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Twelve or more things I still want in Gmail

© January 2008 Anthony Lawrence

I wrote about this way back in February of 2006, and Google has added some of the things I wanted (like 'Undo"), but Gmail still lacks some things I think are important, so I'll bring it up yet again. Feel free to add anything on your wish list..

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Mon Jan 21 17:19:41 2008: 3505   rbailin

Two items on my wish list:

1. Forward email as an attachment. A feature in Outlook, OE and most other email readers forever. Sometimes you need to provide an exact copy of what you received.

2. Resend a message from Sent Mail. Sometimes your email gets lost in the ether. Why bother to have to cut & paste the original?

3. Lose the confirmation dialog when emptying the Spam folder. I'm 99.999% sure when I hit it, I really mean to do it.


Mon Jan 21 21:22:20 2008: 3506   TonyLawrence

Good ones, Bob: I'll second the nominations

Thu Jan 24 14:46:48 2008: 3517   JohnPalkovic

Labels within labels? You can already put multiple labels on a message, and searching for "label:foo label:bar" returns meaningful results. What more do you want?

Thu Jan 24 15:07:07 2008: 3519   JohnPalkovic

Mailing lists can be had with gmail. One registers a domain, and then signs up for the free version of google apps. It's just a few dns entries. Of course, there is the question of your massive archive of old mail at mail.google.com. The messages can be moved to the new account by simply adding the old gmail account in the new account settings, accessed via POP.

Thu Jan 24 15:22:12 2008: 3520   TonyLawrence

Multiple labels aren't sub labels.

They could be if you could easily drill down.. you can do that to some extent by searching within a particular label, but I'd like to just drill in: selecing one lable shows you the other labels those posts have, drill into the one you want..

Thu Jan 24 22:14:04 2008: 3523   JohnPalkovic

> Get those never used "chat" people the heck out of my side bar.

Easy. Visit their contact, e.g. by hovering your mouse over the list entry and choosing "More -> contact details", then set "show in chat list" to "Never." Then visit the Chat tab in settings and select "Only allow people that I've explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I'm online."

Thu Jan 24 22:27:44 2008: 3524   TonyLawrence

Nope, that doesn't do it for me..

Thu Jan 24 22:54:44 2008: 3525   JohnPalkovic

> Nope, that doesn't do it for me..

What browser/platform? I'm using Firefox and safari 3 on a mac running leopard.

It works in IE 6 on an XP pro system (just checked).

I can get to "never show" with all 3 browsers by simply hovering the mouse over an entry in the chat list on the sidebar of gmail and clicking in the popup that appears. It's also available in the Contacts listing within gmail. This behavior is documented in the online help for gmail.

Fri Jan 25 03:19:37 2008: 3528   TonyLawrence

I don't mean that it doesn't work, sorry: I mean it doesn't work for me: not what I want.. I want it to only show people I have had recent contact with as I said above.

Sun Nov 1 01:37:34 2009: 7402   Peter

I like to keep "sent mail" synchronized at several different accounts. For that I need a way to automatically BCC a certain address for every email. Rules exist in gmail for incoming mail, but nothing for outgoing mail. This would be *so* helpful...

Sun Nov 1 01:42:22 2009: 7403   TonyLawrence

Good idea, yes. I like it! I also like the new "Canned Response" tool.


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