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May
2009

Gmail Features you may not know yet!

 

Automatic message translation

Gmail now supports automatic message translation from any language to a language you know.Simply enable "Message Translation" from the Labs tab under Settings, and when you receive an email in a language other than your own, Gmail will help you translate it into a language you can understand. In one click.The feature can be used for 41 languages. Gmail will suggest a language to translate the message to, and also gives you the option to translate the message to different language.


Import Contacts from other Accounts

This feature is targetted mainly for users who are switching from other emails like yahoo, AOL, Hotmail and many more.At one click you can import all your contacts from external accounts to your gmail account.Personally this has been very useful for me. I was/am a strict user of yahoo since a decade and even though I got my gmail account 5 years back, I still have not made a complete transition to gmail. Hope this drives me more towards gmail - for the feature it offers, yahoo is no match.This new feature is available in all newly-created Gmail accounts, and it is slowly being rolled out to all existing accounts. It'll take longer than the few hours or days that most Gmail features take to get out to everyone. You'll know it's on for your account when you see the Accounts and Import tab (formerly just called Accounts) under Settings.

Suggest more recipients :Once you pick some email recipients, Gmail suggests more people you might want to include based on the groups of people you email most often.

Google Docs gadget :Adds a box in the left column which displays your Google Docs. Shows recent docs, starred docs, and has fast search.

Create a Document :Allows you to create a Google Document from an email conversation or a new blank document if your keyboard shortcuts are enabled by hitting 'g' then 'w'.

YouTube previews in mail :Shows a video preview whenever you receive a YouTube link in an email. You can watch the video right inline!

Tasks :Tasks adds a to-do list to Gmail. After adding the lab, click the Tasks link above the chat box on the left-hand-side of the page. Your task list will appear on the right – click anywhere in the list and start typing to add a task.You can also create a task from an email: from the More Actions menu, choose Add to Tasks when viewing an email, or press shift+T if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled. For more shortcuts, explore the Actions menu at the bottom of your task list.

 

 More of these tricks on using gmail effectively and making your mailing experience more enjoyable can be seen at  Labs tab under Settings.

Author: pradeep