Posts tagged Improvements
Dealing with label overload

Posted by Stanley Chen, Software EngineerMany Gmail power users have elaborate label systems to help organize their mail -- some help file and retrieve mail, others help manage their attention. We created the “Hide read labels” and “Hide Labels ...

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Two improvements to contact groups

Posted by Will Scott, Software EngineerOrganizing your Gmail contacts into groups can save you time when you’re writing messages to multiple people at once. For example, if you create a “Family” group, instead of addressing an email to your mom, ...

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A Priority Inbox update: time savings, new features, and your feedback

Posted by Pal Takacsi-Nagy, Engineering ManagerIt's been a couple of months since we first launched Priority Inbox. Since then, we’ve heard from a number of you who’ve found it helpful in combating information overload, and we’ve seen evidence of...

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Gmail in mobile Safari: now even more like a native app

Posted by Brett Lider, User Experience Designer(Cross-posted from the Mobile blog)Go to gmail.com from your iPhone and you’ll notice two improvements we’ve rolled out over the past few weeks. First, scrolling is snappier: the speed of scrolling ref...

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Trimming our privacy policies

Posted by Mike Yang, Associate General Counsel(Cross-posted from the Google Blog)Long, complicated and lawyerly—that's what most people think about privacy policies, and for good reason. Even taking into account that they’re legal documents, most p...

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New in Labs: Find docs and sites quickly with Apps Search

Posted by Bram Moolenaar, Software EngineerWhere is that presentation? Was it attached to an email? Or in Google Docs? If you’re not sure, you may end up searching several places with the same query in order to find it. With the new “Apps Search”...

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Updates to Contacts and a (slightly) new look for Gmail

Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product ManagerWe're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience. You’ve asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as f...

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Confirm your Buzz settings

Posted by Todd Jackson, Product ManagerShortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn't get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience. We made a number of changes to the getting started experience b...

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5 Buzz tips

Posted by John Costigan, Software Engineer

Now that people have been playing with Google Buzz in Gmail for a week and we've rolled out the improvements we announced here over the weekend, we wanted to let you know about some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Buzz. Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Format your posts. When posting in Buzz, you can format text just as you can in Gmail chat: *bold*, _italics_, or -strikethrough- all work.

2. View a summary of your own Buzz activity at www.google.com/dashboard. The Google Dashboard provides a private, consolidated summary of the data associated with your Google account, as well as direct links to control your personal settings. As of today, Buzz has its own section on the Dashboard, so you can see how many people you're following, how many people are following you, and information about your recent posts, comments, and likes. You can also access your Buzz settings right there on the page.


3. Use an @reply to send a post directly to someone's inbox. If you want to make sure one of your friends sees a certain Buzz post, you can direct it to their inbox with an @reply. Type the "@" symbol followed by the first few letters of their name, and select their email address from the list. Only you'll see their Gmail address — other people will just see their name.

4. Try keyboard shortcuts to fly through buzz. Turn on keyboard shortcuts from Settings, and use "j" or "n" to scroll down the buzz tab, "k" or "p" to go back up, "r" to comment (same shortcut as reply in Gmail), and "shift + l" to like.

5. Mute posts so they don't get sent to your inbox. Comments on your posts and comments after your comments send buzz directly to your inbox. If you don't want a lively conversation to keep appearing in your inbox as people reply to it, you can mute it. Click the arrow in the corner of a buzz post and select "Mute this post."


If you have keyboard shortcuts turned on, you can also mute buzz that appears in your inbox by hitting the "m" key while you're reading it.

Check out our Help Center for more tips and answers to your common questions, and stay tuned for more here as well.

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Millions of Buzz users, and improvements based on your feedback

Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google BuzzIt's been just two days since we first launched Google Buzz. Since then, tens of millions of people have checked Buzz out, creating over 9 million posts and comments. Plus, we're seeing over...

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Offline Gmail graduates from Labs

Posted by Aaron Whyte, Software EngineerAlmost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs. By installing Offline Gmail, you're able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there's no internet c...

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