Your guide to Gmail - University of Bristol

Your guide to Gmail - University of Bristol
Your guide to
Gmail user guide
Welcome to Gmail!
This guide outlines some of the key settings and features of Gmail.
Getting started
Tips and tricks
How to access your Gmail account
page 3
Reporting spam page 12
Settings and personalisation
page 4
Setting your email signature page 12
Which web browser should I use?
page 4
Setting your Out of Office message page 13
Composing a message
page 4
More tips and tricks page 14
Searching for an emailpage 5
Organising your email
How to view your email
page 6
page 6
Deleting messages
page 7
Accessing shared mailboxes
page 10
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Further information and support
page 16
Getting started
How to access your Gmail account
Easiest ways to log in:
• From your University desktop computer, find the Gmail icon in your start menu:
From any computer worldwide, go to
Resetting your password allows you to access
Google directly rather than through the Bristol single
sign on.
1. R
eset your password using the change
password tool at
2. F
ollow the quick setup instructions for mobile
devices at
(you can use the QR code below to access
straight from your mobile) and click ‘Login to your
staff Gmail’.
Via MyBristol
All the above options use Bristol Single Sign On.
Alternative ways to log in:
You can also access Gmail
on a mobile device
by logging in at
via other email software
If you want to access your email on a mobile device
or in one of these other ways you must first reset
your password.
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Settings and personalisation
All of your email
settings can be
altered by clicking on
the cog symbol in the
top right of the screen
and selecting
Selecting Settings
will open up a series
of tabs, which control
all of your email
settings. All of the
settings described here are set on the
general tab, which is the default tab that
Which web browser should I
We recommend using Google Chrome as
Google products work best together and the
best and newest features appear in Google
Chrome first.
1. Click on the Compose button in the top left
2. S
tart typing in the To: field. Gmail starts
offering you suggestions for names from the
UoB contact directory. This includes all staff
who work at the University. You will have to
type in the full address of people external to
the University only the first time you send
them an email (Gmail will remember them
after that).
Composing a message
3. If you need to send an attachment, click
on the ‘paperclip’ icon. Another way is
to simply drag files (from your desktop
screen) into the compose window.
Google recently introduced a new compose
experience . There are a number of benefits to
the new format:
Check emails as you compose
Minimise email drafts to continue later
Compose multiple messages at once
Print a draft email
Attach files directly from Google Drive (up
to 10GB in size)
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4. Compose your email as normal.
5. Click on Send when you’re finished. (Emails you send are automatically saved in the Sent Mail folder).
Gmail saves messages automatically, so you
don’t lose long emails you’re composing. You
can find your draft under the drafts label on
the left hand side of your inbox.
Undo send
Gmail has a tool, found under the Labs tab in
Settings, which enables you to undo an
unintended send within 10-20 seconds. After
sending an email you see the following:
To undo the unintended send, click on the Undo
link in the yellow bar at the top of the screen. You
can enable this ‘Lab’ by clicking on the Labs tab in
the Settings menu and ‘Enable ‘ the Undo Send
You are free to enable any Lab you like in your
Google account, however, be aware that Labs are
experimental features and they may change or
disappear at any time.
Searching for an email
As you would expect from Google, Gmail contains
a very good search tool - it’s easy to use and can
search through all your email in seconds.
To find a particular email in your account, use the
search bar at the top. It works just like Google
search. If you’re looking for a message that
contains the word “shopping”, simply type
shopping in the search box and press the search
button. You can customise your search to find the
exact email you are looking for by clicking the
drop down arrow on the right of the search box.
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Organising your email
How to view your email
The Conversation View works like threads in
Mulberry. Email ‘conversations’ or ‘threads’ can get
quite long, with replies going back and forth between
many people, sometimes over long periods of time.
You can decide whether you’d like your emails
bunched together into conversations, or listed
individually. Have a look at the example below to see
the difference:
Gmail with conversation view off. Emails appear
separately when they arrive.
Gmail with conversation view on. Emails appear
bunched together in one long ‘thread’.
Gmail uses labels to help you organise your
messages into any categories that you
choose. Labels do all the work that folders
do, but with an added bonus that you can
add more than one to a message.
To create a label
To switch conversation view on or off, click on the small
cog in the top right of the screen and
select settings.
1. O
n the left side of the page, click More at
the bottom of your labels list. (If you don’t
see “More,” grab the grey dividing line
with your cursor and drag it down to
show more labels.)
2. Click Create new label.
1. U
nder Conversation view, click on or off according
to your preference.
2. D
on’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the
screen and click on the Save Changes button.
If you have the conversation view on, do check carefully
when new messages arrive that you have read all the
new ones that have come in for that thread.
