One method of maximising the use of your Google account is through personalising your emails. By doing this, you can change the font and colour of the text. You can also add signatures, which could be your contact details in text or an image. It’s all up to you really.
If you would like to change how others see your messages, here’s how:
At the upper right hand of Gmail’s dashboard is a gear icon. Click that and go to ‘Settings’.
In Settings, you’ll be right on the General Settings Tab. Search for ‘Default Text Style’.
From that section, you can change the font, font size and font colour.
To add a signature, find ‘Signature’ on the same page. Click the radio button to enable your signature. Type in the text that you want to appear in the Signature section of your email. If you want to use an image, click on the image icon (next to the link or chain symbol).
Save your settings.
Another way of maximising the use of your Google account is through customisation. If you are new to Gmail, or if you just never got around to changing the standard appearance, here are some tips on how to customise it to your liking.
At the upper right side of your Gmail dashboard, click the gear icon. From the dropdown, click ‘Themes’.
You can then choose a theme for your Gmail account. Choose from Colour Themes, HD Themes, Custom Themes and Classic Themes.
If you see a theme you like, simply click on it.
If you don’t like anything from the Colour, Classic and HD Themes, opt for a Custom Theme. You can choose from a Custom Light and Classic Dark theme.
In this example, we’ve opted for a Custom Light Theme.
After you clicking ‘Custom Light Theme’, a pop-up will appear. Here, you get to select, or upload an image you would like to use for your background.
Choose a featured image or upload one of your own and click ‘Select’.
Your new theme will now show on your main page.
Another popular option for maximising the use of your Google account is organising it. Generally, your Gmail account is all for sending and receiving emails. But, did you know that you can also organise the emails you receive based on ‘categories’?
As a new Gmail account user, you will see three to five tabs on your main page. These tabs are folders that filter your emails, based on ‘categories’.
The five tabs are Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums.
If you enable these folders, Gmail will send ‘categorised’ emails into each folder. Here is a brief description on what emails would go into each folder:
Person-to-person conversations and messages that don’t appear in other tabs.
Messages from social networks, media-sharing sites, online dating services and other social websites.
Examples: Google+, YouTube, Image Sharing Sites, Facebook, Twitter, etc
Deals, offers and other marketing emails.
Examples: Google Offers, Merchant Newsletters, Commercial Promotions, etc
Personal, auto-generated updates including confirmations, receipts, bills and statements.
Examples: Confirmations, Bills, Receipts, Shipments, etc
Messages from online groups, discussion boards and mailing lists.
Examples: Google Groups, Mailing lists, Online Communities, etc
The purpose of the various folders is easy organisation. Emails from friends, family or colleagues would go to your primary folder while social media notifications would go to your social folder. It helps you maintain organisation in your inbox, and avoid missing important emails because they got ‘buried’ in newsletters and notifications.
To enable your handy-dandy folders, click on the gear icon and go to ‘Configure Inbox’.
Once you click on it, a pop-up will appear. To enable the different folders, click on the checkbox of the folder you would like to enable. Once finished, click ‘Save’.
You will now see your chosen folders on your Gmail dashboard.
The next way of maximising the use of your Google account is in the area of socialisation. Google + is easily accessible through your Gmail account. So, why not make use of it?
Google + is a great way to present yourself to your contacts, whether they are friends, family or colleagues. And, if you have a business, it is a great way to reach across different circles and improve your online presence.
From your Gmail account click on the downward arrow next to ‘[email protected]’ at the upper right hand of the page. Once you see the dropdown box, click on the blue button “Join Google+”.