Using Gmail – Beginners Guide
Last Updated: January 26, 2014
Google Gmail is a free web based email offering from Google
that has changed the way we use and store email.
Gmail besides offers a free massive storage ( 15 Gigabytes) of storage which is shared between gmail, google drive and Google
plus photos- (see storage support)
Getting A Gmail Account
You can create an email account here. This email account can
also be used for accessing other Google services like Picasa, Web history etc.
Google Email Addresses
There are two email domain names in use by Google for email, they are the normal gmail.com, and the googlemail.com (UK and Europe).
Although Google users in Europe may have to register a googlemail.com address they can still use the gmail.com address as mail to the [email protected] is sent to [email protected] and vice versa.
Although Google mail is normally accessed via a web browser it
can also be accessed from mobile devices, and traditional desktop clients like Windows Live mail, Outlook etc. (using both POP3 and IMAP4 access protocols).
To access via a browser go to the Gmail Home page http://mail.google.com/ , you could also set it as your home page for faster access.
If you are using Google Chrome then go to the Apps Tab and click the Gmail icon.
If you are using a smart phone or tablet then download and install the Gmail App.
When using the web browser client you may be prompted to enable desktop notifications.
If you do then provided your web browser is open you will receive a notification when new email arrives.
You can enable/disable this under settings>General
Using Gmail Offline Without an Email Client
Even though you access Gmail via a web browser you can still use
Gmail will copy email to your computer and so you can read and reply to email off line.
When you go online the mailboxes are synchronised and email
sent. It is enabled under settings>offline, and requires gears to work.
Using Gmail to Retrieve Email from Another Mailbox-
Gmail can access other mailboxes using either the POP3 protocol
or IMAP4, and place that email in your Google Mailbox.
This means that it is possible to use Google Gmail to access
email from multiple mailboxes and/or use Gmail simply as an email client for another email account/address.
See Access and Consolidate email accounts using Gmail.
Ads in Email
Google make money from Gmail by placing context based ads in the email messages just like you see on this web page.
Although this can be seen as a massive privacy issue Google maintain that email is kept totally confidential.
From a big brother perspective it has always been possible for anyone at any of the ISPs and other nodes on the Internet to monitor email, and so in my opinion Google Ad placement is not really a concern.
If you want to keep your email confidential then you need to
However email encryption is not without its own set of problems.
Gmail On Your Mobile Phone
Gmail is very popular for mobile clients due to the fact that Google owns the Android operating system that is used on many smart phones and tablets.
Google provide Apps for IOS as well as Android.
Using Gmail Overview Video
Here is a good video Introducing Gmail..
Here is another good video that take you through the main features of the User interface
Accessing Gmail Using POP3/IMAP Clients
You can access your email using traditional desktop clients like Windows live mail as well as Apps on your smart phone and Tablet.
See- Access Gmail using Windows Live Mail–
Gmail Common Questions and Answers
Q- Is Gmail Secure ?
A- Yes the web client using SSL encryption by default.
Q- Can I create folders on Gmail to organise my email?
A- No you use labels instead and they work much the same way
Q- I’m receiving email from someone and I don’t want to receive emails from them What Can I do?
A- You can block emails from particular addresses in Settings>Filters and blocked addresses
Q- How do I see all of my archived emails?
A- The All mail label links to all of your emails including archived email?
Q- What happened to Gmail notifier?
A- Gmail Notifier No Longer Supported This link has un-install instructions. However Gmail now supports web Notifications
How to Send Email Using Gmail – Compose and send email including attachments
Read, Reply and Forward Email in Gmail-Learn how to Read, reply and forward emails using wht web browser client.
Managing and Organising Your Gmail Inbox -Get control of your inbox and learn how to use basic organisational features like labels,conversations etc
How to Consolidate Email Accounts in Gmail – Use Gmail to read email from other mailboxes.
Access Your Gmail Account using Windows Live Mail– If you prefer to use a desktop based client rather than a web browser.