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Do you ever click a link to an email address and get frustrated when Outlook or Apple Mail pops up, rather than Gmail? Google Chrome makes it stunningly easy to make your Gmail account the default when clicking linked email addresses. Switching is easy and you don’t even have to go into your Chrome settings.

Check out the video below or click on this link.

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canned responsesIf you don't want to type the same reply every time someone emails you with a common question, you can compose your reply once, save it, and use it when needed using a GMail feature called canned responses.

First you need to enable canned responses.  You do this only once.  Next compose and save canned responses.  Last, insert canned responses as needed.  (Click on images to enlarge)

1. Enable Canned Responses 

  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your Gmail.
  • Go to “Settings.
  • Click on the "Labs" tab.
  • Go to "Search for a lab," and type "Canned Responses" in the search bar
  • Press the button for "Enable.”
  • Press "Save Changes.”

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2. Create a Canned Response

  • Cick compose
  • Click the arrow next to the trash icon on the bottom right of the compose box.
  • Select "Canned response”,  then click "New canned response" on the submenu.
  • Enter the text for your canned response
  • Name your response and click OK to save it.


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3. Use a Canned Response

  • Compose a new email.
  • Click on "Canned responses.”
  • Choose the response you wish to insert.
  • Change any information in the canned response that needs to be modified.
  • Send your canned response

insert canned response

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You will find more GMail tips and tricks at the GMail Help Center

Many people liked the classic look of the compose window in Gmail.

old compose optionsIf you prefer the that look, there is a Chrome extension called Old Compose that you can install to restore the classic look in GMail.

Once you install the extension, the Old Compose icon will be found in the upper righthand corner of the browser window.  Clicking on the icon (circled in red) allows you to toggle between the two different classic versions: Classic Compose or Improved Compose:

old compose views

As with every Chrome extension, you can always disable it or delete it.

Check out other Chrome extensions in the Chrome Webstore.