Introducing the new compose in Gmail

How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message? Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger). You can now write messages in a cleaner, simpler experience that puts the focus on your message itself, not all the features around it. This makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft. You can even do a search or keep an eye on new mail as it comes in. And because the compose window works the same way as chats, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fast: Compose messages right from your inbox.
  • Simple: Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look.
  • Powerful: Check emails as you’re typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.

Try it out!

Once you click the Compose button, click the “new compose experience” link right next to the Labels button at the top of the message. Until the change is fully launched, you’ll be able to choose whether you use the new or current experience.

If you change your mind or if you need to use a feature that isn’t available yet, you can switch back to the old experience at any time. Here’s how:

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Why I can’t live without the archive button

If I were stuck on a desert island with only 1 thing, it would be pretty difficult to choose between a survival expert and my trusty archive button.

While it may seem obvious that the survival expert is the way to go, the Archive button in Gmail, which looks like this, , is pretty essential to my everyday survival.

Archiving lets you tidy up your inbox by moving messages from your inbox into your All Mail label, so you don’t have to delete anything. It’s like moving something into a filing cabinet for safekeeping, rather than putting it in the trash can.

Any message you’ve archived can be found by clicking the “All Mail” label on the left side of your Gmail page. You can also find a message you’ve archived by clicking on any other labels you’ve applied to it, or by searching for it by email author or keywords.

When someone responds to a message you’ve archived, the conversation containing that message will reappear in your inbox.

To archive messages, Read More below.

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Setting an automatic vacation response

Going on vacation? No access to the Internet? If you find yourself taking a few days- or an entire summer- away from the classroom-  you can set Gmail’s vacation responder to let people know you won’t be able to get back to them right away.

You can write your own vacation response in your Gmail settings that will automatically reply to anyone who emails you. While the vacation responder is enabled, Gmail will send your customized response to anyone who contacts you.

If that person contacts you again after four days and your vacation responder is still enabled, Gmail will send another vacation response to remind the person that you’re away from your email. Read More to find out how to set up a vacation response:

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This Email Tastes Like Spam

One of the issues we face with the glut of incoming email is trying to determine if an email we get is legitimate or just junk or spam. There are some easy ways to determine if an email you received is actually for you or just someone trying to get you to click on a link. This post will help you determine the difference between your real and junk messages and protect you from potential harm to both your computer and your identity.

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