Tips & tricks

Take a look at the tips below to help you get started with Gmail.

Have a look at the categories in your inbox

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

Find out 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.

Find out 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 by right clicking to do things such as move, archive, mute, filter or open in a new window.

Learn more about right-click buttons.

Organise your emails using 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.

Find out more about labels.

Open and 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 have extra time to look at an email before it is delivered.

Find out more about sending and unsending emails.

Automatically manage incoming emails

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

Find out more about creating rules to filter your emails.

Start a video call

When you add someone to your Hangouts 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.

Find out 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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