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Rid Your Inbox Of Those Pesky Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales Emails In Seconds

November 30th, 2015 by Christen

If you’re like me, your inbox was doomed from the start!  It’s the time of year that any business you’ve ever shopped online before feels obligated to email you at once…and sometimes more than once in a day!  You’ve received hundreds of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday emails days (and maybe weeks) before the holiday weekend began and now you’re anxious about ridding yourself of an overcrowded inbox, once and for all…

After a few failed attempts at organizing, deleting and unsubscribing to emails one by one, I’ve discovered how to delete sales emails and clean your Gmail inbox in three easy steps.

 

Step One:

From your Gmail inbox type IN:UNREAD Black Friday in the search box and press Enter.  (This will highlight all of the unread emails in your inbox.)

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Step Two:

Click on the box in the upper-left corner of your inbox that lets you select different types of messages. Click the down arrow and choose ALL from the drop-down menu.  Google will then give you an option to select all messages — conversations via a link at the top of the page.  Click the link that says “Select all xx,xxx conversations in inbox” (This action will select all of the unread messages in your inbox – not just all of the unread messages on the current page.)

 

Step Three:

Now all of the unread messages in your inbox should be selected and highlighted.  Click the More button above your inbox, choose Mark as read. Lastly, click OK on the confirmation pop-up window to confirm your decision to mark each and every e-mail in your inbox as read.

 

Need to get rid of Cyber Monday emails? Repeat steps 1 – 3 by typing in IN:UNREAD Cyber Monday in the search box instead.  This eCleaning method is a quick and easy a way to clear the tens of hundreds (or thousands) of emails out of your inbox by marking them “as read” versus deleting or archiving all of them.  After all, who knows – you may need to access info from long lost emails and as long as they’re present in your inbox, you can easily find them again using the search box tool.  (If you just want to get rid of them completely – choose delete and POOF….they’re gone!

Have you been able to organize your post holiday shopping emails?  Share your best tips to organizing your inbox below!

10 Gmail Tips To Tame And Master Your Mailbox

April 1st, 2014 by Christen

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Happy Birthday Gmail!  Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Gmail has graced users with ginormous mailbox storage, calendars, apps and an overall user experience that aol and hotmail only wished they’d created?  In celebration of Gmail’s 10th birthday we’ve compiled our favorite shortcuts, customizable options and quick hacks that all users can optimize, as long as they know how to find them. [Plus a bonus hack that will tame that overrun mailbox of yours in two shakes of a lambs tail…]

10.  Undo sent messages

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Sometimes you click “send” too soon and have a mini panic attack. But did you know you can undo sent messages?  Here’s how you unlock the option: Click on the gear icon on the righthand side, and then select Settings. Go to Labs, scroll down to Undo Send and choose to “enable.”

Once you’ve saved that feature, test it out. (For Gmail newbies, the Labs section is where the creators test out new or interesting features, which could “change, break or disappear at any time.” However, this feature has been around for at least four years.)

After sending a message, a yellow bar will appear at the top of your Gmail and say “Your message has been sent,” and will offer you the option to “undo” or “view message.” If you choose “undo,” your message turns back into a draft. But be swift — the option will only hang around for a few seconds.

 

9.  Custom Themes

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This is a tip that’s hidden in broad daylight. If you’re bored with your current Google background, upload one of your own images instead.

Go to the gear, click “Themes,” then scroll to where it says “Custom Themes.” From there you can click “Light” or “Dark,” which refers to the color you want your emails and font to be. Then click “Select a background image,” and you’ll be able to drag or upload whatever image you want, and voilà — makeover complete. [Just in case you’re interested in this year’s April’s Fools Day prank by Gmail — get your personalized “Shelfie” here.]

 

8.  Gmail Star Power

Gmail power users are more than familiar with the star function, which lets you quickly mark important messages. However, Gmail also has a broader star system with a wider range of star colors and symbols.

Head to your Settings, then hop down to “Stars.” You can choose from a list of colorful stars and symbols such as exclamation points and check marks. If you’re the type to color code everything, this will be a helpful tool.

 

7.  Add / Subtract Inbox Tabs

In May 2013, Gmail updated its inbox by adding new tabs at the top. They filter your emails into “Primary,” “Social” and “Promotions.” However, those options are totally customizable.

If you hate the look of the tabs, click on the gear icon on the righthand side and select “Configure inbox.” A box will pop up that allows you to deselect “Social” and “Promotions,” leaving you with just your “Primary” inbox.

However, you’ll also notice that you can select those three boxes, as well as “Updates” and “Forums.” Tabaholics of the world just got a little happier.

 

6.  Inbox Count in your Browser Tab

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Here’s another tip for tab lovers. If you have dozens of tabs open in your browser and you want to find out how many emails you have without needing to click on the page, enable the “Unread message icon” lab.

Click over to your settings, click on “Labs” and scroll down to “Unread message icon.” Enable and save the option, and a little number will pop up on the tab containing your inbox. That way, you’ll always know how many emails you have while you’re busy with other tasks.

