It’s been a while since I last posted an update. I’ve been focussed on launching the Using Technology Better Community. The launch conferences are starting in just 2 weeks; very exciting! In this short tip, I am going to show you two of my favourite Gmail Labs Features that allow me to easily preview my emails.
You can watch the short video below, listen to the audio version or read the transcript below.
GMAIL LABS VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:
00:31 You access these two features through Google Labs
01:09 The toggle split pane button
01:45 See how to use the sneak peak for Gmail
02:07 How to use each of these Gmail Labs
02:33 What more tips like these? Head over to www.googleappsforedu.com
Hi, you’re with Mike Reading from GoogleAppsforEdu.com. Today, what I do is just show you two short tricks on how to interact with Gmail to save you a lot of time.
Now, to access these features we need to switch on Gmail labs, and we need to choose two Gmail labs in particular. So, to access your Google Gmail lab, then we just need to click on the settings button just over here, the cog, then click on settings. Now, once we get into our settings, we need to click on labs just here. And the two that you want to enable message sneak peek and preview pane just here.
They won’t be at the top for you if you haven’t enabled them but overall your labs here are all in alphabetical orders so just go and find those, message sneak peek and preview pane. Once you’ve clicked enabled for both of those, make sure you save your changes. And we just reload your Gmail account for you with the new changes in place.
You’ll notice up here on the right hand corner of your page now, there’s a new button when you hover over it. It says toggle, split pane mode. There are several different modes that you can choose. You can choose your vertical split or your horizontal split. I’ll just show you what both of those look like. Here’s your horizontal split if I click on an email that shows me the email underneath it. You can see the whole email in entirety and you can also click reply and forward just down the bottom here as you only would. Or you can use your buttons as per your normal Gmail usage. I’ll just show you the vertical split, just puts it to the side and there it is there for you.
The other feature that you can use right inside Gmail is the sneak peek for Gmail. Now, when you do this, what you can do is you can right click on an email message and it will open up the email message for you here. You can see how many messages are in the thread just here, you can view the entire conversation through right here. And it shows you the whole email in it’s entirety.
Now, the difference between these are when you use message preview pane and you click on the email, it actually changes it and says that the email’s been read. If you use the sneak peek when you right click on it, the email is marked as unread unless you want to click the mark as read button here.
So, just two ways to interact with your Gmail so you can see what’s in it and save yourself a lot of time and energy.
So, hope that helps. If you’d like any other tips, feel free to head over that GoogleAppsforEdu.com and you’ll find lots of different resources there to help you out. Thanks for watching.