sign after your email address and after that, you can insert any combination of words or numbers to create any number of personalized email IDs with the same inbox.
For instance, if your current email ID is email@example.com, you can modify email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or use any combination to still receive an email with the same ID, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hence using this Gmail trick, you will be able to create multiple aliases of your primary ID and that too without tweaking any setting or configuration.
- You can make use of multiple aliases to sign up with web services with their name after the (“+”) sign. So, when you get an email from them on your primary ID you will know instantly which service has sent you the email.
- You can use an alias name to sign up for social channels and use their name while registering. For instance, email@example.com can be modified into firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and so on.
2. Use (.) dot to create multiple addresses of your primary address
This is another Gmail trick on how you can create multiple email addresses by inserting (.) dot anywhere in your Gmail address. Gmail doesn’t recognize periods as characters in addresses and just ignore them even if you enter by mistake.
For example, firstname.lastname@example.org can be written as email@example.com. The emails would still go at the primary address. Remember the periods in your email address count for nothing and hence you can create multiple ids.
Tip: You can still sign up for an online service even without revealing your email id. Just use an alias name by inserting (.) dots in between and if you want to create an email filter for that id to know the emails coming for that online service. Delete or keep such emails as per your wish.
3. Un-send emails on Gmail
This is a real handy Gmail trick that can save you from blushes. Many a times we send an email in haste, only to immediately realize that we should not have sent, or there was a modification required in the email content.
Don’t Worry! There is a way that you can avoid this and in Gmail, you can actually stop an email after you hit the “Send” button.
Click on the “gear” icon in your inbox and go to “Settings”.
In “Settings” locate the “Undo Send” tab.
Click > “Enable Undo Send”. You can set the “Send cancellation period” to a maximum of 30 seconds. The Send cancellation period is the time during which you can Un-send the message.
Now scroll down the page and click “Save Changes”. You have completed the Settings changes.
Now, whenever you send an email, you will see an “Undo” option (as shown below ) using which you can stop the email. Do note, that Undo will be active only for a few seconds, precisely the time that you set in the cancellation period in “Settings”. Hence, you have to hit “Undo” pretty quickly.
Once you have successfully stopped the message, you will have to get a confirmation pop-up that “Sending has been undone”. Now you can modify or delete the original message as shown below.
I am sure that you will like the above Gmail tricks. Do let us know if you benefitted from them or you have more tricks to share here.
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