If you have been copied in to a long conversation which
doesn’t concern you, you can ‘mute’ it so it doesn’t
appear in your inbox. You will still find it via a search
later. Click the ‘More’ down triangle at the top and
choose Mute.
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3. T
ype the name of your new label and
click Create.
You can also add sub-labels underneath
another label that’s already in your account
by checking the box next to ‘Nest label under’
and selecting which label you’d like to nest it
Using labels
If you prefer to use them in a ‘traditional’ mode,
select the folder icon at the top of the message
which will enable you to move the email into the
label (folder).
Alternatively, if you hover the mouse over the left
hand side of the message in your inbox, a little
hand will appear and you can use this to drag the
message into your folder.
If you want to use them ‘the Google way’, once
you have created labels you need to apply them
to messages. The easiest way is to drag the label
from the left side, and drop it on the message.
You can also apply a label by clicking on the
Labels button and selecting the label you wish
to apply.
Deleting messages
Now that you have 25GB of storage in your
personal email account, you are far less likely to
need to delete emails to stay under quota. When
you delete an email, it goes from your inbox into
the Bin folder. After 30 days it will disappear for
good. Alternatively you can archive an email.
This moves it from your inbox to another folder
called All Mail. This will remove it from your
immediate view, but you can still find it via the
search box.
Historically, people have reported the
following reasons for wanting to delete
1. To get them out of my inbox / out of the way.
2. To free up space.
3. B
ecause it’s something sensitive I don’t want
to hang around (e.g. it shouldn’t have been
emailed to me in the first place)
4. Because it’s junk mail.
In Gmail, you can do the following in
response to the points above:
The big advantage of using labels in this way is
that you can apply multiple labels to messages,
so an email can belong to the “most urgent”
category as well as to a particular project, and
you will find it under both labels.
1. U
se Archive, this gets it out of the way but
you can still find it with the search box.
2. G
oogle’s space is very generous so there is
really no need.
3. Yes, delete this email.
4. U
se the Report spam button (see page 10).
It helps Google learn, and you’ll be less likely
to see that sort of spam in future.
If you are using conversation view, you can
choose to either delete the whole conversation
thread, or individual messages within it.
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Instructions for archiving a complete
email conversation thread using Gmail
Instructions for deleting a complete email
conversation thread
1. S
elect the email(s) you wish to archive by
clicking on the tick boxes to their left
1. T
o delete an email conversation, select
the email(s) you wish to delete by clicking
on the tick boxes to their left
2. C
lick on the Archive button at the top of
the mail pane (see above)
The email is no longer in your Inbox, but you
can find it if you need to in All Mail as well as
under any labels you have applied to it.
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2. C
lick on the Delete button at the top of
the mail pane (see above). The email is
moved to the Bin folder and will be
automatically deleted after 30 days.
Instructions for deleting a single email from a conversation thread
1. S
elect the particular email in the conversation thread that you wish to
2. C
lick on the drop-down arrow over on the right hand side of an
individual email.
3. S
elect Delete this message from the drop down menu. You can also
use this dropdown if you want to reply specifically to an earlier
message in a thread, rather than the latest one.
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Accessing shared mailboxes
IMPORTANT! Shared mailboxes will turn into
‘delegated accounts’.
A delegated account allows a number of people to
have access to an inbox.
A delegated account has most of the same
functionality as your personal email account.
This means you can set an out-of-office message
for your delegated account if you need to, create a
signature for the delegate account, create as many
labels as you need and customise all the other
settings as you wish.
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There are some things which delegated accounts
do not support – for example turning labs on/off,
changing the theme of the mailbox or setup
forwarding, and standard administrative settings
such as creating identities or adding/removing other
Please note that you cannot share part of a mailbox
with another user: they are able to either see
all of the mailbox or nothing. Additionally, all
delegates have the same level of access and
cannot be given limited access (such as the ability
to read emails but not send emails).
To access your delegated account:
1. If you haven’t already, log into your own
University Gmail account as normal.
4. C
ompose email from the delegated
account in the usual way, by clicking
Click your username at the top right to see
the other mailboxes you can use. In the
example below, you can see that I’ve been
given access to the Email team’s mailbox.
You may need to refresh your screen before
you see the delegated accounts you have
access to.
5. W
hen they receive your email, the
recipient will see the email from the
delegated account in their inbox.
2. Click on the mailbox you wish to open.
3. Your delegated account will open in a
new tab in Chrome. This enables you to
switch between your own mail and the
delegated account. The number of new
messages is highlighted in brackets at the
top of the tab.
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Tips and tricks
Reporting spam
Gmail users play an important role in blocking
spam - when you report an email as spam,
Gmail quickly learns to start blocking similar
messages. The more spam the community
marks, the smarter Gmail’s system becomes.
