How to undo sent mail and other Gmail hacks to make your life easier

  • Abhinav Verma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2016 09:31 IST
Become a Gmail expert with these five easy hacks, which will ensure your mail is never full of clutter again.

There are few things as irritating as opening your email to find your inbox cluttered every morning when you reach your workplace.You scroll up and down, wondering how much time it’s going to take to reply to all the mails and organise your inbox. So we have prepared a list of Gmail hacks that will make you a Gmail expert and make your life super easy and organised.

On the right hand side of your inbox, you can see the options for settings.

1. Lazy man’s reply

Sometimes the content of our mail remains the same and it’s cumbersome to type the same message repeatedly. To save time, you can opt for the canned response feature in your Gmail.This feature allows you to create a response that can be used repeatedly without having to type it. Click on settings options in your mailbox. There you’ll find various options to select. Opt for the lab option and then scroll down where you’ll find canned response. Click on enable. When you’re composing a mail, click on more option and select canned response. Once you select it, your mail will be saved as a canned response.

Enable the canned response option on your mail.

2. Customised mail Id

Most of us have multiple email Ids for work and personal uses. Rather than logging on to different accounts and wasting time, you can create multiple accounts within Gmail itself and save time. Go to settings and select the option of adding another email address. Click on it to create the customised ID you want. While composing a mail, choose the preferred mail Id from ‘From’ line.

Click on add another email address you own to create another email ID within Gmail.

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3. Get it back option

Once in a while, all of us accidentally send a mail which we don’t want to. Lucky for us, Gmail has the option of undo, which helps you to cancel and bring back the mail you’ve sent by mistake. Go to settings and select the general option, scroll below and you will notice the undo button. Enable undo option and keep the cancellation period up to 30 seconds. It means you have 30-second period to cancel the mail once you hit send option. The undo option will appear right after you send a mail.

Enable Undo send and keep the cancellation up to 30 seconds

After sending a mail, you will receive a notification that you have sent your mail and the option of undo mail.

4. Get super organised

If you like to keep your inbox organised, create separate folders to segregate the mails. Go to setting, select label option and scroll down to find the option of create a new label. Click on it and create your own personal folder to organise your mail. You can see your personal folder on the left hand side below the compose mail tab.

Click on create a new label to have your own personal folder.

Below compose mail you can see the option for your own personal folder

5. Star mark your mails - Some of the mails you receive are of high priority and therefore you don’t want them to get lost in your inbox. Use the star option to mark your mails to stand out. Go to settings and then go to general option, scroll down to star tab and enable all stars.Then in your inbox double click on the star box to mark your mail. If you need clarity on your mail, you can also use the question mark star option.

Drag all the stars to in use to enable

Double click on the box next to your mail to star mark your mails

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