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Difference between “Important” and “Starred” message

What is the difference between "Important" and "Starred" message in Gmail Priority Inbox?
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How can I find a message by Message-ID in Gmail?

For archival purposes, I am storing a list of emails. I would like to be able to later find a particular message in my Gmail account. A unique message identifier is its Message-ID. However Gmail does ...
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Gmail CC Field Shortcut or Always Visible

I've been searching for a way to access the CC field on GMail quickly. However, seems like there's no official shortcut (besides doing mad TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB ENTER). There was a userscript ...
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Create a Gmail filter for Calendar Notifications

I'd like to create a Gmail filter to filter all of my Google Calendar notifications into a separate folder. Google Calendar notifications have headers that look like the following: Reply-To: Helen ...
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Is there a way to not have the new gmail Signature add “--” before it?

Gmail now supports multiple rich-text signatures. However it prepends "--" before the signature. Is there a way to disable this?
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Can I set an e-mail to send on a timer within Gmail?

It's a business related e-mail, and I want it to get to the person before I wake up in the morning, but I don't want their first impression of me to be that I was awake at 3am sending e-mails. Is ...
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How to hide contacts from Hangouts within Gmail

I use Hangouts within Gmail, I do not use any other client. I would like to know if there is any way to remove or hide contacts from the Hangouts chat list. I don't want to block the contacts, but ...
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Did the receiver open the mail?

With Gmail, is there some way to do that check?
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Where can I see the date I created my Gmail account?

Well, it's a long time I'm using my Gmail account. Today, I had a talk with my friends about the date we created our Gmail accounts and we all had some guesses about it. Is there any option in Gmail ...
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How can I get a warning if someone try to hack my Gmail account?

Is there a hidden feature in Gmail, that let you know each time someone has tried to login to your account with a wrong password? LogMeIn has this feature. Is there something like that in Google ...
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How can I import mail from one Gmail account to another, preserving my label structure?

I'd like to import mail from one account to another, but I have 10 or so labels in the one I want to export from. What's the easiest way to get the same labels on the same email messages on the new ...
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Searching within Gmail's nested labels

Consider this setup in my Gmail inbox where I have 3 lists: mailing-lists/first-list mailing-lists/second-list mailing-lists/third-list If I want to search for all unread messages in any sub-label ...
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How do I organize my labels in Gmail?

I have more than 100 labels in my Gmail account. They are currently displayed as a long list on the left side of the screen, and it's becoming quite difficult to use. Is there a way I can group ...
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How do I force images to hide in Gmail?

In Gmail, e-mails from "strangers" automatically have their images blocked. I accidentally selected to always display images from the sender. However, I would like to undo this decision and begin ...
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How to show all archived messages in Gmail?

How do we search for all our archived messages in Gmail? Non-archived messages should not be displayed, Only the archived messages should be shown.
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How can I get GMail to make the default address I'm sending an email from be the same as the To address in a reply?

I have two email addresses that I use with GMail, let's call them personal@gmail.com and me@mycompany.com, the latter is integrated with SMTP and POP. When I want to send an email I can choose which ...
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How to find the oldest email in Gmail

Just what the title says, how do I find the oldest email in Gmail? I know ho to find the oldest email from a specific person, but I’m interested in finding the oldest email, regardless of the sender ...
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How can I setup a filter in Gmail to delete message older than 1 month? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Webapp to delete certain Gmail messages older than n days? Is it possible to setup a filter in Gmail to delete message older than 1 month? The reason I need that is ...
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I need to send an email to everyone I've ever sent mail to

So it looks like my gmail account was compromised yesterday and "I" sent a spam message out to not just everyone in my contacts, but everyone I've ever sent e-mail to from that account. I'd like to ...
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Can I bounce messages (not forward, but a true bounce) in Gmail?

Prima facie this is impossible. But perhaps someone has some kind of hack to do it. This is one of the last things holding me back from switching to Gmail from Pine. To be clear, bouncing a message ...
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When is it okay to use “label:”, “in:”, or “is:” in a Gmail Filter?

When you try to use any of the queries label:, in:, or is: in a Gmail filter, you will see the following warning: Warning: Filter searches containing "label:", "in:", or "is:" criteria are not ...
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How can I export my Google chat logs?

In the spirit of taking responsibility for my own data, I regularly fetch my gmail emails via IMAP for backup. However, this doesn't include the Google Talk chat logs which are also available in ...
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How to filter messages with animated emoji in the subject in Gmail?

I was trawling through my spam folder (which I rarely do, because Gmail rarely has false positives) and I noticed something interesting: Something like over half of the messages have at least one ...
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Can I auto-forward my Gmail to another address?

I'm kind of paranoid about my email and I don't want it to be on Google's servers only. Especially after my account got hacked and all my email got deleted. So I would like to auto-forward my Gmail ...
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How to use boolean AND and NOT operators in Gmail search

I'm trying to find mails that have one address in the recipients but another not in it. I'm trying things like from:address1@gmail.com and not from:address2@gmail.com and from:(address1@gmail.com and ...
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How can I stop Gmail from serving me auto translations based on my IP address?

