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2009

How to use your Gmail offline

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gmaillabsPut in this way it doesn’t make a lot of sense, isn’t it? Anyway, that’s what it is. As a matter of fact, with the classic “noiseless” way which distinguishes the most important G in the world, Google has recently released just in the UK and in the USA so far, a smart service which lets people use their Gmail account offline.

There are certain times where it is really impossible to retrieve an Internet connection. It may happen everywhere. In your house, at work, while on vacation,  even with your super tech 3G phone, in a remote place such as the beautiful countryside or the seaside and such. At this point what are the alternatives you have got? I am going to be straight: none! That’s why the guys at Google Lab have got a wonderful idea. Turn Gmail to an Offline application. But what does the heck mean? Simple, once this feature is turned on (for this you do need an Internet connection of course) “Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network.” With Offline Gmail you will be able to do everything, read and write your emails, star and label them and do the other things you usually do with your Gmail. Of course everything will be stored in your PC and as soon as Gmail detects an Internet connection it will try to synchronize your computer cache with the Gmail servers. To turn this feature on, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to the the Labs tab in your Gmail.
  2. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
  3. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail to turn it on.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline” link in the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it.



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