Gmail is one of the best services from Google, and I’m one of the users of this free web-based e-mail service, and you can also have it through Gmail registration.
Many users consider Gmail as one of the best free email providers, according to current reports from Google, which is accessible from a web browser anywhere in the world. To have this application up running on your computer, simply create a Gmail account and sign into your Gmail page as easy as ABC.
However, have you ever thought about this fact that you can use Gmail for more than just emailing? I’m not only talking about using this application as online file storage, but there are more valuable benefits which we can use Gmail for.
If you’ve recently created a Gmail account, then you may be overwhelmed by all the options available on Gmail before you had your Gmail account sign up created.
Without any doubt, having a Gmail account has got to be an important thing for you now, even though there are many other services provided by Google which can take care of our everyday needs.
In this post, I will try to show you some hidden and useful ways which you can use Google Gmail account for other than sending and receiving e-mails.
1. Use Gmail as an Open ID
In my next post, I will discuss about Open ID and also let you know what Open ID is all about, but now you need to know that Google Gmail account can be used as Open ID.
2. Use Gmail as a free online file conversion tool
This is one of the cool features of this Google app, which anyone can use online regularly to spare your time and work, although people I know that write content on their blogs never know it exists and don’t think about it.
You can make the most out of Google Gmail as an online file conversion tool and you don’t have to install third-party application like PDF2HTML or Adobe Acrobat for this. You can easily convert doc, xls, ppt, rtf, pdf and new Office 2007 document configurations like docx, xlsx and pptx into HTML without using any third-party tool or web-services.
Simply attach any of these files into a mail and send it to yourself, once you receive the email, open it and click on “view as HTML”. You have simply saved yourself at least 5 minutes of your labor or much more if you would have used any other product for the same job.
3. Use Gmail as your online storage
Google basically provides unlimited online space that normal users find hard to fill up with online e-mails alone. So why not make use of the remaining space as your personal online files storage area?
Gmail drive is a shell extension for Windows that adds the Gmail storage as a disk in My Computer. All the activities that you normally do with a general hard drive – copy, paste, drag and drop, works for Gmail drive as well. Just know that the data is not stored in your PC, but rather high up there in Google clouds.
If you’re a Linux user, you can experiment with GmailFS which gives you similar function as Gmail Drive in windows. Using this tool, you can mount your Gmail storage room as a file framework and transfer files between them simply like some other disks.
4. Use Gmail to convert a list of HTML links into clickable ones
The people who are not aware of this trick will miss the fact that you can use Google Gmail to convert a list of URL links into clickable HTML links. Just copy the list of the URLs and email them to yourself. Open the mail and you’ll see that Gmail has converted all the links to be clickable.
5. Use Gmail as an MP3 player
In case that you want to experiment with other audio player, make use of Gmail!
Send an MP3 file to your Gmail ID and you’ll see that Gmail has an option to play it. Clicking on the file will open a flash MP3 player which you can play the song without downloading it.
Do you know any other remarkable ways you can utilize Google Gmail, which you can share with us? Please do so in the comment below.