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Email is great for communicating with other people, but it's also useful for communicating with your future self. Today's #GmailTip is the next time you need to quickly jot down that thought, try emailing yourself. You can star, label and search for those messages when you need them. (Of course, for longer projects, check out +Google Docs/Drive).
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If you could schedule future mail sending times it would be handy too. 
 
Handy tip. I use a slightly different version of mailing to self. I use Gmail's disposable email address to mail to self. So, whenever I need to make a note, I send an email to MyGmailId+note@gmail.com. Have created a filter to label these items. So, all notes/reminders that I care for are under the same label.
 
The mobile Gmail on my andriod 2.3.7 no longer does push email.  I had to load it into my main email account.  Sad, the mobile was much better before.
 
podrían crear un lab que sea para confirmación de que un email llego a abrirce
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I do this all the time, but I forget to go back. Perhaps I should start boomeranging my own emails to self. hmmm
 
I did this until I got a Galaxy Note. Just taking things down is easier now.
 
Any chance of gmail introducing a email read function so when i send my clients email reminders about outstanding invoices i can tell weather they have seen it when i ring them
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Gmail is great, but the new mail default on windows8 is very nice, like Icloud for Ipad. Fast and clean without adversiting. Skydrive is also a good contest. Drive and G+ photo are not the best. Picasaweb was a little more professional.
 
You can use Google Calendar for that, also. Even send yourself a SMS when you have an appointment.
 
I used to use gmail on my phone so much when I was commuting. Far more reliable than any of the apps for Android. Sometimes I'd write a whole article on the train and mail to myself to publish when I got home.
 
Is there a way to import messages I've sent to myself into Google Drive?
 
I use Android's voice search and the "note to self" feature a LOT for this kind of thing.  Just start voice search and say "note to self" followed by what you want to remind yourself, and it sends an email to yourself automatically.
 
How about Outlook send later function? Why has gmail not got that feature?
 
+Jay Westerdal check out Boomerang, an extension available for Gmail on the Chrome Store. Does exactly that! (Although it would be nice to have it built in)
 
Seen it. I want native. I spoke to a gmail engineer a few years ago, a project exists in labs but it has remained open for years. I wonder if someone is holding it back in the corporate headquarters for fear of abuse.
 
+Jay Westerdal Well yeah, native would be nicer. But it isn't like you are deprived of the tool while using Gmail, it works just fine for me.
 
I add "Note to Self" in the subject field then have the email directed to a folder. This works when I make a voice note on my Android. Hold the magnifying glass and say "Note to self". Works great.
 
I email myself all the time for work
 
Future or scheduled sending of emails:  For those requesting this, could this not be done with Calendar?
 
Adding self notes to mail would be productive and cool..
 
If you can set a timing sending option, then I will send myself an email as reminder.
 
Anytime I need to jot something down really quick, or make sure I don't lose my clipboard, I just save a draft. Don't even bother addressing and sending to myself.
 
Tell me how to send emails to my past self, and I'll really be impressed. Not to mention a whole lot more successful. Unless you start factoring in all of the time paradoxes.
 
+Andy Greiff There's a lab feature in Gmail allowing you to do such a thing. I use it quite often :)
 
Saving an email with no address as a draft works well too especially since you can edit them
 
Unfortunately GMail no longer knows "me" for an address, I have to actually enter my own email address.
 
I do this all the time. As much as I try, and I can't do reminder apps. Because I'm in my inbox so much, I send reminders as emails and don't mark them as read until I deal with them.
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+Sylvain Nuges What is tha labfeature called? 
 
+Benny Jansson It's called "Create a document". Once activated, you can find the option with the "More" button/menu. Works both for single mail and conversations.
 
"Me" means that you sent it to yourself and it will appear after you have sent the e-mail to your own address
 
I've created a separate email which is just like my trash bin for thoughts, pics, everything. Effective.
 
I did the same thing but with Docs/Drive. I have a file where I put all my thoughts, ideas, etc.
 
I text myself. (Is that weird? I don't always respond) I text links, pics, shopping items, topics, etc.
 
For me personally Google Tasks are not convenient. Perhaps Google should work on them to make them more user-friendly and looking nicer. Nevertheless, every way that suitsone's needs is the best for them :)
 
Google should look at Sandglaz. There task stuff is done right. Or close anyway. 
 
