Gmail can be tweaked almost endlessly with various Firefox and Chrome extensions, and offers some pretty nifty Labs options too. However, we’ve taken a look at some simple tips, tricks, tweaks and shortcuts you can use without going down the plugin or experimental route.
These 10 features will help you get so much more out of the webmail service, from an enhanced chat experience, to smarter filters, to offline access.
Have a read through now and let us know any neat Gmail () hints you’d like to share in the comments box below.
1. Add Emphasis in Chat
Gmail’s instant messaging Chat function is one of the more basic options around, but there are a few bits of formatting you can use to add nuance to your online communication.
To bold a word, asterisk it like this: *Mashable ()*
To add italics, just underscore before and after the word like this: _Mashable_
And to strike a word through, add hyphens before and after like so: -Mashable-
2. Customize Your Web Clips
You’ve no doubt noticed the “Web Clips” line of text that appears above your Gmail inbox which contains news, blog posts, ads and other info. But did you know you can personalize it to make it more relevant to you?
Simply go to “Settings” on the top right of your screen and select the “Web Clips” tab. From there, you can search, browse from the categories, and add and remove items to your heart’s content.