To report a message as spam:
1. S
elect the email(s) you wish to report by
clicking the tick boxes to their left.
2. C
lick on the “Report spam” button in the
top menu.
Sometimes you may be unsure whether to
report a message - if you didn’t ask for it and
you don’t want it, then it’s spam to you and it
should be reported.
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Please note: We recommend that initially you
check your Spam folder regularly. ‘Spam’
emails are kept for 30 days before they are
Setting your email signatures
If you want to sign off your messages with
a customised signature, click on the cog in
the top right of the screen and select
Settings. Your signature appears about
halfway down the list of options on the
General settings tab.
1. E
nter your signature in the large text box
(see the image above for an example).
2. D
on’t forget to scroll down to the bottom
of the screen and click on the Save
Changes button.
Setting your Out of Office message
If you’re not going to be reading your email for a while (e.g. a holiday), it’s useful to set an Out
of Office message. In Gmail, you have the option to specify an end date for your message,
so you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn it off when you return. Gmail will also
remind you that an auto-response message is set (see image below).
Please note: This facility replaces SmartSieve, please
set your Out of Office directly in Gmail from now on.
To enable an ‘Out of Office’ message in Gmail:
1. C
lick on the cog in the top right of the screen
and select settings.
2. S
croll down to the Out of Office AutoReply
section near the bottom of the page.
4. E
nter or change the subject and message that
will be emailed to people if they email you
during this time (if you have a signature it will
be appended to bottom of the email).
5. T
he two boxes at the bottom allow you to
restrict your auto-reply email to your contacts
or University staff (for example, if you don’t want
replies sent to marketing emails etc.). If you
have both of these boxes ticked, your out of
office response will be restricted to UoB
members who are in your contact list.
3. Enter the first date that you are away on, and
(if you wish) the end date – i.e. the last day
you’re away for. People who send you emails
between these dates, including the first and last
date, will receive your out of office message.
6. S
croll down to the bottom of the screen and
click on Save Changes.
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More tips and tricks
Use stars to indicate an email is
Use stars to easily mark certain messages as
important or indicate that you need to reply to them
later. Try Superstars in Settings for more star
options. Enabling superstars in Settings gives you
11 more ways to star your messages. You can use
the “has” operator to search for emails with different
types of stars, like “has:yellow-star”, “has:blue-star”
or “has:red-bang”.
Customize the display density
of Gmail.
Choose how many messages are on your screen at
a time by selecting from three different display
densities: Comfortable, Cosy and Compact. Click
on the cog icon and then choose a density.
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Preview attachments without
downloading them.
You can easily preview an attached document
instead of downloading and opening it in a separate
program. Just click the “View” link to open a preview
in a new window.
Use filters to control the flow
of incoming mail.
Set up filters to automatically label, archive, delete,
star, or forward certain types of incoming
messages. You can create a filter based on any
message -- just choose “Filter messages like this”
from the “More” drop-down menu to get started.
Use priority inbox to quickly sort
your email.
Priority Inbox automatically identifies your important
emails and separates them out from everything
else, so you can focus on what really matters.
Incoming email is sorted into sections to help keep
you organised: important and unread, starred, and
everything else (sections are customisable). Gmail
uses a variety of signals to identify important email,
including which messages you open and which you
reply to. Over time, Priority Inbox gets better at
predicting what’s important to you.
Spice up your inbox with a theme.
Choose from over 30 options to personalise your
inbox. Go to the Themes tab under Settings and
pick from nature themes, themes that change with
the weather, and many more.
Save notes in your drafts.
Using the draft functionality is a great way to keep
notes that you need to keep handy and refer to
often. Just compose a new message, type or paste
the note, and save it as a draft.
Show people who you
are with a picture.
Your picture is shown whenever someone hovers
over your name in their inbox or Contacts. To add
or change your picture, click Settings, and then look
for the “My Picture” section. You can upload
a picture, select one from Picasa Web Albums,
or enter a URL of a picture of you that’s
already online.
Talk face-to-face with video chat.
It’s not the same to read “lol” as to hear your friend
laugh at your joke. Have a face-to-face
conversation (or audio-only if you don’t have a
webcam) using Gmail voice and video chat.
Visit for more
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Further information and support
You can find the University of Bristol email support pages at:
Google also has its own ‘getting started’ web pages. Just log into your Gmail account,
click on the cog in the top right of the screen and select Help.
You can also contact the IT Service Desk for support:
• Web self-service:
• Email: [email protected]
• Phone: 0117 92 87870 (internal 87870), weekdays, 8am–5.15pm
• Counter service: weekdays, 9am-5pm
• Address: Computer Centre, 5 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1UD, UK
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