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Deliver E-Mail Messages at Scheduled Times with Right Inbox

This handy browser plug-in for Gmail adds a "Send Later" option so you can control when a message gets delivered.

I can think of about a dozen instances when it would be useful to send e-mail at a designated time, rather than at the moment you click Send.

For example, what if you're notifying some customers about a special sale--one that doesn't go live until tomorrow morning? Or you're traveling and want to remind a co-worker to perform an important task while you're away?

Sounds like you're a candidate for Right Inbox, a new browser extension for Gmail users.

Once installed, Right Inbox adds a Send Later button to the Gmail interface. Click that button and you'll see various shortcut options: one hour, two hours, four hours, tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, and "at a specific time." This last option lets you choose and exact date and time for message delivery. (Thankfully, it also lets you specify the time zone.)

E-mail that's queued for later delivery gets stored in the Drafts folder, so you can easily review it and, if necessary, make changes. After an e-mail goes out, it appears in your Sent Mail folder like any other.

Nice, right? A couple caveats. First, Right Inbox requires Chrome or Firefox; it's not currently compatible with Internet Explorer. Second, although the service is free while in beta, pricing plans are in the works for down the road. A free option will remain, though, probably one that limits the number of messages you can "send later" per month.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Boomerang for Gmail, a very similar service that's also for Chrome and Firefox. Whichever one you choose, I think you'll love having this kind of control over your e-mail delivery. And they're great for setting e-mail reminders for yourself!

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