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Google tweaks to Gmail to give users more control

Google has made minor changes to Gmail to eliminate some of the 'pet peeves' reported by users on the Gmail help forum."While we enjoy creating new solutions to old problems with features like Priority Inbox, those little annoyances and missing pieces are important, too," Sara Goetz, consumer experience specialist, wrote on the Gmail blog on Wednesday.
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Written by Ben Woods, Senior reporter on

Google has made minor changes to Gmail to eliminate some of the 'pet peeves' reported by users on the Gmail help forum.

"While we enjoy creating new solutions to old problems with features like Priority Inbox, those little annoyances and missing pieces are important, too," Sara Goetz, consumer experience specialist, wrote on the Gmail blog on Wednesday. "Recently, we've rolled out several small tweaks to Gmail to show it a little extra love."

The tweaks include the ability to turn off the 'Auto-save contacts' setting to avoid cluttering up the address book and easier transitions between certain actions. For example, if a user clicks the "Filter messages like this" option, Gmail will now go straight back to the message being viewed after setting up the filter.

Other changes include the addition of a refresh button — instead of the word 'Refresh' next to all the other buttons in the menu bar — and better warnings for typos in email addresses entered.

"In the old days, when you accidentally left out the '.' 'in your '.com', Gmail would tell you there was an error but not point it out. Now, it'll let you know which address has the problem — much easier when sorting through a long 'To:' list," Goetz said.

Rounding off the list of tweaks is a keyboard shortcut guide — accessed by pressing Shift + ? — and "fewer annoying pop-ups", for example, replying to a message from the 'Trash' no longer results in an error pop-up.

On 10 March, Google introduced Smart Labels for Gmail in order to help users better manage their inboxes.

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