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I am traveling in Europe and want to limit the amount of data I use when I open an email. Is there some way to turn off images or data intensive graphics?

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Can you describe how you're accessing your mail? Are you using gmail's web portal directly? – batpigandme May 10 '13 at 15:15
Under General Settings, there's a setting for External Content. (You can force Gmail to prompt you before downloading any external content, including images.) Was there something more than that you wanted? – Al E. May 10 '13 at 15:45

Using http://m.gmail.com gives you a simple but functional interface, that as far as I can see displays emails in text mode without any images.

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