Our friend Ida, who is 95, likes to print out her Gmail messages, but the print is often too tiny, and she hates printing the column on the left listing all the folders. We have encountered this tiny print problem once in a while on our machines. But our solution for this — moving the text into MS Word, was too complicated for her, she said. So we tried another solution.
A few weeks ago we mentioned the yellow exclamation point in Gmail that prompted us to switch from Chrome to Firefox to Opera. A reader said he gets it too and wonders why. We finally have the answer. Every web address these days begins with “https” rather than the simple “http.” (The “s” is for “security.”) If you have a browser add-on that still uses the simple http, Gmail flags it. It can be quite annoying, even causing your email to freeze, but it appears to be harmless. In our tests, simply uninstalling Google Chrome and reinstalling it without any add-ons fixed the problem.
Google the phrase “Gmail Cheat Sheet” and you’ll get a handy chart full of keyboard shortcuts for common Gmail commands.
We were already using “r” for reply and “c” to compose a new message, but we discovered a lot more. For instance, type the forward slash “/” (without the quotes) to put your cursor right in the search box, which is faster that moving there with your mouse.
To email a huge bunch of photos, we like the free Picasa from Google. Select all the pictures in a folder by clicking with your right mouse button and choosing “select all.” Then email them all in one fell swoop by holding “Ctrl” and the “E” key. (E for email.)
It seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry we know, including Joy’s nephews, have switched to Gmail. In fact, we read that Gmail beat out Microsoft’s Hotmail to become the world’s largest email provider last year. So here are a few tips for Gmail users.
BrandMyMail.com is a free program for putting ordinary Gmail messages into virtual stationery, with your latest Twitter messages off to the right and your custom logo and photo below your signature. It’s interesting; Joy just started using it.
WriteThat.Name (it’s not dot com, it’s dot name) is a free program for Gmail users. It keeps your address book up to date by comparing incoming mail with the info in your email address book. This is really handy; we downloaded it for ourselves.