Gmail options for users

The Email settings' General tab lets you configure a number of options that affect how users experience Gmail. This article provides an overview of those options.

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Name format The Name format option lets you specify how names are displayed in the Email interface, for example in the Inbox and during auto-complete. Learn more
Offline Gmail Offline Gmail lets your users have access to the entire Gmail interface without having a connection to the Internet. Learn more
Gmail labs Gmail Labs gives your users access to experimental new features in Gmail that they can enable or disable as they like. As these are experiments, they can change, break, or disappear at any time. Learn more
Outlook support Use Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook to enable Microsoft Outlook as a client for Gmail. If you have users who need to continue with the Outlook client, Google Apps sync lets those users migrate messages, contacts, and calendar events from an Exchange Server or from PST files to Google Apps, and then continue to use the Outlook client to send messages, work with contacts, and create calendar events. Learn more
BlackBerry support Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server lets your users employ their BlackBerry devices to access their Google Apps email, calendar, and contacts. Learn more
POP and IMAP access If POP and IMAP access is enabled, your users can employ POP and IMAP clients to download Gmail from the Google servers to their computers. If you disable access, then they can access Gmail only from the web. When you enable access, users see the POP Download and IMAP Access options in their Gmail settings, and can configure these as they like. When you disable access, users do not see the POP and IMAP options in their Gmail settings. If you disable access after it was previously enabled, users who employed POP or IMAP clients no longer have access to Gmail via those clients.

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Mail delegation If you enable this option, your users can grant one another access to their Gmail accounts. That access permits specified users to read messages in that account, and to send messages on behalf of that account. Delegation is useful when someone has to provide access to an assistant, or to provide access while away on vacation. Learn more