I always mail myself. I've been ridiculed, but I feel much better now!
 
"Don't forget: pay rent!" wouldn't be necessary if Tasks wasn't so poorly implemented.
 
It would be so much better if Google just improved its task function.
 
Good idea. I do it sometimes as well. But considering the daily amount of emails received I rather would like to see a more usable version of Google Task.
 
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one frustrated with a lack of focus on tasks. I use Microsoft's ecosystem (Office 365 for mail and web apps, Skydrive for cloud storage, plust Outlook and Office); but have many times considered a switch. Besides my love of MS Office, easily the biggest factor for me has been a lack of good native task handling. I rely very, very heavily on them.
 
I just started using VitaList, but wish Google would add an app like this. So convenient, so necessary. Pretty please?
 
I suppose calendar is more the things for reminder type stuff?
 
Calendar is good for appointments. Appointments are timed tasks. "Lunch between noon and 13:00" is an appointment. "Work between 09:00 and 17:00" is an appointment.

Tasks, on the other hand, are things like "mail off package." "Finish report." "Pick up groceries." You don't want to set an exact time, because you're not sure when you can get to them, but you need to do them, and you need something to help you remember (especially if you've got a few dozen of them). Or in the case of things like finishing a report, it might be something that will take a few days. You won't want a three-day long appointment clogging up your calendar; particularly since you're not going to be working on it 24 hours a day.

With Outlook & Exchange, I can create tasks which remind me to do things and help me keep track of my progress & jot down notes. Google actually has a tasks option, it's just really, really weak. It's pretty much an after-thought function in Google calendar. It doesn't even have it's own native Android App. I had to buy touchdown and use Microsoft Exchange & Outlook.
 
And you can roll over your Appointments if they don't get done, just move 'em to the next day. Add www.Rapportive.com to Gmail, its free and you have so much power/info in one single inbound email its scary. 
 
Honestly emailing ourselves seems like an antiquated practice that is more of a band aid. I wish drive and Gmail were integrated into a single interface with universal search.
 
+John Dubock I don't want my calendar filled up with a dozen simultaneous, over-lapping appointments every day just to get proper task functionality. That's not a solution, that's a piecemeal workaround. That's an elaborate treatment for the symptom while ignoring the sickness.
 
I already do this and it is such a great idea :)
 
Tasks = turninga right at an intersection.

This = coming to said intersection, driving down the street to the next intersection, then taking three left turns
 
Thanks for the tip, but how about a native version of scratchpad for Android? And when will you deliver on your promise for a better Google Tasks which you made over a year ago?
 
Scratchpad for android would be a great addition
 
I have been emailing things to myself for a long time. It's very useful! 
 
Great way to do quick backups of important files. Add a filter and automatically archive the backups under a specific label. Very useful!
 
Still, I save such communication in Drafts. And using Tasks. But I did't fins a way that Tasks deadline upon approaching would be emailed to me like other Calendar deadlines.
 
I mange my yahoo and hotmail a/c thru pop option in gmail so I send an email to my yahoo id Its back to label in gmail.,.,. All email and notes solution in one place now...ThanX Gmail
 
+Matthew Young I do (SugarSync and Google Drive for my part), but it doesn't really give me the opportunity to save hundreds of versions of the same file. At least not without constantly renaming and copying it. Needed it when I worked on my master thesis.
 
You can't always access Drive from your phone, I have a blackberry for instance. With gmail, I can search my mail, and find the documents I need. I have sent my drivers licence, ID book etc to my mail. If I need to forward it in a hurry, I can do so very easily from my phone by including certain keywords. I have the IMEI number, passwords, etc etc. 
 
PLEASE BRING BACK GESTURES TO GMAIL. (SURE NOW WE CAN USE A CHROME PLUG IN... IF YOU ARE OK WITH SHARING ALL YOUR EMAIL DATA WITH AN UNKNOW DEVELOPPER). IT WAS SAVING SO MUCH TIME! I HATE BROWSING EMAIL AGAIN. IT'S COMPARABLE TO SWITCHING BACK FROM A TOUCH PHONE LIKE ANDROID GALAXY NEXUS TO A FEATURE PHONE WITH 9 KEYS AND TRYING TO CALL THIS A SMARTPHONE...
 
