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A power user Gmail trick using a feature in Gmail Labs

If you are using Google Apps, you should really familiarize yourself with Gmail Labs. This power user tip for Gmail is only one of the many ways you can reap the benefits of these experimental features.

For many information technology professionals, the days of having only one job or one job title are long gone. With that in mind, depending on to whom you are corresponding, you may want to use a different signature for a particular email. With the help of an application in Mail Labs called Canned Responses, you can switch between established signatures at will.

Contributing Google in the Enterprise blogger Susan Cline shows you how it works in the video below. The video is a snippet from a training video she created for Lynda.com. If you are looking to get the upper hand and establish yourself as a power user of Gmail, you may want to check out the entire course.

http://www.lynda.com/home/Player.aspx?lpk4=88493&playChapter=False

This post was originally published in August 2011.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

9 comments
Jim Mcnelis
Jim Mcnelis

Hi Susan, I don't think "Mail Labs" is the right term for Gmail Labs. It confused me when I read the article.

alconroy
alconroy

I have found out to my cost that when clear all your drafts in gmail canned responses are deleted as well, as a labs feature it is not 100% reliable

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you tried some of the applications in Mail Labs? Do you have a favorite that you depend on regularly?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

When I look at it on my official CBS Interactive version of Google Apps (Google Enterprise) they call it Mail Labs. It may be a peculiar naming by the IT staff here. I'll change it to Gmail Labs.

susancline
susancline

I believe that the post author Mark Kaelin intended to write "Gmail Labs".

susancline
susancline

I just tried deleting my drafts and emptying my trash to see if this affected my canned response. I still had my canned responses available to me after I did this.

alconroy
alconroy

In the regular gmail interface canned responses dont appear as dafts however if you use an android device they will appear as a daft in the gmail app, if you delete drafts from here you will lose your canned responses. If you open gmail in basic html the canned responses will appear as dafts as well and again if you delete the drafts from this screen you will lose your canned responses as well.