Gmail Opens PDF Attachments Using Chrome’s Viewer

If you use Google Chrome and you haven’t disabled the built-in PDF plugin, you can now open PDF attachments from Gmail using your browser’s viewer. Just click “View” next to the attachment and you’ll notice that the PDF file opens faster and it looks much better.

If you disable the plugin or you use a different browser, Gmail continues to open PDF attachments using the Google Docs Viewer. Maybe Gmail should also detect Adobe Reader’s plugin and use it instead of the online PDF viewer.

Google Apps blog informs that this feature will be available in Google Apps next week. You can get it faster by enabling “pre-release features” in the Administrator Control Panel.

New features for the Gmail Email Settings API and API improvements

The following new read functionality has been added to the Email Settings API:

read labels
read send-as
read forwarding email address
read imap settings
read pop settings
read email signature
read vacation-responder

Some additional changes have been made to API Authentication as well as improvements to API quotas, limits and tips for better error handling for Admin Settings API, Audit API, Calendar Resource API, Email Migration API, Email Settings API, Provisioning API, Reporting API.
For more information:

Dynamic Favicon in Gmail

Favicons could show some useful information, not just a static image. If you’d like to see the number of unread messages next to Gmail’s red envelope, enable “Unread message icon” in Gmail Labs. The feature only works in Chrome and Firefox, but it’s not very reliable.

“When you’re visiting sites other than Gmail, it’s easy to find out how many unread messages are in your inbox by glancing at the title of your Gmail tab or window. However, if you have a ton of tabs open, or if you use Chrome’s Pin Tab feature that hides everything except the tab’s icon, it can be tricky to figure out without switching tabs,” mentions Gmail’s blog.

The counter is supposed to show the number of unread messages from the inbox, but it doesn’t always work properly.

If you’d like even more features, Lifehacker suggests to use Minimalist Gmail, a Chrome extension that not only adds an unread counter to Gmail’s favicons, but it also lets you customize the navigation bar and remove extraneous features like the “invite a friend” box or the cluttered footer.

{ Thanks, Greg. }

Priority Inbox for Gmail for Android and 44 more languages to the mobile webapp version of Gmail

The following new features are now available to all Google Apps domains:

Gmail for Android:
Priority Inbox – You can now see important messages in a new Priority Inbox view, see the importance markers and change the importance of conversations, just like in the desktop version. Additionally, you can now set up your phone to notify, vibrate, or ring on just your new important mail.

Improved Compose – You can now easily switch between reply, reply all and forward while composing your response. As well as that, if you’ve configured the ‘custom from’ feature in the desktop version of Gmail, you can now also send email from that address. Finally, you can also now respond to messages in-line.

Gmail webapp: Previously only available in U.S. English, the HTML5 webapp version of Gmail is now available to 44 languages.

The new languages are: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and American), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese (for both Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

How to access what’s new:
Priority Inbox: In ‘Settings’, select Priority Inbox as the default inbox view and configure your notifications to be just for your important mail. This version of the Gmail app works for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and newer releases in most countries. (Not sure if your device is running the right version? Check here.)

Gmail mobile webapp: If your phone’s default language is one of those listed, go to in your phone’s browser and the new interface will appear in your language automatically. This new version works for iPhones running iOS 2.2.1 and above, and all versions of Android.

For more information:

Gmail’s Context-Sensitive Help Link

If you click on Gmail’s “Help” link at the top of the page, you’ll be sent to an appropriate section from the Gmail Help Center. Instead of always linking to the help center’s homepage, Gmail links to the priority inbox section if you’re using Gmail’s smarter inbox, it shows the articles about filters if you’re trying to create a filter and the articles about contacts if you’re using Gmail’s contact manager.

It’s a small change that makes it easy to find useful information about the Gmail feature you’re currently without having to type a query. Hopefully, Google will add this feature to other services, just like the interactive bug reporting tool, which is now available in Gmail, YouTube and AdSense.

New Gmail Themes

There are many Gmail themes to choose from, but few of them are actually usable. Gmail added 5 new themes: Basic Black, Basic White, Tree Tops, Marker and Android.

Even if you’re not an Android fan or you don’t have an Android phone, you should really try the Android theme. It’s simple, stylish and you can still read your messages.

If you’re looking for a minimalist theme, Basic White is a good alternative to Minimalist, an already existing theme. It looks a little bit unfinished, but Google says it’s the Gmail interface stripped “to the bare bones”.

What’s your favorite Gmail theme?

Gmail Tests Call Recording

Andrew Banchich spotted a new Gmail feature that lets you record calls. I don’t see the call record button in my account, so it’s probably an experimental feature that’s not yet widely available.

It’s similar to the call recording feature from Google Voice. “In order to record your call, simply press 4. You can do it when you first accept a call, or any time after it’s started. To stop the recording, press 4 again or hang up. Your recordings are saved online and you can access them just like you do with voicemail.” Instead of pressing 4, you click the record button.

Undocumented Gmail Shortcuts for Composing Messages

Gmail’s keyboard shortcut for composing new messages is “c”, but there are two undocumented shortcuts that let you compose a message, while also adding the CC (carbon copy) and the BCC (blind carbon copy) fields:

* b – compose new message and add both CC and BCC
* d – compose new message and add CC

To use these shortcuts, you first need to enable keyboard shortcuts in Gmail’s settings page. Gmail is the only Google service that doesn’t enable keyboard shortcuts by default.

{ Thanks, Cougar Abogado. }

Five new themes now available in Gmail

Five new themes have now been been added to Gmail:
Basic Black
Basic White
Tree Tops

In Gmail settings, select the ‘Themes’ tab to view and select the new themes.

Note: Themes are only available in Internet Explorer 7.0+, Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 3.0+, and Google Chrome. You won’t see a ‘Themes’ tab in your Settings if you’re not using the newer version of Gmail on the browsers listed above. Please note that Themes are not available if you’re using Internet Explorer 6.0