How to Adjust Gmail’s General Settings

Despite the fact that it may seem not that hard to choose and apply certain options in Gmail’s general settings, it may turn out to be a bit complicated in any case. Given the abundance of options Gmail offers to its users, it takes a quite bit of time to get oriented in the settings and apply the options that suit you best. The simple guide, written in plain English and presented below, takes you across all the general settings of your Gmail account. Enjoy!
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This way looks the page of Gmail’s general settings of your account; you are able to change a large number of options

Step 1. Open the browser, then go to the website of Google (

Step 2. In the list of Google Apps, choose Gmail. Then, type your email and password in.

Step 3. After having signed in to your Gmail account, go to the upper-right corner and click on the button of settings (the one that is similar to a cogwheel).

Step 4. In the pop-up menu, which has just opened in front of you, you have to give a click to “Settings.” Now, the page of Gmail’s general settings will be opened. Let us see what one may find there:

  • Language. First of all, here you can choose the language of Gmail’s interface. In addition to that, you can opt to change the language of other Google products here, too. The line below allows you to enable or disable input tools (they online keyboard) and change its language or add different ones. The last feature, which is turned off by default, allows you to enable right-to-left editing.
  • Phone numbers. Here you should specify only the country of your phone number, which, however, must be specified by default.
  • Maximum page size. Specify the number of contacts and emails that can be displayed on one page.
  • Images. By default, all external images are automatically displayed. You can turn it off here, and they the system will ask your permission.
  • Default reply behavior. When you receive an email, it could be sent to several people. If you place a tick near “Reply all”, then you will reply not solely to the sender, but also to the people who received the primary letter.
  • Default text style. In this section, you are able to specify how should look the text that you type in your email letters.
  • Conversation View. Emails from the same sender and of the same topic are grouped together if the feature is turned on, and vice versa.
  • Email via Google+. Here you specify who can send a letter to you via Google+ (by default, everyone is able to).
  • Send and Archive. Allows you to choose either to hide (by default) or to show “Send & Archive” button in response letters.
  • Undo Send. If you turn this feature on, it allows you within a certain period of time (that you specified) to undo a letter sending.
  • Stars. Here, you can choose how many different starts will be used for the letters: 1, 4 or all 11.
  • Desktop Notifications. You are able to turn the notifications about incoming letters on your PC.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. It allows you to turn them on.
  • Button labels: they can be either icons or text.
  • My picture. If you select a specific picture, everyone who receives your emails will see it.
  • People Widget. By enabling this feature, you will see the information about conversation participants.
  • Create contacts for auto– If you send a letter to someone new, the person is automatically added into your contact list.
  • Importance signals for ads. This will make ads, displayed to you, more exact.
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  • Personal level indicators. A double arrow will show that certain letters were sent only to you.
  • Shows brief parts of the letters.
  • Vacation responder. Read about it here.