With most employees working from home due to the coronavirus lockdown, Google has shared a few Gmail tips to make your life easier. As Google celebrates 16 years of Gmail, it tweeted, “#16yearsofGmail or 16 days of WFH – we don’t know which feels longer. Stay on top of your to-dos, with these helpful tips #WFH #Gmail”.
Google has added several new features to Gmail recently to make the interface more intuitive and to help people be more productive while working from home, it reminded users of four new features that may help.
The first feature is the ability to “Snooze emails”. You can simply opt to snooze emails when you’re not ready to reply to them just yet, it said.
Google also highlighted ‘Smart Compose’. Smart Compose is an advanced version of suggestive text responses and offers you suggestions to complete the sentences while you are typing an email.
Another useful feature is the ‘Vacation responder’ feature. “It is helpful to let people know when you’ve stepped away from your inbox,” Google India tweeted.
If you are coordinating with team members in different time zones, the Schedule Send feature can come handy. This feature will ensure that you don;t interrupt someone’s sleep while you are working in another time zone.
You can also increase the email recall time. It can be very useful in situations when you’ve sent a mail that you were in the process of drafting, or wasn’t really sure that you had to send, mistakenly. Increasing the undo time up to 30 seconds gives you that some time to click on ‘Undo’ send and get the mail back inside your Inbox. This option can be seen in the ‘Settings’ tab inside Gmail.
Not to forget, there’s an option to send self-destructing emails too. This feature lets you send an email and set a timer to it. The timer, although not visible, turns on the moment it is opened by the receiver. After the given time he/she won’t be able to access that mail. This option can be found as a ‘lock’ icon at the bottom while composing a mail.