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Updated April 2014
I suppose that there will always be Gmail updates. Always. I should get used to it.
June 10, 2014. Minor updates and stuff.
April 18, 2014. Various updates and refresh.
November 25, 2013. Minor cosmetic changes.
Exploring the Inbox
As with many other Android apps, Gmail features a navigation drawer. It slides in from the left side of the screen when you touch the App icon in the upper left corner of the screen, as illustrated in Figure 1. (If the navigation drawer doesn't appear, then keep touching the App icon until you're viewing the main Gmail screen.)
Messages are flagged by large, colorful icons. The icons show the first letter of the contact who sent the message or, when the person is one of your contacts and that contact has a picture, you'll see the contact picture.
Basic Gmail commands can be found atop the screen, as shown in Figure 2. Additional commands, such as Settings, are found at the bottom of the navigation drawer (refer to Figure 1).
Select multiple messages by touching the contact icons, as illustrated in Figure 3. Continue selecting messages, then use the actions atop the screen to do various interesting things with the messages. Additional actions are available by touching the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
Creating a New Message
To write a new Gmail epistle, hunt down the Compose button, shown below.
Touch that button to view the Compose window, shown in Figure 4.
To save a draft copy of the message, touch the Menu icon and choose the Save Draft command.
To cancel the message, touch the Menu icon and choose Discard. Touch the OK button to confirm.
To change your Gmail Signature, follow these steps:
Replying and Forwarding
Replying to a message is done by choosing a reply option, illustrated in Figure 4. These options — Reply, Forward, and Reply All — always appear at the top of a message, as shown in the figure.
The commands in the gray area (above, in Figure 5), are Archive, Delete, Change Labels, and Move to Label.
The Reply All command is found on the Action Overflow menu for a message (next to the Forward icon).
Adding Message Attachments
Attachments in your messages look similar to Figure 5, adorned with the popular paperclip icon. Touch the menu icon to control how you'll deal with the attachment, as shown in Figure 6.
Your two key options are Preview and Save. Choose Preview to display the attachment in the message. Choose Save to download the attachment. It can be viewed by using the Downloads app.