Well, it may not be as exciting to other people as it is to me, but I stumbled upon a cool resource from Google about Gmail.
Google has compiled a list of tips that can help you be more productive and make the most of the Gmail web interface. Starting with the simpler tips (choosing a theme, using “stars” to mark emails) and ranging up to the more complicated functions (sending SMS messages, using Gmail as a default mail client), the tips are organized into four groups:
- White belt
- Green Belt
- Black belt
- Gmail Master
The groups of tips are organized appropriately based on your usage of Gmail. If you only receive a few emails a day, try starting with the White belt tips. If you get dozens of messages per day, the black belt tips will likely apply to you.
Any time saved is appreciated.
Personally, I started with the simpler White belt tips to see how many I was using and whether or not I needed to use the others. Turns out that I have a handle on most of the White belt and Green belt tips. But I did find some cool keyboard shortcuts in the Black belt section that may reduce my habit of typing then going back to my mouse…then back to typing.
It’s worth a few minutes to look through the Gmail tips whether or not you use Gmail a ton. As a pioneer in webmail interface design, you’re likely to see similar features in other webmail services like Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL.