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Templates in Gmail…

April 14, 2016
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Now I missed this one – it’s so simple… Have you ever needed a template in gmail?
Do you go and copy and edit an old one like i used to do?

I’m a Gmail/Gdrive user even though I primarily use Apple devices. But, it’s taken me years to discover gmail’s template feature (called “Canned Responses”).

To enable templates, or “Canned Responses”, in Gmail:

Click the Settings in Gmail’s toolbar, select Settings from the menu and go to the ‘Labs’ tab.
Make sure Enable is selected for Canned Responses.
and remember to Save Changes.

To save a template email in Gmail:
(Make sure “Canned Responses” is enabled.)

Compose the message in Gmail.
Leave both the Subject & To fields can be left empty.
Then the HIDDEN BIT!
Click the down triangle ▾ (more options) in the message toolbar bottom right.
Select Canned responses and ‘New canned response’ and give it a name.

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Now to use and send a canned message

Start a new email and then… Click the down triangle ▾ (more options) in the message toolbar bottom right.
Select Canned responses and insert your chosen saved canned response, (yes I agree horrible name) or template as it could be called!

(Another feature is you could you use Gmail’s message filters and have Gmail reply with a canned response.)

Kinda cool! as our buddy Jeff Witchel would say.

Enjoy!

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