For scheduling emails: try 'boomerang' for chrome. Works quite good.
 
+Matthew Young Or perhaps, you were trying to teach me Netiquette? And Gestures cannot be renabled?

You know you get tired of listening to Google talking about how it saves you milliseconds with Google Instant and then disables a feature like Gestures for Gmail. Gestures saved me 5000% more time than Google Instant... While Google Instant raises causes lots of issues (like when attaching race, class or gender with people's name...) and blurring the line wetween suggestions (to ease of input) and prediction (becoming an advocate for certain results over other results even before query is even formed). Gmail gesture raised no issue and was convenient.
 
+Fabrice Lorenceau LOL. My link wasn't broken. The point is that posting in all caps is rude, obnoxious, disrespectful n00b behavior that that anyone who's been on the internet for more than five minutes should know better than to do; and that goes double if you're actually asking for something. It's netiquette 101. I participate in a number of technical help forums, and I have a rule that no one gets a single word of technical advice until they ask for it like a civilized human being. Instead, I tell them that the solution to their problem is on the other side of my link, which actually points an article on basic Netiquette, which says in the opening paragraph

For those of you who have been linked here, welcome! Chances are, you have been directed here for one of two reasons:

1. You don’t spend a lot of time on the internet, and are not aware of some of the generally accepted principles and manners that exist online. That’s alright. We all start somewhere.

2. You were being really obnoxious and were told to read this. If this is the case, I strongly suggest you read it in its entirety, as chances are you are skating on thin ice right now, and will find that your future on line will be a lot more pleasant if you follow these guidelines.

Pretty much spells it out. Think of it as a more constructive version of the Rick Roll. No one wants to help people who refuse to show them a little basic respect.

As for gestures, if you want gestures, email them about it or post it on a suggestion forum. Don't hijack a discussion thread that has absolutely nothing to do with it.
 
+phillippa bredell  I have a blackberry for instance

Woo; my condolences. Yea, for you piecemeal workaround is probably the best you can hope for. 

That being said; this is still ridiculously unintuitive. Why not just use a third party app that works with cloud services? I found this one: http://goo.gl/zPgud that works with Skydrive fairly quickly; there's probably plenty of others.
 
+Matthew Young I have a tablet too, but like to have a light easy phone I can carry around and be in contact with my friends via BBM, and I dont have to worry about it getting scratched up. I dont want to install any extra apps, as you know BB is not great for memory. So for me this emailing myself thing works great!

Thanks for the link. :)
 
+Matthew Young  I am pissed off at Google. They keep retiring products that have just been released. Copying competitors (look at their Google+ newfeed, Google Drive, Android...) and killing innovation. OK so they are playing catch up in those area... but what pains me is to see that this is paid at the expense of their own innovation... such as when they retire Gmail Gestures. A huge time saver, which they didn't need to retire.

And often, although not always they don't give a damn. Even when you do nicely report some issues.

So I am pissed. And you know what I purposefully WROTE IN ALL CAPS DESPITE NETIQUETTE! So if you've heard: don't feed the troll, n00b.

But I have otherways to get back at Google: at the wallet. I've been an advocate for Google products for years.

Google often said they wanted to be different that Microsoft in their ethique... Well, they're really loosing their way.
 
+Fabrice Lorenceau _They keep retiring products that have just been released._

Gestures was not popular. I'm sorry you were into it, but you were part of the minority on this one.

Copying competitors (look at their Google+ newfeed, Google Drive, Android

That's like saying the rest of the world copies America because they make cars that aren't Fords.

So I am pissed. And you know what I purposefully WROTE IN ALL CAPS DESPITE NETIQUETTE! So if you've heard: don't feed the troll, n00b.

Then you wasted your time. Screaming a request at the top of your lungs to someone who owes you nothing will at best get you nowhere and at worst piss off everyone around you in the process.



None of this is really relevant, though, as this is not a conversation about having anything to do with gestures. Stop hijacking the damn thread and go post your complaints somewhere more appropriate.
 
+Matthew Young
Gesture: not popular? Define "popular"? Thousands of people complain when it was removed. I am sure that 90% of people don't use Labs anyway... It's certainly missed by many thousands of people. And unlike Google Instant that lots of people complained about (goo.gl/bZbPB) I don't think it was crucial for Google to keep or remove this feature.

