Tips & Tricks

Check out the tips below to help you get started with Gmail.

Check out the categories in your inbox

Your emails are automatically organized into tabs. For example, an email about a sale from a shopping site can be found in the "Promotions" tab.

Learn more about inbox categories.

Choose a theme for your inbox

You can choose an image for your inbox background. To get started, click Settings Settings and then Themes.

Learn more about inbox themes.

Find your emails

Use the Search box to quickly find your emails. To filter your results, inside the Search box, click Show search options Show search options.

Learn more about search in Gmail

Manage emails before you open them

You can quickly manage emails using right-click to do things like move, archive, mute, filter, or open in a new window.

Learn more about right-click buttons.

Organize your emails with labels

Labels are like folders, but you can add more than one label to a message. To add a label to an email, select the email, then click Labels Label. The label will be shown next to the email.

Learn more about labels.

Open & download attachments

You'll see a preview of attachments sent to you at the bottom of your email. Click the preview to see the attachment, download it, print it, and more.

Learn more about opening & downloading attachments.

Prevent horizontal scrollbars

If you have to scroll across your screen to read an email, then it might include an image that's too wide, hidden, or part of a logo or chart. Check your signature settings to make sure it's not your logo.

Undo sending a message

Turn on Undo Send to get extra time to look at an email before it gets delivered.

Learn more about sending & unsending emails.

Automatically manage incoming emails

Filters can do things like automatically label, archive, delete, star, and forward your incoming emails.

Learn more about creating rules to filter your emails.

Start a video call

When you add someone to your Google Chat list, you can start a video call with them from your inbox by hovering over their name and clicking Start video call Start video call.

Learn more about video calls.

Check emails from all your accounts

If you use multiple accounts, you can check all your emails in Gmail. You can also send messages from an address that isn't your Gmail address.

Learn more about adding multiple accounts to Gmail.

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