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Google's Gmail application lets you do most of the same things you can with your old email application. 
It also has some powerful new features, and a few things work differently than what you're used to. 
Here are resources for learning and mastering your new email application.

 Getting Started

Video (4:14) Tour the Gmail interface. View new messages, perform message actions, chat with contacts online, and more.
 Making the Switch

Learn to accomplish some of the same tasks in Gmail that you're used to in Microsoft Outlook®. The links on the left are feature-by-feature comparisons between Google Apps and Outlook.

Print this reference guide out and keep it on your desk as you learn to use Google Apps!

 Gmail Help Center


Google's Support page for Gmail
 Quick Video Clips

View Gmail video clips

(1:00 - 5:00) Short clips on threaded conversations, labels, filters, archiving, message search, archiving, and more.

  Switching from Outlook: Gmail and Calendar
 Self-paced training (short clips - 1 hour total) A comprehensive introduction to switching from Outlook to Google Apps. Covers threaded email conversations, contacts, labels, mail filters, calendar events, syncing events from Outlook, and more.
 Advanced Tips and Tricks

 Gmail Tips and Tricks
Great collection of useful Gmail tips and tricks on inbox management, labeling messages, composing and finding messages.
 Mobile


Checking Gmail on your phone isn't reserved for extra fancy mobile devices. Gmail is available on almost all mobile devices today. There are three main ways to check your messages on the go:

(1) Go to gmail.com in your mobile browser
The easiest way to check Gmail from your phone is to go to gmail.com in your device's mobile browser. That opens a version of Gmail built especially for small screens, where you can see messages grouped into conversations, search through your mail, or flag important messages with stars. On some devices (iPhone and Android), Gmail offers some additional features like the ability to add and remove labels and basic offline support.

(2) Use your phone's built in email application
Many mobile devices come with native mail applications pre-installed. Setting up Gmail to work with them is usually pretty straight-forward and there is often a wizard to help. If you have an iPhone or Windows Mobile device, you can get push Gmail using Google Sync. Otherwise, you can set things up using IMAP with these step-by-step directions for specific devices. Depending on your particular phone, you may notice features such as search, conversations, and stars missing. On the plus side, these applications tend to start up quickly and work even when you're not connected to the internet.

(3) Use the Gmail app available on your phones app store.
The app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications,multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. The only drawback is it can be slightly slower to open then using your phones built in mail client.

Here's a few key features:

  • See your inbox categories like Promotions and Social
  • Switch between up to 5 accounts
  • Get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options
  • Search through all your mail quickly - with predictions as you type
  • See profile pictures as part of the conversation
  • Edit your signature and vacation response
  • Auto-complete contact names as you type from your Google contacts or your phone
  • Respond to Google Calendar invites right from the app
  • Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
  • Send and receive attachments
  • Customize emails with custom scribbles