 

5.  Those Dots Just Don’t Matter

The email service has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to dots and plus signs in address usernames. It doesn’t recognize the symbols, thus making them pretty pointless. However, you can use these blind spots to create ultra specific filters, according to this blog post from Gmail’s official team.

If you put a plus sign after your email address, it doesn’t affect anything (for example, if your username is myaccount@gmail.com, it would be the same as myaccount+mashable@gmail.com). This can help if you’re signing up for something, such as subscribing to a newsletter or a new social media account. You could sign up with the username myaccount+newsletter@gmail.com, or myaccount+socialmedia.com, thencreate a filter for those emails.

The same goes for dots; using my.a.c.c.o.u.n.t@gmail.com is the same as myaccount@gmail.com.

 

4.  Keyboard Shortcuts

Have you ever wished you could press a few quick keys to do all of your Gmail actions? The email service has you covered. Here’s a detailed list of keyboard shortcuts you can enable, from selecting and deleting contacts to opening your drafts.

 

3.  Quicker Email Loading

If you need to check your email right this minute, but it’s taking a while to load, switch over to the service’s basic mode. By adding “/?ui=html” to the end of your url (using mail.google.com), it loads the version without Java Script.

However, that means many of your modern Gmail features won’t function, but it will pull up your email in a shorter amount of time and allows you to employ basic actions.

 

2.  Search For Attachments Quicker

If you’re hunting for an email that had an attachment, add the code “has:attachment” to your query in the search bar. That way, your search will only pull up emails with attachments, so you don’t have to wade through a sea of empty messages.

 

1.  Quicker Email Responses

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If you find yourself sending the same email over and over, you might want to set up some automatic responses.

Once again, click the gear icon and select Settings. Go to the Labs section and scroll down for “Canned Responses.” Once you enable the option and save, compose a new email. In the bottom right corner of the message box will be a small arrow (right next to the trash symbol). Click it and a list will pop up, with “Canned Responses” now showing up as an option. From there, you can create any automatic message, so it’s right there waiting for you whenever you just want to click and go.

 

[BONUS: Deep Clean Your Gmail Inbox in Three Easy Steps]

 

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How To Clean Your Gmail Inbox In Three Easy Steps

January 20th, 2014 by Christen

Long ago, there was a time where I made sure to keep my email inbox nice and clean.  Promptly responding to, deleting and filing all my emails – all the time.  Handling one email inbox is one thing, but when it comes to keeping multiple email inboxes in check – organization becomes a completely new challenge.  After a few failed attempts at organizing emails one by one, I’ve discovered how to clean your Gmail inbox in three easy steps.

This eCleaning is simply a way to clear the tens of hundreds (or thousands) of emails out of your inbox by marking them “as read” versus deleting or archiving all of them.  After all, who knows – you may need to access info from long lost emails and as long as they’re present in your inbox, you can easily find them again using the search box tool.

Using the same search box tool, you can easily find, locate and Clean your gmail inbox in these three easy steps below.

 

Step One:

From your Gmail inbox type IN:UNREAD in the search box and press Enter.  (This will highlight all of the unread emails in your inbox.)

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Step Two:

Click on the box in the upper-left corner of your inbox that lets you select different types of messages. Click the down arrow and choose ALL from the drop-down menu.  Google will then give you an option to select all messages — conversations via a link at the top of the page.  Click the link that says “Select all xx,xxx conversations in inbox” (This action will select all of the unread messages in your inbox – not just all of the unread messages on the current page.)

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Step Three:

Now all of the unread messages in your inbox should be selected and highlighted.  Click the More button above your inbox, choose Mark as read. Lastly, click OK on the confirmation pop-up window to confirm your decision to mark each and every e-mail in your inbox as read.

 

Viola!  Your email inbox is now nice, clear and clean!  I’m so proud of my now, clean inbox – I had to screenshot my  inbox victory.

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Do you have any tips or tricks to keep your inbox neat and organized?  Share your advice below.

Is Gmail Getting A Facelift? A New Gmail Might Be Coming Soon!

May 28th, 2013 by Rod

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There weren’t too many major changes from Google this year. We recently told you about their merging Just because Google I/O is already done and over with, it doesn’t mean new rumors on Google products haven’t stopped. The folks over at The Next Web have received some screenshots that show that Gmail is getting a redesign. We think Gmail is long overdue for a makeover. From the screenshots we see that with the makeover, the new Gmail will have a new way of organization within your inbox.

 

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What’s In the New Gmail?

The new Gmail inbox will be broken down in five new categories: Primary, Social, Offers, Notifications, & Forums.

Primary – emails from family, friends, & other communication that can’t be categorized.
Social – emails for social media like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.
Offers – emails from daily deal sites, retailers, & merchants.
Notifications – emails with reservations, flight details, & payment confirmation of bills.
Forums – emails from any forums or messageboards you are a part of.

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These changes bring a new theme and navigation drawer along with filters. It seems that the bar at the bottom (the one that has the compose, search, labels, refresh, and menu icons) is no longer there. The new look is expected to roll out sometime in the near future on the web, Android, & iOS. According to the Next Web, Google wouldn’t confirm. It’s all about the waiting game now!

