10 reasons to use Gmail - included in Google Applications

GmailGmail makes email easy and efficient. And maybe even fun.

1. You don't like spam. Neither do we.

Don't waste time with junk mail and unwanted messages. Gmail blocks spam before it gets to your inbox. If an unwanted message ever finds its way through, you can fight back by reporting it and help make our spam filters even better. Learn more

Watch a video to see how we combat spam.


2. Search your mail instantly

Use Google search within Gmail to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received. You don't have to spend time sorting your email, just search for a message when you need it and we'll find it for you.


3. Organize replies into conversations

With Gmail, each message you send is grouped with all the responses you receive. This conversation view continues to grow as new replies arrive, so you can always see your messages in context.


4. Chat is built right in

With just one click, you can chat in Gmail with the people you already email. You can even reply to an email by chat. And Gmail can archive all of your chats, making them searchable, so you never lose any valuable information.


5. Labels, filters, and stars...oh my!

Gmail uses labels to help you organize with more flexibility. A conversation can have several labels, so you're not forced to choose one particular folder for messages. You can also create filters to automatically manage incoming mail. Starring messages is another way you can organize your inbox. Plus, it looks pretty.


6. Get your mail on the go

The days of needing your computer to get to your inbox are long gone. You can now use Gmail on your mobile device to access your email from anywhere.


7. Lots of space (and counting)

We're always working to increase the amount of free storage we offer in Gmail, and if you want even more, you can always purchase additional space. With all that space, you can archive instead of deleting messages, so they won't clutter your inbox but will remain searchable in case you ever need them again.


8. We have ads, but only the good kind

With Gmail, you'll never see pop-ups or untargeted banner ads. Instead we display text ads and related links you might find useful and interesting. Learn more about how seriously we protect your privacy.


9. Save time

Take advantage of Quick Contacts and Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail to get through your email even faster. And don't forget that you can quickly find messages using Gmail's search feature powered by Google search technology.


10. All this is free?

Yep.

How do I configure POP access for my email program?

Supported POP client list

Once you've enabled POP in Gmail, you can configure your mail client or wireless device to download Gmail messages. To see our recommended settings or troubleshoot POP issues, click the name of your mail client or wireless device below.

If your mail client isn't listed here, we regret that we're not yet able to provide assistance with its configuration.

Mail Clients

Wireless Devices

BlackBerry® Internet Service
iPhone

 

Courtessy ofHelp CenterHelp Center:Supported POP client list

How do I enable POP for mail collection with Google Applications?


You can retrieve your Gmail messages with a client or device that supports POP, like Microsoft Outlook or Netscape Mail.

To enable POP in Gmail:

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
  3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

  4. Gmail POP Settings

  5. Select Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.
  6. Choose the action you'd like your Gmail messages to take after they are accessed with POP.
  7. Configure your POP client* and click Save Changes.

*To learn about configuring POP access, please visit the POP client configuration list.

 

Courtesy of Help CenterHelp Center: Enabling POP

Google Search Tips

Google Resources Below are some basic tips as well as some secrets that can be used on Google to help improve your search results and find things you may have never thought of.
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  1. Group your search query to find better results. For example, if you're searching for computer help, you'll find better results if you search for an exact phrase by surrounding it in quotes: "computer help".

  2. If a lot of your results have keywords you're not search for use a minus sign. For example, if you're looking for computer help but don't want pages containing Windows type: "computer help" -windows

  3. Google supports number ranges, for example, if you're searching for computer help between the year 2000 to 2005 you can type: "Computer help" 2000..2005

  4. See the Google operators page , which lists dozens of the available operators Google allows. For example, the below search would search for URL that contains the word computer: allinurl: computer

  5. Visit the Google Features page , which lists hundreds of different examples of the type of things you can find through Google and how to find them.

  6. See our Google dictionary definition for a listing of dozens of other Google services.

source: http://www.computerhope.com
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