17 tips and tools to make Gmail more productive and powerful

Live your life in Gmail? These tricks and add-ons will make Google’s email service more powerful, productive, and pleasant to use
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Take control of your inbox

For as much time as many of us spend in Gmail, the service is essentially a virtual home. And as any good homeowner knows, there's always something you can do to spruce up your living space and make it work better for you.

In Gmail's case, there's a lot of handiwork just waiting to be done -- advanced settings to enable, interesting features to be embraced, and third-party programs to install. Google itself just unveiled a new tabbed interface that can change the way you think about email. But that's barely scratching the surface.

So dig in and try a few of these less publicized inbox improvements. Your e-property value will skyrocket -- and your quality of virtual life is guaranteed to improve.

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