Gmail in 10 Minutes, Sams Teach Yourself

Gmail in 10 Minutes, Sams Teach Yourself

by Michael Miller

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Sams Teach Yourself Gmail in 10 Minutes, Second Edition , gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. Work through its 10-minute lessons to make the most of the world’s most powerful and popular email system!

This book will show you how to send and receive email from any web browser or smartphone using Gmail. You’ll learn how to send pictures and other file attachments, add a signature to your outgoing messages, and customize Gmail for your own personal use. You’ll even learn how to create and organize your Gmail contacts!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions.
Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls.
Notes provide additional information.

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to...
  • Create, send, receive, read, forward, and reply to emails
  • Format your email to be more attractive--and effective
  • Include pictures, web links, and file attachments
  • Add an email signature to all your messages
  • Organize stored messages and flag important ones
  • Work with Gmail offline
  • Store information about people, businesses, and organizations
  • Automate how Gmail handles specific messages
  • Use Vacation Responder to tell contacts you’re away
  • Customize Gmail’s appearance and behavior
  • Deal with annoying spam
  • Participate in free Hangout video chats
  • Use Gmail on your smartphone or tablet

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780133798661
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 911,089
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Michael Miller has written more than 150 nonfiction books over the past two decades. His best-selling titles include Sams Teach Yourself Spotify in 10 Minutes, Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner’s Guide, and Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource.

