A Simpler Guide to Gmail – the fifth Edition

2020 has been a strange year. It’s taken a while but I’m updating my website again and what better way to add to the site and put all the books I’ve made in 2020 on it! I published a Simpler Guide to Gmail in January this year but I’ve only just realised I didn’t put it on my own blog. I blame Covid 19, home schooling and the new puppy! Anyway, if you are new to Gmail and want to get to grips with the online software, A Simpler Guide to…

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Q&A What is the difference between marking a message as read and archiving it?

Question: What is the difference between marking a message as read and archiving it? A read and archived message are different things. You can have a read or an unread email that is archived. When a message is archived, what you are really doing is removing the inbox label from the email. This means it is removed from the inbox. It can be read or unread at this point. When you read or mark an email as read, Gmail will change the colour of the email on the homepage but…

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Q&A What’s the best way to organize my inbox such that I can mark messages which I still need to respond to differently from ones which I am waiting on a response to?

Question: What’s the best way to organize my inbox such that I can mark messages which I still need to respond to differently from ones which I am waiting on a response to? In my book Email Management using Gmail, I advocate the use of creating three inboxes. Urgent messages stay in your primary inbox and others are filtered automatically by filters you set up or are moved by you to the new folders to be dealt with in order of urgency when you have time. The three inboxes I suggest in…

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Q&A How do I find my new emails in Gmail?

Question: How do I find my new emails in Gmail? Gmail will usually put new emails at the top. The exceptions are if it is considered spam or you have filtered your emails to go into folders (labels). How can you tell they are new? It will also usually be white and go grey when you have read it. Filtered emails If it has been filtered or moved by Gmail look in your All mail label/folder on the left of the browser screen when Gmail is open. Your email swill be in date…

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Q& A How do I archive drafts on Gmail?

Question: How do I archive drafts on Gmail? There are draft emails that I’ve written. I don’t want to send them or delete them. I don’t want them clogging up my drafts inbox (which serves kinda like a to-do list). Yet I want to keep them just in case. How do I archive them? If you want to keep them as emails I would send them to myself and then add labels to them. You can use the label “Archived drafts” but more specific ‘folders’ may be appropriate as well. The great thing…

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Email Management using Gmail gets a 5* Review

Readers’ Favorite Review Email Management using Gmail by Ceri Clark shows ways to automate one’s email organization, specifically aimed at users of Gmail. It helps one in doing more productive work, rather than fighting the monster of email overload. It begins with a general discussion on the use of Gmail, a quick start guide where the facilities available and how to set them up are demonstrated. Use of labels, filters, groups and related particularities are treated at length with an overview of housekeeping of mails in general. Operational tips and…

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A Simpler Guide to Gmail

Third edition of A Simpler Guide to Gmail: An unofficial user guide to setting up and using your free Google email account now available! Are you looking for free email but don’t know where to start? Do you use Gmail but want to use it more effectively? Do you want to organize your emails better? Spending too much time on your email? Then this guide for your Google mail account is for you! This is the complete illustrated guide to setting and using Gmail. Packed full of tips and information,…

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The great freebie giveaway experiment

It is far too early to work out if it’was successful or not but last weekend I decided to give away my A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition book for free for one day only. As you might have already guessed A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a non-fiction book about of all things, Gmail, not a romantic story set in 1920s New York (although it could be a great time travel tale given enough time and plot!) I’ve come to the conclusion that giveing  away non-fiction books may…

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Republishing with KDP – Customers don’t automatically get changes.

I’ve had a few problems moving from one edition of my Gmail book to another. I didn’t want to delete the other one as it sold well and was highly ranked. I would have to start from scratch. I tried putting a message in the original book to people who already bought it offering them the new one. I was expecting them to refund the book and get the new one. Turns out they weren’t getting the changes! The reason I didn’t want to keep the old edition because the name was…

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A Simpler Guide to Gmail, Second Edition: Getting the most out of Google’s free email is now only available on Kindle

Due to changes in Gmail by Google in 2013, A Simpler Guide to Gmail is now half price until the new edition is ready for publication. Buy the Kindle format from Amazon This second (2012) edition of A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a fully revised, illustrated,straightforward and no-nonsense approach to a how-to guide for setting up your Gmail account. With twice the information of the first edition there are step-by-step guides to opening the account and sending email, to the more advanced features including Chat and Labs. Also now includes…

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