When I go to Gmail website (FireFox, if this info is needed) with a different IP (IP from Germany), they automatically translate the page to German. How do I stop this behavior (in other words I want ...
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Searching GMail for messages without a particular label

I need to find, in GMail, a list of all my unread messages — which I can get via is:unread or label:unread or l:^u — which do not have the label "ZDNet." In other words, my requirement is ...
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How to prevent Gmail from automatically marking message as read?

In Thunderbird I have such option and I use it. Now I am trying to switch to Gmail and I can't find such setting. I claim that no computer program can know, whether I have actually read a message. ...
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How can I convert Gmail from standard view to basic HTML view?

How can I convert Gmail from standard view to basic HTML view permanently? A while ago there was an option at the bottom allowing me to do so, but now it is gone.
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How to configure Gmail so that filtered user gets an NDR (non-deliverable receipt) or “bounce” message

Someone is sending our public email address a lot of rude email. Basically, stuff filled with threats, expletives, insults and offensive jargon. I know how to set up a filter in Gmail so that all ...
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What causes the infinite redirect loop when I login to Gmail? How do I fix it?

Of course I can't reproduce it now! However, about 20% of the time I try to login to my Gmail account (because my wife is logged into her), it gets stuck in an infinite redirect loop. I always end up ...
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Search for “!” in Gmail subject

Does anyone know if in Gmail you can search all messages that have an exclamation mark in the subject? I would like to create a filter that adds a red ! label to the messages that have an exclamation ...
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Guidelines on email formatting to make contents Google Calendar friendly

Does Google provide any documented, official recommendations about how to format an email that will easily import the event into a user's Google Calendar? Let's say that I want to send an email about ...
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Running Out of Space on GMail, Now What?

I have a personal account that's running out of space (mostly due to family members emailing huge pictures). I plan to move those all to Flickr, but in the mean time, what will happen when my GMail ...
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Mark all old reminders “done” in Inbox by Gmail

I have hundreds of old reminders that I created in the past year with Google Now that are now pinned in my "Inbox" (http://inbox.google.com). I would like to mark all of them as "done". I can select ...
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Making Gmail to use “Reply all” automatically in mailing list replies

I am using Gmail and have subscribed to several mailing lists (Mailman based). Gmail defaults to "reply to person" instead of "reply to list" when I try to reply the mailing list messages. Is there ...
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In Gmail, how do I create a contact from a recipient of an email?

In Gmail, how do I create a contact from a recipient of an email? For sender, there is 'Add to Contact List' but there doesn't appear to be anything similar for the To: or Cc: fields. Is there an ...
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Does marking an email as spam in Gmail affect the filter for everyone?

If I mark something as spam in Gmail, does that modify only my spam filter or does it affect the spam filter for other users?
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How to easily disable Gmail signature on a per message basis [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In Gmail, how can I have customized signatures based on the From: address? I have Gmail set up to fetch also my work email account so I can have all my email in one app. I ...
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How can I purposely send a message that will be marked as spam in Gmail?

I'm trying to test out forwarding, filters, and spam. I want to see how a spam message will be affected by my current configuration. I want to send myself a message that will show up as spam in my ...
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How can I remotely log out of Gmail?

Is there any way to remotely sign out of Gmail? I logged onto Gmail on a public computer but I don't remember if I logged out. Is there any way to force that computer to logout without going back to ...
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Download embedded-images attachments from Gmail

Usually, Gmail offers a link to download all attachments. However, someone sent me a HTML e-mail where the attachments are images inside the e-mail. They are technically attachments, but there is no ...
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How can I encrypt emails sent through Gmail?

What's the best solution for encrypting emails sent from within Gmail. This could be a browser extension, a GreaseMonkey script, or something else. I realize that whoever is receiving the email will ...
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Create Task from Email in Gmail

Is it possible to create a new Google Tasks entry from an email in Gmail? Use case: create a reminder/task to respond to an email on a certain day.
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Keyboard shortcut to sign out of Gmail

Is there a keyboard shortcut that will sign me out of Gmail?
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Attach multiple files to an email from Google Docs

I want to email two files as attachments to a single email in Gmail without downloading them from Google Docs. When viewing all items in Docs, the "Email as attachment" item is disabled in the Share ...
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How can I move Google contacts between two different accounts?

I want to move some contacts, using drag-n-drop, between two Gmail accounts. How can I do this? Please mind that I do not want to import/export all contacts, I just want to move some of them between ...
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Forward only important mail in Gmail

Is there a way to forward (or to get in any other way) the important mail as they arrive (or shortly after that) from the priority inbox to another mail account without forwarding the unimportant ...
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Keyboard shortcut to change Right-to-left status in Gmail

Is there a keyboard shortcut (or a Greasemonkey script that adds this keyboard shortcut), to make a certain paragraph right-to-left, or left-to-right in gmail? This question in the official gmail ...
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Prevent Gmail from expanding email address using name from Contacts

I want to prevent Gmail from replacing To: i@corp.com with: To: The fat guy who was near takeshi at the meeting <i@corp.com> I just typed i@corp.com in the compose window, but Gmail expands ...