Mr. Miller has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers. For more information about Mr. Miller and his writing, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @molehillgroup.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
What You Need to Know to Use This Book     2
About the Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes Series     2
Special Sidebars     2
Chapter 1: How Gmail Works--And What It Does     3
What Is Gmail?      3
How Does Web-Based Email Work?      4
What Makes Gmail Different from Other Web-Based Email Services?      5
No Folders     6
Conversations     6
Storage     7
Gmail Today     7
Summary     9
Chapter 2: Creating and Signing In to a Gmail Account     11
Signing Up for a Gmail Account     11
Signing In to Gmail     14
Summary     15
Chapter 3: Navigating Gmail     17
Navigating the Inbox     17
Managing Messages     18
Reading and Sending Messages     19
Using the Navigation Sidebar     20
Accessing Other Gmail Features     21
Summary     23
Chapter 4: Receiving and Reading Email     25
Reading an Email Message     25
Replying to a Message     27
Reply to the Original Sender     27
Reply to All     28
Forwarding a Message     28
Printing a Message     29
Deleting a Message     30
Viewing and Managing Deleted Messages     31
Viewing an Email Conversation     31
Summary     32
Chapter 5: Sending Email     33
Composing a New Email Message     33
Selecting Recipients from the Contacts List     35
Copying Others on a Message     36
Working with Draft Messages     37
Checking Your Spelling     37
Summary     38
Chapter 6: Formatting Email Messages     39
Applying Text Formatting     39
Applying Paragraph Formatting     41
Inserting Web and Email Links     42
Adding Emoji     44
Summary     45
Chapter 7: Working with Pictures and File Attachments     47
Inserting a Picture into a New Email Message     47
Attaching a File to a New Email Message     49
Viewing Pictures in Email Messages     50
Downloading Files Attached to Email Messages     53
Summary     55
Chapter 8: Creating an Email Signature     57
Creating a New Signature     57
Changing or Removing Your Signature     59
Summary     59
Chapter 9: Working with Contacts and Contact Groups     61
Viewing Your Contacts     61
Creating a New Contact     63
Editing or Deleting a Contact     66
Creating a Contact Group     66
Adding a Contact to a Contact Group     67
Sending a Message to a Contact or Contact Group     68
Summary     69
Chapter 10: Organizing Your Gmail Messages     71
Organizing by Tab     71
Viewing Messages on a Tab     72
Moving Messages from One Tab to Another     73
Choosing Which Tabs to Display     73
Marking Important Messages     74
Organizing with Stars     75
Organizing with Labels     76
Labeling a Message     76
Creating a New Label     77
Changing Label Colors     78
Viewing Labeled Messages     78
Managing Your Labels     79
Archiving Old Messages     80
Summary     81
Chapter 11: Searching in Gmail     83
Conducting a Basic Search     83
Conducting an Advanced Search     84
Using Search Operators     86
Summary     88
Chapter 12: Using Gmail Filters     89
Creating a Filter     89
Filtering Messages Like an Existing Message     90
Creating a Filter from a Search     92
Managing Your Filters     93
Summary     94
Chapter 13: Working Offline     95
Installing the Gmail Offline App     95
Navigating Gmail Offline     96
Reading Messages Offline     98
Composing Messages Offline     99
Summary     100
Chapter 14: Using Gmail When You’re on Vacation     101
Enabling Gmail’s Vacation Responder     101
Forwarding Your Gmail to Another Account     103
Checking and Sending Gmail on the Road     104
Summary     104
Chapter 15: Setting Up Gmail for Other Email Accounts     105
Using Gmail to Retrieve Email from Other Accounts     105
Reading Gmail in Another Email Program     108
Configuring Gmail for POP Mail     109
Configuring Gmail for IMAP Mail     110
Configuring Your Other Email Program     111
Forwarding Your Gmail to Another Account     111
Importing Contacts and Emails from Other Accounts     112
Summary     114
Chapter 16: Customizing Gmail     115
Customizing the Gmail Interface     115
Configuring Inbox Tabs     115
Changing the Display Density     116
Applying a Theme     117
Configuring Other Gmail Settings     118
General     118
Labels     120
Inbox     120
Accounts and Import     121
Filters     121
Forwarding and POP/IMAP     121
Chat     122
Web Clips     122
Labs     122
Offline     122
Themes     122
Editing Your Profile Information     122
Changing Your Profile Picture     124
Summary     125
Chapter 17: Dealing with Spam     127
How Google Deals with Spam     127
Reporting a Message as Spam     127
Removing a Legitimate Message from Your Spam List     128
Permanently Deleting Messages from Your Spam List     129
How Google Guards Against Malware     129
Summary     130
Chapter 18: Managing Tasks with Gmail     131
Viewing Gmail’s Tasks List     131
Creating a Task     132
Completing and Deleting Tasks     134
Working with Multiple Tasks Lists     134
Emailing a Tasks List     135
Printing a Tasks List     136
Summary     136
Chapter 19: Chatting in Hangouts     137
Participating in a Text Hangout     137
Participating in a Video Hangout     139
Summary     141
Chapter 20: Using Gmail on Mobile Devices     143
Using Gmail on the Go     143
Using Gmail’s iPhone App     144
Reading Email     144
Viewing Other Email     147
Sending Email     148
Using Gmail’s iPad App     150
Reading Email     151
Viewing Other Email      152
Sending Email     152
Using Gmail’s Android App     153
Reading Email     154
Viewing Other Email     156
Sending Email     157
Summary     159
Chapter 21: Using Gmail with Google+     161
How Gmail Integrates with Google+     161
Sharing Gmail Photo Attachments on Google+     162
Viewing and Responding to Google+ Posts from Gmail     164
Messaging Between Google+ and Gmail     165
Emailing Google+ Connections     165
Reading Google+ Messages in Gmail     167
Turning Off the Gmail/Google+ Integration     168
Summary     169
Appendix A: Troubleshooting Gmail Problems     171
You’re Unable to Log In to Your Account     171
Resetting Your Password     172
Resetting Your Username     172
Someone Has Hijacked Your Account     173
Gmail Is Slow or Unresponsive     173
You’re Receiving Someone Else’s Emails     175
Someone Mistyped the Address     175
You’re Bcc’d on a Message     176
You’re Being Spammed     176
The Message Was Sent but Not Received     176
Messages Appear to Be Missing     178
You Accidentally Deleted an Important Message     179
All Messages Are Sent to the Trash     180
Legitimate Email Is Marked as Spam     180
Not All Labels Are Displayed     180
Messages Aren’t Displaying Properly     181
You Can’t Download File Attachments     181
You Can’t Send an Attachment     182
You Receive a Phishing Message     183
You Receive a Message About Cookies     184
Summary     184
Index     185

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