Cherryfield.net
Gmail Setup

I've just started using Gmail to host my REAL mailbox and so far have been very happy with the way it handles all the spam I get. The only thing I've missed so far is any way to find the size of messages before I download them.

Start at www.google.com and choose More ...
Screen Shot

Next choose Gmail ...
Screen Shot

Next choose Sign up for Gmail (you need a cell phone that accepts text messages) ...
Screen Shot

Fill in your cell phone number and the distorted characters that are hard to read, press Send code ...
Screen Shot

After you get the 6 digit code on your cell phone fill it in here, press Next ...
(Beware, you can only get a few codes at each cell phone number, use them wisely.)

Screen Shot

Fill in your name and desired Gmail address, press Check availability! ...
Once you find a Google login that is available, fill in the rest of the form.

Screen Shot

Click on I'm ready .... ...
Screen Shot

Press Go to my Inbox ...
Screen Shot

Here you see any mail that is NOT considered spam.
Before exploring this mail interface through your browser,
I recommend clicking on settings and making some changes ...

Screen Shot

This is the General tab, you can customize later, choose Accounts ...
Screen Shot

This is where you can add your permanent address, choose Add another ...
Screen Shot

Here I filled in my permanent address and pressed Next Step ...
Screen Shot

Press Send verification and then go read the eMail it sends you.
In that message click on the confirm link (in your eMail program).

Screen Shot

That will jump you back to your browser and a page like this, click on mail.google.com ...
Screen Shot

Work your way back to the Accounts tab and choose both Make default
(so that any mail you send from Gmail looks like it came from your permanent address)
and, if you want to use multiple addresses, Reply from the same address

Screen Shot

The updated accounts page will look like this, next go to the Forwarding and POP tab ...
Screen Shot

First you want to enable POP for all mail ...
Screen Shot

Next choose archive Gmail's copy (this will leave the NON-spam you download to your eMail
program in the google archive allowing you to still access it while travelling using any web browser.)
You need to press Save Changes before reading the configuration instructions.

Screen Shot

Get back to the page above and click on configuration instructions and you'll get ...
Screen Shot

Click on your eMail client and you'll get something like this ...
Follow the directions for setting up your eMail client (program).

Screen Shot

What I then do before, downloading mail to my eMail client is:

  1. Go to my Gmail inbox and check (in square box) any spam. (See Inbox 1 below)
  2. If I've highlighted any spam, I press Report Spam
  3. At that point in another window I start downloading mail to my eMail client.
  4. Meanwhile, back in Gmail I look at my spam folder. (See Inbox 2, below)
  5. I click on Select All (See Spam 1, below)
  6. I scan down the list and make sure none of the eMails are ones I realy want.
  7. If one is valid, I uncheck the square box.
  8. Finally I click on delete permanently
  9. If there are some valid eMails which remain, select them a press Report NOT spam
  10. They go back to your inbox and you need to download to your eMail client again.

What's really great about this is that on a dial-up line I'm not wasting time downloading spam, and if I am travelling I can look at my mail from any browser, and yet still download it to my eMail client later as long as I leave it in the inbox.

Inbox 1, Spam checked and deleted by pressing Report Spam ...
Gmail

Inbox 2, After starting eMail client download, go to the spam folder ...
Gmail

Spam 1, Select all, uncheck any that are NOT spam, then press Delete forever.
Gmail

Spam 2, You may have multiple pages of spam. Repeat the process of selecting all,
unchecking those messages that are not spam, and Delete forever.

Gmail

Back to Resource Index


Sunrise Line Home Cherryfield.net
Visits since June 8, 2006:  3158
WCRR Home Page