Gmail annoyances


Why is discard not going in trash??
Okay. For the week I used a new mail in Gmail as collector place for my notes. Mind you, I was on a conference and had a lot jotted down.

Now, some minutes ago, by accident, I hit instead of Save the Discard button. One week gone. Yes I know that it said discard. And yes, it would be bothersome if it would always ask for ‘do you really want that’. But in this case, I really really would have liked to say “ups no!”.

And why is save and discard anyhow so close together? Why does discard not put this into the trash?
I would it expect to go in there but as I just discovered it does not.

Filters. I want “not in”.
And could someone please show someone at Goggle that it would be much more efficient if I had the possibility to filter on something which does *not* have the label X? I would like to work with all the files in my Gmail which does not have a special tag on it – but I can’t. I only can try to filter them based on another mechanism, label them all Y (one page at a time …. great if you have hundreds of them), filter all of them which already have label X, remove from them Y and in the end use “filter all, which still have Y”. Great.

Spam and the threaded conversations
I sometimes do have messages which are to be deleted. Either because they are big, or because all my comments for a blog entry are threaded – and suddenly there is spam in between. Or I want to throw out one single message. I can’t. Because it threads.

Yes, threading is nice. But I want to see the single message.
I do have a sense for “which person send me roughly the mail when”. I can’t sort for this in Gmail. I only can try to search for the name and then go through the conversation one by one, hoping I can find what I am searching. And why can’t I thread an attachment? Yes, I like to do that.

Why can’t I drag and drop mails onto filters? Why do I have to mark them and select from a small (!) drop down window – and if I want more than one, i have to do it over and over again. Why can’t I drag and drop messages onto a filter and when I press shift during that, it removes the filter?

Refine search
Why can’t I still not search in complex terms? I know how to write a filter for what I want. Take a look at what Outlook is offering you into their extended search for mails. Well, that is not perfect either, but it is defenetly more.

Why does mail I have sent over time come down as “sent today”?

Saved searches / limited display
Why can’t I save favorite searches? They are not the same as labels.

If I have to search to work with my files / mails, I usually have more than 20 results. Make that more like 200 – and try to go through all of those pages …

Mailing lists
Tried to use it for that, unusable. Still have my normal pop3 account for this.

And the one thing annoying me the most:
In Firefox the focus is not set ‘in’ the page after loading. You have to at least once click into the page somewhere to activate it and be able to start using for example compose.

How about your?


9 Responses to “Gmail annoyances”

  1. hilary says:

    Since there is a menu to view only starred, sent or all items, why not one for Unread Mail? When it’s time to go though items I’ve been too busy to read, it would certainly make me happy to only see those that are unread.

  2. Nicole says:

    Enter is:unread (also working for read, starred) and add if you like an in:label.

    But as I said, the opposite for labels is not available. So you could do is:unread in:inbox :)

  3. hilary says:

    yah! that made my day! thanks nicole.

  4. Neil says:

    the ability to filter on basis of particular LABEL for pop3 downloads!!!

    i dont want to d/l 65mb of data at one go :(

  5. dave says:

    you can do a “not in label” search with -label:blah

  6. Matt says:

    Is there any way of emailing a few people at once – by selecting their names from the contact list, after you’ve written a message?
    I want to send an email to 7 of my contacts, and would like to select them, rather than write their names and addresses in one by one in the address field. At the moment, I have to write the email, open Gmail contacts in another window, select all the contacts I’d like to send to, and then copy and paste all of the addresses into my original I just missing something? At the moment it’s so tedious, and time consuming, I may as well print out the joke and send it by post…

  7. Nicole says:

    You can set up a group and send it to the group.

  8. Rick says:

    So true to your points. Like right now I want to try to clean up space so I’m searching for messages that I sent with attachments. Well it returns them all in a conversation so I can’t easily just delete the attachment files.

    Also, allow partial word searches. Searching for “dog” will not return messages with “dogs”

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