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Getting Started with Gmail


This post is designed to guide you through the process of having Gmail as your primary email client and composing a message.


To use Google Apps for Education within CAS, you must register for an account first.

Once you have done so, proceed through the steps below.

Getting Started in Gmail

If you decide to use Gmail as your primary email client, you will first have to forward all e-mail from your UO email account to Gmail.

Once you’re signed in to Gmail, you’ll come to the main home screen:

Gmail home screen

  1. Each app within the Google Apps suite has Google Search capability.
    1. Searches are limited whichever app the user is currently in.
  2. Click Compose to start writing a new email (which will show up as a pop-up within the screen)
  3. Folder menu (custom folders can be added within the Settings menu)
  4. All e-mails within your inbox (or selected folder) will appear here.
  5. Apps Menu: all other Google Apps are just a click away.

Gmail notifies the user of some basic information concerning their account and additional information can be modified to fit user preferences.

Gmail home screen (settings)

  1. Allows user to change keyboard layout and input language.
  2. Settings menu
    1. Allows user to implement filters, add new folders, add new features, and modify themes.
  3. Space used and remaining within the account
  4. Last account activity (time and place)

Composing an e-mail

When composing a new e-mail, click on the Compose button. A pop-up window will appear from the bottom-right.

Gmail - Compose New Email

  1. Click Compose to create a new e-mail
  2. Add To: e-mail address (this will pull contacts from the directory)
    1. Add Cc and Bcc addresses (optional)
    2. Minimize, pop-out, or close the Compose window.
  3. Enter a subject line
  4. Body of e-mail
  5. Add rich text or attachments (from computer or Google Drive)
  6. Send e-mail.

Optional: Works the same as closing the Compose window (in step 2b) and will not save draft to Draft folder.

Links to Additional Content

For more information from Google regarding Gmail: click here.