Gmail is one of the best email platforms. This is because it works really well and is very intuitive. However, sometimes we don’t make the most of it. That’s because there are many features in Gmail that make it even better. The only thing you have to do is activate them. That said, we are going to tell you which functions you need to activate to improve your Gmail.
Prevent images from loading automatically
Let’s imagine that someone creates an image and stores it on their server. It is usually even transparent and has only 1×1 pixels. That is, no one sees it. Then that person sends us an email that includes that image. Now when it is loaded it automatically sends various information to the server where the image is hosted. An example of this is the IP address that can be used to identify us.
Although it sounds scary, it is quite common.
Anyway, don’t worry because there is a way for no one to receive anything. So let’s explain how to do it in Gmail account.
There is an option in Gmail’s settings that allows you to disable the automatic loading of images.
So click on the cog in the upper right corner. Then choose to see all settings.
Then on the new page, scroll down a bit until you reach the section that says images. Then choose the second option that says Ask before displaying external images. Then at the bottom choose Save Changes.
But attention this does not mean that you will run out of images in your Gmail. In fact, the only difference is that they don’t load automatically. If you want to upload them, just use the button that appears in the email and that allows you to upload images.
In this way, no one will be able to obtain information through the email you sent. That is, unless you later load the images manually. Yet it will also be different.
This seems a little too simple. However, it is an important step that will help to improve Gmail.
Access Gmail even when you don’t have Internet
In the past, an extension called Gmail Offline was needed to make Gmail work in offline mode. However, the extension is no longer available, so you won’t be able to use it. But to make up for this feature it is now available natively in Gmail settings.
We will then explain what you need to do to start improving Gmail.
Firstly open Gmail here, click on the cog and then on See all settings.
Now locate the offline tab and click.
Then put a tick on enable offline mail.
At this point, more options will appear.
In the Sync settings, set the number of days to store emails. You can choose from the last 7, 30 or 90. You can also choose to download attachments or not.
Finally, in the Security settings, you can choose to save data offline on the computer after logging in or logging out.
Once the settings are in line with your goals, click Save Changes to make the settings permanent.
block a contact
Through the Web Version
To do it via the web we have to open the Gmail website here. Next, we need to open the message of the person we want to block. After the email is open, we use the three dots menu that is available in the upper right corner. Then we just choose Block. It usually appears block and the name of the person who sent it.
There appears a window warning about blocking in future messages from this person. We just have to choose the Block option.
At that point, a notice will appear above the message that tells us that messages from this sender will be sent to the Spam box.
Once a person is blocked they will no longer receive emails from them. At least out of the spam box. However, they won’t even be able to contact you in the chat. To unlock, just do the reverse process. So we only have to open a message that we have received from that person, use the three-dot menu and choose the unlock option. A good way to ignore those who don’t care and improve Gmail.
Through the Android version
In the case of the Android version, blocking is equally simple. That said, we only have to open the message of the person we want to block. Once opened, click on the three dots next to the contact’s name and choose the option block user. From then on we will not receive any more messages from that person.
In fact, it’s a very simple process that will help us to be free from threats or unwanted comments. It is better to resort to this type of tools that the platforms provide than to put up with those who are not worth our time.
Disable adding contacts
To make this change you need to be on a computer. So, start by accessing Gmail. Then click on the gear and choose the option to see all settings.
Then, in the list of options that will appear, look for creating contacts for autocompletion. Then change the option that is selected to I will add the contacts myself.
Then don’t forget to go to the end of the list and click on the button that allows saving changes.
From that moment on, strange contacts will no longer appear on your list. After all, it is difficult to find what we really want afterwards.
Undo sending an email
It’s happened to all of us that we send a message and then regret it. This is because we said what we didn’t want to or because in the next second we found that something was wrong. Fortunately, there is a way to solve all these problems. However, it requires a tweak in Gmail.
Gmail’s default setting for this is five seconds. In other words, there is very little time to act. However, it is possible to slightly increase this time. So there is a way to increase this time.
So open your Gmail account here.
Then go to the cogwheel and click on the option See all settings.
Then on the General tab look for the option that says Undo “Send”. The default value is five seconds. However it is much safer if you increase it to 30 seconds.
In fact it is a very simple thing but it can save our life if we have sent an email and we regret it.
After this configured, how can we cancel the sending of email?
Nothing simpler. When we send a message through Gmail, a small dialog box appears at the bottom. There we can see the message sent or cancel. If you’re sorry, just click cancel. And note that this is different from a rescue function that is present in Outlook. It’s just that if you repent, the other person won’t even receive any email. For me it is undoubtedly very useful to increase this time.
However, when you cancel and message you are notified immediately.
In fact, it’s worth taking a minute to make this change in Gmail and not have any more problems with regrets.
With all this you will be able to improve your Gmail!