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  • Dileepa Prabhakar 22:36 on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gmail, , Google Bar, Google Header   

    New Google header 

    I signed into Gmail today and got the new Google bar/header.

    New Gmail header.


    Google.com too showed the new style header.

    New Gmail header.


    Gmail header settings drop-down:



    Gmail header user name drop-down and ‘Switch account’ drop-down. The ‘Switch account’ drop-down shows both delegated accounts and all currently signed-in accounts.

    Gmail header user name drop-down.Gmail header ‘Switch account’ drop-down.


    Google.com header settings drop-down:

    Google.com header settings drop-down.


    Google.com header user name drop-down:

    Google.com header user name drop-down.


    Looks really neat!


    Google Reader hasn’t yet switched to the new header for me.

    • Fhrostbyte 12:42 on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It “looks” neat, but fundamentally it is extra work. There is mass outrage on Google forums, as now there is at minimum an extra click (plus mouse movement) to sign out, switch accounts, go to settings, etc etc. Some may mock others for complaining about such miniscule extra effort, but the big question is WHY did they add this complexity? Does it actually contribute anything, or is it just pointless extra work? Was this just busy-work so someone could justify his continued employment?

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 18:45 on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I had a similar discussion with my friend today. Yes, it some operations require more clicks. But it definitely does look neat. And since Google does react to feedback quickly, you can expect them to improve on the design.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 10:43 on June 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gmail, , Google Calendar, Google Reader   

    Request to Google: Improve the link strip and make it behave consistently 

    The Google link strip present in some of Google’s web applications, though useful, can be improved a bit to improve the general usability of the applications.

    When using Gmail/Google Reader/Google Calendar, if the window is not maximized, the display of the link strip is inconsistent across these applications.

    In Gmail, the link strip wraps to the next ‘line’, with the application specific links moving to the 2nd line.

    Google link strip in Gmail.

    When the window is maximized/restored, the page realigns, which is a bit irritating.

    In Google Reader and Calendar, the links on the left side and the ones on the right side overlap when the window is not maximized. The result looks ugly!

    Google link strip in Google Reader.

    Google can do better! Make the web application links on the left size auto adjust, with the ‘extra’ ones moving to the drop down menu under ‘more’. Like this:

    Fix the Google link strip like this.

    In the above ‘paint-shopped’ image, the ‘Web’ link is now hidden under the ‘more’ drop down list.

    Of course, this won’t work under all conditions. But for use under ‘normal conditions’, this looks and works much better than the existing (inconsistent) implementation.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 05:35 on December 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gmail, Technology   

    Gmail labels trick for IMAP folders: Make all labels appear together. 

    Gmail recently added IMAP support for their excellent webmail service. Look here for details.

    One of Gmail’s best feature is Labels. If you have the 3 labels, Bank, Receipts and Work, this is how they would appear in Gmail (ignore Junk E-mail — that’s something that Microsoft Outlook creates).


    If you have configured your email client to access Gmail through IMAP, this is what you are going to see (using Microsoft Outlook 2007 as an example).


    Confused? Unable to spot your labels that were so clearly visible in Gmail? Me too! More so if you have a lot more labels (I am sure most power users have more than the three labels that I use in this example 🙂 ).

    There is a simple solution for this. In Gmail, edit label names and add a common prefix to all labels. In the example below, I have used the ‘~’ (tilde) character as prefix. With this change, all labels appear one after the other in the email client. No need to look through the list of folders anymore to identify labels!


    But wait… There are even more ways to organize your labels and emails! In Gmail, edit label names and add a prefix followed by ‘/’ (forward slash). In this example, I have added the prefix ‘Labels/’ to each label (See image below for how it looks).


    Now look at the folder structure in the email client. All labels appear under the ‘Labels’ sub-folder! Isn’t this even better?


    You can take this further by creating different label structures (E.g.: Info/Bank, Shopping/Receipts, Shopping/Tracking etc.). You can even do multi-level label hierarchy (E.g.: Work/Project1/HiP, Work/Project1/LoP, Work/Project1/All etc.) — be creative here!


    1. I have tested this only on Microsoft Outlook 2007.

    2. I discovered the label hierarchy feature when I created a new label with a ‘/’ character in it and Outlook displayed part of it as a sub-folder.

    3. If someone already knows about this, well, good for them!

    4. If this is as per IMAP specification, great! Good for us…

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    • Sam Soffes 06:35 on April 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I love the slash trick. It works great in Apple Mail and on my iPhone. Thanks

    • Canned 07:59 on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

      cheers, Canned

    • Daniel Andrews 23:58 on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a really neat trick! I’ll give that a shot.

      Of course, then your labels in Gmail say “labels/whatever” next to the tagged items. That’s kind of obnoxious. I guess you just can’t win with Gmail’s IMAP implementation.

    • Dileepa Prabhakar 09:48 on September 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, but if you are using a desktop client, it’s really useful. Google can help by grouping all labels under the ‘Labels’ tag in their IMAP implementation.

    • Eugene 00:57 on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can see the labels as folders in my WM6 outlook. But the mails from the labels are not downloaded to the mobile. Please help.

    • Rob 00:57 on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice trick, but completely unnecessary! Just set the root folder to [gmail] in order to keep folders at the same level:

      Tools -> Account Settings -> (your Gmail account) -> Change -> More Settings -> Advanced
      set Root Folder Path to “[Gmail]” without the quotes

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 08:01 on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The labels and Inbox are presented at a different level to [Gmail]. So that doesn’t work quite right. Even if that works for you, this still applies if you want to group labels together.

    • Pali Madra 06:16 on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey neat trick

      I had question about Gmail IMAP. If I have a filter which labels an email with a particular tag will that email still appear in my inbox or it will appear in that folder in my email client (in my case thunderbird)?

      Thanks for your help.

      Pali Madra

    • Zorg 11:36 on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the part where you say:

      (ignore Junk E-mail — that’s something that Microsoft Outlook creates)

      I mean, I know you mean “ignore the label Junk E-Mail” but I chose to
      interpret it …. well … a little differently.

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