There's no doubt Gmail is one of the best webmail services currently available. But it could do better. Here are a few tips to help you organise, optimise, and take control of your Gmail account so you'll spend less time sorting through your email messages.
I'll let you in on a little secret. You know those little dots in your Gmail address - like the one in 'firstname.lastname@example.org'? Gmail doesn't recognise them as part of your email address. That's right, email@example.com will receive all mail that's sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and even john...........firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It's an interesting quirk of Gmail, and one that you can use to your advantage.
Suppose that you want an easy way to separate business email from personal email, without having to individually label each message. Simply give your business clients the e-mail address 'firstname.lastname@example.org', and give friends and family 'email@example.com'. Messages sent to either address will come to your inbox, and you can set up a filter that automatically labels messages sent to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' as 'business.'
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