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View Only Unread Messages in a Gmail Inbox with 2 Simple Tricks

Jun 30, 2013 - 9 Comments
Gmail logo

Gmail is an excellent mail client, but one feature that has always felt missing was a simple sorting ability to view only the unread email messages residing in an inbox. It turns out you can show only the unread messages with Gmail though, you just have to use either a simple search operator to reveal … Read More

8 of the Best Tricks for Mail App in Mac OS X

Jun 3, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Change how often Mail checks for new messages

Use Mail app in Mac OS X to handle your email? Then this collection of some of the best tips you’ll find for Mail app in OS X is for you. We’ll cover some of the greatest tricks out there, including how to get new mail faster, see more messages at once, send attachments faster, … Read More

Stop Images Loading Automatically in Mail App to Reduce Data Usage & Speed Up Email on iOS

May 9, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Toggle Load Remote Images in Mail app to OFF (or ON)

Emails opened in Mail app for iOS default to loading all images attached to that message. This makes emails format and arrange themselves as the sender intended, often with nice little header graphics and signature files, but it has a potentially serious downside: increased bandwidth usage. On a wi-fi connection that bandwidth usage hardly matters, … Read More

Improve Email Productivity by Using a “Brevity Signature” in Mail App for Mac OS X

Apr 14, 2013 - 14 Comments
Set a brevity signature on Mac OS X Mail app for shorter emails

Anything to boost productivity and reduce time spent emailing is a big win in my book. Accordingly, the “Sent from my iPhone” signature attached to an email has become associated in everyones minds with brevity, since naturally nobody expects a lengthy email reply sent while on the go from a smartphone, right? As a result, … Read More

Include Attachments with Reply in Mail App for Mac OS X

Apr 2, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Include Original Attachments in Email Replies in Mac OS X Mail app

Mail app in recent versions of Mac OS X defaults to not include the original attachments of an email when that email is replied to. While that can be fine for many cases, if you cc or bcc another person to an email it can be very frustrating to discover the originally attached document or … Read More

Speed Up Mail App on Older Macs By Turning Off Image Attachment Previews

Mar 5, 2013 - 2 Comments
Mail without an Image Attachment Preview

Anytime an image or PDF is attached to an email in the OS X Mail app, you will be presented with a preview of that picture or document. Likewise, if someone emails you photos those images are then drawn on screen within that email as previews. While this is a great feature for most of … Read More

Email Photos from iPhoto Using Mail Rather Than Built-in Emailer

Feb 28, 2013 - 3 Comments
iPhoto built-in email

iPhoto in OS X works pretty well as a photo manager, photo stream recipient, and for making minor adjustments to images, but it’s not a mail client. That’s pretty obvious right? But iPhoto 11 thinks otherwise, at least in regards to sharing pictures from iPhoto using the “Email” option, which (slowly) launches a very stylish … Read More

Add & Remove Contacts to VIP Mail Lists in iOS

Jan 17, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Add a mail contact to the VIP list easily in iOS

Effectively filtering the nonstop noise from email can make or break the productivity in your day, and VIP lists are one of the easiest ways to help this in iOS and OS X by emphasizing some senders over others. If you’re new to VIP listing, it’s a very simple to use feature that is practically … Read More

Get New Email Faster on the iPhone by Changing Fetch Settings

Jan 15, 2013 - 7 Comments
Faster iPhone email

Have you noticed that it can sometimes take a while to get an email notification on to the iPhone? The time it takes to check for new emails from mail servers is actually a simple settings option for some email providers, and this means it’s easy to speed up if you want to get alerts … Read More

Find Archived eMails & Move Them Back to the Inbox in iOS

Jan 8, 2013 - 1 Comment
Find archived email in iOS

Moving email around between inboxes in the iOS Mail app is easy, and perhaps sometimes it’s too easy, because accidentally moving or archiving mail messages seems to be an ongoing issue for many. In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions I get from newcomers to the iPhone or iPad is “where did my … Read More

Set a Unique Alert Tone for New Mail Messages from VIP List in iOS

Jan 2, 2013 - 2 Comments
Set VIP Mail Alerts in iOS

Managing slews of email can be one of the most challenging and time consuming parts of ones day, but with the help of VIP lists in iOS and OS X you can help to weed through some of the nonsense by simply having defined persons get precedent over others. On the desktop side of things, … Read More

Write & Send a Complete Email with Siri Faster Than Ever

Dec 30, 2012 - 5 Comments
Write and send a complete email with Siri

If you’ve sent emails out with Siri before, you have probably noticed that Siri will often respond to the initial email request with an inquiry about what the mail subject or body should contain, making you respond with another phrase and continue a back-and-forth dialog with Siri until the to, subject, and message fields are … Read More

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