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How To Turn Gmail Into Your Central Productivity Hub

Gmail is so much more than an email service. It can serve as your to-do list, your notes board, your reminders and your list maker. For the last few months, I’ve weaned off using to-do list managers, note-taking applications and other services normally associated with productivity. Instead, I’ve relied on my Gmail tab as a single productivity hub. Here’s how I’m making it work.


Use Evernote's Web Clipper To Save Entire Gmail Threads

Evernote’s Web Clipper extension is great for saving anything you want from the web. As Finer Things in Tech points out, it can also save entire message threads from Gmail.


How Gmail Is Fighting The Unicode Homoglpyhs

Adding support for non-Latin character sets makes Gmail a more useful service, but it also creates a new means for spammers to try and invade your inbox by using homoglyphs — characters that might be mistaken for standard letters.


Find The Real Number Of Email Messages In Your Gmail Account

Gmail doesn’t display a true message count by default, because Gmail uses the conversation view. Turn the conversation view off to see the real number of individual messages in your Gmail account


Use Canned Responses To Create Multiple Email Signatures In Gmail

One of the downsides to a default email signature is that you have to manually change it each time. Give yourself a little more flexibility with canned responses instead.


Compose Emails And Search Your Gmail Inbox From Chrome's Address Bar

Chrome’s omnibar can be used for more than just searching and typing URLs. If you use Gmail, you can use the address bar to search your emails and compose new messages.


Notes For Gmail Gives You A Scratchpad For Emails And Threads

Chrome: Notes for Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you add a note to a message as a reminder for the next time you look at it, or add a digest of everything important from a whole email thread. Think of it as sticky notes for your email.


Streak For Gmail Adds An Email 'Snooze' Button To Keep Your Inbox Tidy

Chrome/Safari: If most of your work comes in through your email inbox, Streak’s new email “snooze” feature lets you archive messages you need to get back to for a specific period of time. This allows you to focus on other things in the interim.


BlockSender Bounces Email Back To The Sender

Chrome: Gmail does an excellent job of blocking spam, but sometimes you want to go the extra mile and prevent some mail from ever reaching your account. BlockSender is a Chrome Extension for Gmail that can trick the sender into thinking your email address is incorrect.


MailTrack Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Email Message

Chrome: Corporate email systems often have ways of telling you if an email is read. For users of Gmail in Chrome, MailTrack creates easy read receipts. MailTrack, like other read receipt extensions, puts a tiny image in the outgoing email that displays when a recipient opens the email.