"Ford" didn't invent the car. So I am not going to dwell in your silly comments.

For all your Netiquette, there  are right I think are more important: Free Specch and the right to protest. If I am an angry customer, I am allowed to voice my concern. EVEN IN CAPS.

Caus eyou may think that this thread is soooo important: 'Yeah you can email yourself with Gmail' Thanks Google, we never thought of that in the first place!!! So I am supposed to shut up cause Google thinks of the majority of us a iditos!
 
Me define popular? bah. Let's leave that up to Merriam-Webster, shall we?

popular :

1. of or relating to the general public
2. suitable to the majority

Gestures was not popular.

Ford didn't invent the car. So I am not going to dwell in your silly comments

For all your Netiquette, there  are right I think are more important: Free Specch and the right to protest. .

:::Facepalm:::

Free speech protects you from *government* censorship. It doesn't guarantee you the right to be obnoxious on private property.

If you want to protest, do it somewhere more  appropriate. Hell, do it somewhere more effective. Screaming in all caps about something that has nothing to do with the post will get you nowhere.

If I am an angry customer, I am allowed to voice my concern.

Yea, I'm sure they'll get right no returning all that money you gave them for the entirely finished product they discontinued.

EVEN IN CAPS.

No. Being upset that Google discontinued an unpopular beta add-on doesn't give you the right to jump into threads that have nothing whatsoever to do with said product and start screaming in caps. It wastes everyone's time, it gets you nowhere, it is simply inappropriate. 
 
+Matthew Young Well, labs cannot be popular since I've pretty much never met met anyone who even knew that Labs existed in Gmail. It's kind of like saying "Creating labels" with Microsoft word is not popular so we're going to retire it. And by the way within weeks someone released a Chrome Apps to allow Gesture in Gmail. The only issue is that you have to allwo it to access all your data for it to work. Security issue: yes?

But per your definition of popular, Google could retire Google Plus.

Gesture and Touch is not popular? I'd argue that touch is what has changed the phone and PC business in the past few years. Simple UX improvement which the iPhone nailed made it a success... even thought these technologies existed in the past.

And guest what is the hot tech video trending this month, another touch interface: http://youtu.be/_d6KuiuteIA

But I'd also argue that not all features need to be useful to everyone. if they are a huge time saver for a few that good enough. "conversation" was not very popular for many people at first. I've know lots of people asking how they could disable it. Right or wrong... Google stood by it... but also finally acknowledged that perhaps they should offer to disable it. Same with preview pane which they 'borrowed' from Outlook.

Shortcuts in Gmail are nto quite good enough because you can't disable the ones you don't need and they are not using a CMD or CTRL key to prevent mishaps.

I'll stand by it: Gmail Gestures were awesome. Browsing my Gmail inbox is now dull and sluggish.
 
+Matthew Young By the way writing in CAPS is not prohibited by Google+ in any way. When Google wants to prohibit this - as in Google Adwords- they have no problem doing it. So stop trying to be king of the castle of this thread...
 
Well, labs cannot be popular since I've pretty much never met met anyone who even knew that Labs existed in Gmail

They did retire Google labs. Almost a year ago.

It's kind of like saying "Creating labels" with Microsoft word is not popular so we're going to retire it

Except that it is popular. People use it commonly with label makers.

 It's kind of like saying "Creating labels" with Microsoft word is not popular so we're going to retire it

And by the way within weeks someone released a Chrome Apps to allow Gesture in Gmail

People release Chrome Apps to do all sorts of things. That doesn't mean their functionality is popular enough to warrant Google investing in them.

_But per your definition of popular, Google could retire Google Plus)

First of all, that's not "my" definition. That's the definition. That's what the word means. This is not subjective, this is not an opinion, this is fact. I copy and pasted from merriam-webster's English dictionary.

Secondly, Google Plus is quite popular.

Gesture and Touch is not popular? I'd argue that touch is what has changed the phone and PC business in the past few years

First of all, I never said touch. I said gestures. Secondly, yes, touch has changed the mobile device in the past few years, but that's largely because carrying a full keyboard and mouse around is awkward for little phone screen; so people want the best equivalent to point and click. Sit someone down in front of a desktop with a keyboard, mouse and touch screen, people are going to go to the mouse. Simulating touch-screen actions which are themselves there to simulate mouse actions simply does not hold broad appeal. 

