If you wish to instead use IMAP email clients, be sure to review our page on Enabling IMAP Access.
The recommended web browser to access Google services is Google Chrome. Chrome, which is designed by Google, has several important features including automatic updates, and is optimized to take full advantage of Google services. For example, offline access to Mail, Calendar, and Docs is only available via the Offline Google Mail Chrome app. Settings like Desktop Notifications for Mail only work with Chrome. Also, Chrome's Sign In feature allows a user to sync bookmarks, apps, extensions, and browser preferences to their Google Account, making them instantly available via Chrome no matter what computer they're using.
In most email clients, responses to your messages appear as separate messages in the Inbox. When accessing a Google Mail account using a web browser, Google will group all replies to a message by default, creating a single Conversation View displayed in the order messages are sent and received. When you open one message in a conversation, all of your related messages will be stacked neatly on top of each other, so that the newest message is always the one you see first. To see all the messages in a conversation, just click the Expand all button. A conversation will break off into a new thread if the subject line of the conversation is changed, or if the conversation reaches over 100 messages.
Users can change this setting so that replies aren't threaded into conversations, but appear as individual messages in the Inbox:
The browser interface to Google provides separate buttons for Archiving and Deleting when viewing messages in the Inbox.
Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't quite ready for production; they may change, break or disappear at any time. To begin using Labs, click the button in the upper-right corner of the browser and select Settings, then the Labs tab. You can selectively turn the Labs you like on; remember to click Save Changes when your selections are complete.
Listed below are just a few examples of Labs that may improve your experience using the browser to access Google Mail and Calendar.
For mobile devices, it will be more advantageous to use the built-in email apps than a browser to connect to Google accounts. Refer to our instructions for iPhone, iPod, & iPad and Android for recommended configurations.
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