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Replacing MS Outlook with Gmail
November 15, 2010
10:04 am
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David Cross
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I have been using Microsoft Outlook since it was created, way back when. A few years ago, I got a Gmail account and that is my only email account now. I send everything from Gmail to Outlook so I can have it on my laptop when I am not connected to the Internet. I have two questions.

 

1.  When I receive an email with several or many pictures inbedded in it, Gmail usually won't show all of the pictures. It shows some of them and not all in order. It will skip some and show others further down in the document. How can I get it to show all the pictures every time?

 

2. Can I use Gmail on my computer when I am offline and if so, how?

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

November 16, 2010
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Barbara Dalderis
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Are you using the full blown Outlook that comes with MS Office?  I have been using Outlook 2003 and now 2007 and had to drop it when I got a Droid X.  I tried syncing my email, calander and contacts it with the Droid and it was a mess even using some software designed to help.  The presentation on the Droid wasn't very good and I had lots of mistakes in the data.  I would love to go back to Outlook.

 

So I'm not sure it you want to sync your Gmail with Outlook or Outlook Express.  I have my email set to download to Thunderbird, since Win 7 dropped Windows Mail.  I too like to download my mail rather than read it on line.  But between the Droid and Win7 it is not as easy as it once was.

 

Barbara

November 16, 2010
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Funny you should ask about Gmail and Outlook right now.  Jim and I were just talking about how we want to do some videos on how to use Gmail for everything.  You can set gmail to use any other email as both incoming and outgoing servers.  So, even tho I use gmail to process my email, I rarely use the @gmail.com address.  I use gmail to send, but when you receive it, it comes 'From' me at my geeksontour.com address.  See this article for more info on that: http://wifisavvy.com/2010/01/0…..your-mail/

Anyway – you asked about pictures.  I haven't experienced that – I'd have to look into it.  Jim?  do you know?

As for working offline – yes!  that's easy.  It's just a setting  – the settings button at the top right of the screen when you're using Gmail.  Then click the 'Offline' tab, then 'Enable Offline for this Computer'

This will synchronize all your emails to your computer for whatever time period you specify.  From then on, you can access Gmail the same old way – thru your browser – but if you're offline, you just won't be receiving any thing new.  There is also an icon on your desktop for Gmail Offline.

November 16, 2010
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I guess I need to clarify a couple of things. When I was in the IT department at Carter Hawley Hale, we had MS Office, including Outlook, running off MS Exchange. I, being the geek and glutton for punishment, always had to have the latest and greatest on my PC at home. I always built my own machines from parts. Anyway, I currently have MS Office 2007, including Outlook. Since retiring and going full time, I no longer have an ISP so I opened a Gmail account. Then I told Outlook to sync up with that account. When I look at email online in Gmail, most of the time I don't see all of the pictures. I might see the first 2 or 3 and then it skips 1 or 2 and shows me 6-9 and skips 10 and 11, etc. When I download it to Outlook and open it there, all of the pictures show up every time. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium. While I have a Droid 2, I don't usually look at my Gmail account there, but I have with no real problems except when I delete a piece of mail on the Droid, it doesn't delete it in Gmail. I wish it did. I haven't used Notes or Calendar and don't want to right now. My contacts are a mess, but that is partly because they were a mess before I got the Droid. Garbage in, Garbage out! I am working on cleaning them up now and will see how they sync up after that effort. I just bought an iPAD 64G and a Kindle, so I am real busy trying to learn all the new stuff. If I enable Offline for this computer can I reverse that ifd it doesn't work the way I expect or will I have another huge mess to clean up?

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

November 16, 2010
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I think your images issue must have something to do with security.  Just checking some things:

  1. Do you click on the link to 'Display Images Below' – or do you not even have that link?
  2. Have you tested opening a gmail message with missing images in different browsers?  IE? Firefox? Chrome?

Here is a google forum thread that may shed some light: http://www.google.com/support/…..#038;hl=en

 

As for turning on the offline feature – no, it won't create a mess like your merged contacts – because you don't have any gmail emails on your computer now.  So it is only going one way … from web to computer.  And, yes, you can turn it off at any time.  I've even turned it off for a month then turned it back on.

November 17, 2010
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Oh … you mention that 'when you delete a piece of email with Droid, it's not deleted in Gmail.'

You should look into that.  On mine, Droid and Web-based Gmail, and Offline Gmail are all exactly the same – anything done on one is synchronized to the others.

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