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Google wants you to become a Ninja!

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.

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