Despite the new craze of txt messages, twitter and other social media services, email is still a staple most of us rely on to communicate with friends, family and customers. If you use GMail for your email, you will be happy to know that a FREE tool exists which will notify you when a new message is received! Once installed, the days of checking your GMail account for every few hours for new email are over!
The Free tool is called GMail Notifier and the install is simple and straight forward. Let’s jump right into first with a How-To Video followed by a Step-by-Step:
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GMail Notifier Alerts As New Emails Arrive to your GMail Account
1. Open your web browser and Type http://www.gmailnotifier.com/download/ into the address bar. Once the page loads, Click the Download Now link.
2. Next you’ll need to Run or Double-Click the file you just downloaded to start the Setup Wizard.
3. Once installed, a window will appear to select your language. Select your language of choice.
4. On the next page fill in your GMail login information. You’ll also need to be sure that you have IMAP enabled from within GMAIL otherwise the application won’t work properly.
If you need help setting up IMAP please read the first section of this article.
5. At this point you’re pretty much done, Click the Account to look at more of the functionality of this handy application.
When you Click on the desired Account, it will take you into view your new email. From here you can select e-mails using the check boxes and either delete or mark them as read.
If you click on an individual e-mail you can read the entire message. With the current version you cant reply to email.
In your system tray you’ll find the GMail icon used by GMail Notifier. Right-Click this the icon to access the menu and options. You can Add new accounts, Remove existing ones, Force a check of your GMail account and go into Preferences.
Under preferences you can adjust some of the individual settings such as how your notified when email arrives. You can also enable GMail Notifier to run when windows starts up automatically.
I’ve tested the app with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Previously I used the Free Gmail notifier beta from Google however that stopped working for me when I upgraded to Windows 7 (anyone else have that problem?). Another option that notifies you when new email arrives to your GMail inbox is Google’s free instant messenger client Google Talk. In my next article I’ll discuss how that works!
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