Do you like the new look or are you not impressed by it? What other changes do you think are coming to the popular email client? 

Google Unveils Their All-In-One Chat Service – Google Hangouts

May 21st, 2013 by Rod

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During last week’s big developers conference: Google I/O, the company announced many new software features and services. Among them was their new way to communicate by making conversations come alive called Google Hangouts.

Previously, Google had multiple chat services spread out among different apps & platforms. They had Google Talk, Google Messenger,  But that is now a thing of the past.

 

What Is Google Hangouts?

Google wants you to stop worrying about what app to use to reach a friend. With Google Hangouts a lot of things apps and forms of sharing come together. Hangouts will merge Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, & Google+ Hangout video chat to bring one service for your communication needs. You can use right from your Gmail on your desktop. You can upgrade Chat to Hangouts by clicking on your photo icon in Gmail’s chat list.

Check out some of Google Hangouts features:

  • You can name your own chat,
  • create group chat rooms,
  • Google Hangouts has over 850 emoticons,
  • you can share photos,
  • do a group video chat of up to 10 people,
  • and sync conversations between devices.

Not only is that cool but it will also become available across multiple platforms (Android, iOS, & the web). SMS integration isn’t available now but it on the way. Once they add Google Voice support, this will be your all-in-one app to handle all of your communication needs.

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Download Google Hangouts

Download Google Hangouts for Android (although it should replace your Google Talk app when the app is updated).

Download Google Hangouts for Apple iOS.

Download Google Hangouts for your desktop / Chrome Extension 

 

 

How many of you already use Google Talk? With the popularity of Gmail, and the ease of Google Hangouts integration, i think Hangouts will become very popular for communicating. It may become the new AIM of today! 

 

You Can Panic Now…Gmail Is Down & The Mayans Knew This Was Coming…

December 10th, 2012 by Christen

They were right about this end of the world thing all along!

… Well, not the December 21st Armeggedon thing, but it’s truly the end of email users world now that Gmail is experiencing a major outage.

 

Google’s App Status dashboard, which offers the latest on outages and downtime for Google services such as Gmail, currently reports no unusual activity. The last “service disruption” registered by Google was four days ago, according to the dashboard.

Some users report that their Gmail accounts are accessible via mobile devices (i.e. Gmail’s iOS app), though not via Gmail’s website.

So far, there is no tweet from Gmail’s Twitter account acknowledging the outage.

Developing via HuffPostTech

***UPDATE***

12:30PM -Welp! That was quick!  Our gmail is working properly right about now.  How about yours?

Are You At Risk Of Becoming A Google Slave?

August 15th, 2011 by Christen

IN TODAY’S BREAKING NEWS:  Google announced THIS morning that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Motorola is one of 39 manufacturers of handsets that use Google’s Android operating system.  Buying a hardware company is an unusual move for Google. The acquisition, Google said in a statement, “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.”

Now here’s the conspiracy you didn’t know.  By now, you’re probably at risk of being sucked into the Google ecosystem.  Most of you are already waist-deep within Google’s clutches of power and don’t even know it yet.

Google has been on a mission to divide and conquer since 2001 acquiring major companies that provide the products & services that you use daily — with it’s newest acquisition of Motorola, the Google “monster” is in prime position to control many of your daily activities one moment at a time…

Five Reasons Why You’re At Risk of Becoming a Google Slave?

5.  Gmail – If you own a gmail account, use google apps or utilize Google Ad words on your website, GOTCHA! One quick security breach in Google’s products could make your life a living hell! (…and let’s not even talk about the Google+ hype.)

4. SayNow – Originally created to assist the internet deprived people of Egypt (during the 2011 revolution) by allowing phone messages to be tweeted through Twitter’s #Egypt hashtag, now acquired by Google, SayNow has the ability to become a communications lifeline, if (God-forbid) we have a huge internet shutdown or mutiny.  Who will we have to look to for help?  Google wins again.

3. Blogger – If you use the free blogging platform Blogger, for all of your online blogging needs – then you already know how dependent you are on Google to make sure everything is right – if not, you and your blog are subject to an epic fail!

2. YouTube – Who doesn’t utilize YouTube for a little in-office free time fun or to upload precious family moments or pure ridiculousness?  Can you imagine what would happen if YouTube suddenly disappeared?  You can’t — and that’s just where Google wants you.

1. Motorola – Can you hear me now?  If you’re a Droid user (now controlled by Google) then it totally depends on what Google wants you to hear. Google CEO Larry Page says “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”  — (side eyes) it sounds good, only time will tell how this acquisition will affect Droid and the user-experience in the future, just remember – if it goes to crap, you know who to blame.

 

Google is on a roll to control every aspect of a person’s online & offline life – it’s only a matter of time until the next acquisition could change the way we live in an instant, we’ll just have to wait and see who’s next to come under the Google umbrella and hope that it changes everything for the better and not for the worse.

Which Google product are you dependent on?  

Do you think you can walk away from using Google forever?

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