And guest what is the hot tech video trending this month, another touch interface

That's not a touch interface. That's a motion sensing interface. You don't actually touch anything. That's the whole point.

But I'd also argue that not all features need to be useful to everyone

No they don't. But if people aren't using them, there's no reason to sink more time and money into R&D for them. And without further R&D, a product in beta is going to get dropped.

if they are a huge time saver for a few that good enough

Not when you're trying to run a business.

conversation" was not very popular for many people at first

Bull crap. Citation needed.

I've know lots of people asking how they could disable it.

Apparently not enough people.

I'll stand by it: Gmail Gestures were awesome. Browsing my Gmail inbox is now dull and sluggish

I'm sorry that checking your email isn't a fiesta. That doesn't give you the right to hijack a thread and scream in all-caps about off-topic stuff that ticks you off.
 
By the way writing in CAPS is not prohibited by Google+ in any way. When Google wants to prohibit this - as in Google Adwords- they have no problem doing it. So stop trying to be king of the castle of this thread

Never said it was. I said it was rude, obnoxious and ultimately a pointless waist of yours and everyone else's time. And it was. Just because you can get away with doing something doesn't mean you should.
 
doesnt gmail.has a facility 4 blockin a person frm sendin mails?
 
Don't most browsers have spell check?
 
I am a Google apps user and I have been thinking about some details that could improve and consolidate the use of Gmail (with Contacts, Calendar and Taks) and G+. I would like to share my thought with you. 

G+ implicitly follows the math principles of sets and Venn diagrams.
Some rules to make G+ follow this rational and natural laws:

1 - Each user is an element and will belong to one or more circles; elements are unique;
2 - Each set is a circle, and it can "contains" sub-circles (equal or smaller) or be "contained" in super-circles (equal or larger).
2 - 1 - Each group (any business, organization, community and so on) is a circle. Ex: Petrobras (the Brazilian oil company with branches around the world);
2 - 2 - Each geographic and regional attribute is also a circle; Ex.: Brazil would be a circle and Sao Paulo its sub-circle ("contained" in the Brazil circle) and America its super-circle ("containing" the Brazil circle); Portuguese (language) is also a circle that most of the elements of the Brazil circle will be contained in;
2 - 3 - Each profession, degree, gift, capability, and any other elements attributes (like a birth date) are also circles;
2 -4 - Labels (custom attributes) are also circles.
3 - +1s create circles (Ex.: a circle of people who had +1 the news about the new Nexus "+1" Google phone on GSM Arena)

To make it different from other social networks and tools and to eventually having G+ replace email systems, I think some improvements/implementations and rethinking labeling, is needed:

1) A corporate option, where, just like a real business, where public can get in touch, but with limited access and being prompted by "somebody" (a "delegation" feature would be nice, to transfer an element from your circles to somebody's else circles) and in which security is increased (Ex.: Google apps administrator should be able to set posts to always be to specific circles and not public or to extended circles, avoiding breaching of information by user's mistake); 

2) Users should be able to create labels for "intersections" of circles; Ex.: We want to speak the English audience of Petrobras in Brazil: select the circle "Petrobras", the circle "Brazil" and the circle "English", and create a label (a intersection of those circles or a "composed" circle, that could be saved) to filter and make possible to address the conversation to those specific elements. Remember the signs "U", "∩" (union and intersection)? Those should be "labelable"';

3) Users should be able to create labels for common attributes (remember "contain", "is contained"?);

4) Users should be able to see the conversation threads (including emails), shared docs and scheduled activities from each contact page, and from there being able to answer back, create tasks, attach/save files (docs, pics, etc) and schedule activities (including "delegate" and "followup");

5) Users should be able to see the 1st and 2nd level connections of each circle (like Orkut had in the beginning, but using simple Venn Diagrams and for "circles", besides elements through "relationships", which is already a field in contacts);

6) Each circle should also have a page, from where the user could see the elements, the circle threads, the document/pictures shared, the activities and the links/relationships to other circles;

By the way, the name "Google" in Chinese should be 哥哥 (pronounced Ge ge, sounding very similar to Google in a British accent), which means "older brother". This could feed the sensationalist media very well by the association with the "Big Brother" surveillance system from UK, once in the stories of Orson Welles. A Chinese connection! :D:D:D
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