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Manage your TODO with GMail

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I wonder, what was the life before GMail. Gmail was already awesome and day by day it’s getting really great. Today, I am going to write simple tips which will help you to turn your GMail into your TODO Task Manager. Actually, there are 2 ways that i find great and I am going to explain you both.

  1. This tip is going to use 2 GMail Lab (quicklinks and superstars) and ofcourse the google’s legendary search capability. First of all, enable both of these labs by going to your lab settings and selecting Enable against each of the lab. Now, make a decision about any of your favorite superstar for your todo list. I selected red-bang (don’t forget to read their names by hovering your mouse on each superstar in your mail settings > general tab).
    red-bang

    red-bang

    Now, we need to create a quickview so that it may sort out TODO for us. Type this string in GMail search box is:unread AND has:red-bang and add it to quickview and name it TODO. Now all you have to do is to mark all your TODO items with this red-bang star by click on star icon against emails and whenever you want to view your TODO, just click on the TODO linkview from your quickview.

  2. In second method, we are going to use GMail freedom of email aliases. May be you people know that in GMail youremail@gmail.com is same as youremail+anytag@gmail.com. So what we are going to do is to create a filter on TO field i.e; apply label TODO to all those emails whose TO field is youremail+todo@gmail.com. Now, whenever an email has been sent to youremail+todo@gmail.com it’ll be automatically added to your TODO label list.

The benefit of method 2 over method 1 is that you can ask your friends to email at youremail+todo@gmail.com whenever there is something pending on you and GMail will manage it as your TODO list in your inbox.

Written by ..alee

September 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

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GMail Labs – Tips & Review

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Mail is setting the standards of new web mail. The light look, simple design and fast retreival has made other mail boxes to re-design their architecure, look and feel. Now, GMail has added new functionality to it; GMail Labs. The little widgets has added to the functionality of GMail making it even better but right now I am going to write “things that are missing” in these labs.

Quick Links

One of the coolest widget giving the opportunity to add “custom views”. It’s use is simple. Open the view of your choice. Like make a search as label:<your lable> + “any string available for search”. This will result in a mailbox view filtered on specific criteria you mentioned and now you can add the quick link for this specific view. Everytime onward, whenever you click on this quick link you’ll have this view; i.e search reasult based on the query your wrote.

Unread Andriod Quick Link

From the above example, I am creating a quick view based on the following search string label:android is:unread This will result in mailbox view and list all the mails which has label “andriod” and are “unread”.

Thing Missing:

For the users who are having lots of Labels. Its cumbersome to scroll down to the bottom of the page to click on some quick link. It’d be great if GMail Team adds some drag-drop functionality for the panels at the left side.

Written by ..alee

June 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

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