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.
If 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.”
2. Create a Canned Response
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.
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.
Many people liked the classic look of the compose window in Gmail.
If 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:
As with every Chrome extension, you can always disable it or delete it.