While there’s no shortage of email providers, Gmail’s simple design, ease of use and cool features continue to attract users. Whether you’re sorting through hundreds of work emails a day or using the service to keep in touch with friends and family, keeping up to date on its latest features can help you get the most out of it.
Here’s a look at five of Gmail’s newest features, including quickly adding appointments to your calendar, customizing your background image and using advanced search to find the email you’re looking for.
1. How to add events to your calendar
If you use Gmail to coordinate or schedule meetings, Google has made adding them to your Calendar—without leaving Gmail—easy.
Beginning last week, all dates and times in emails appear underlined. Hover over them to preview your schedule for the day and change the title, date or time of the event. Click “Add to Calendar” will do just that. The entry in your calendar will also include a link back to the original email, making the details easy to reference.