gmail notification on MacI live in Gmail  I have to if I want to keep up with contacts, check the latest Chrome OS commits, follow up on bug reports, read the handy tips you folks send in every day!

But that’s a lot of information to digest. So, to help me stay on top of it all, i use Gmail’s desktop notifications.

These handy pop-ups fly in on my desktop the moment that a new message lands in my inbox. With quick glance I can see whether it requires immediate attention or whether it’ll keep until I have more time to attend to it.

In short: I couldn’t live without them.

Enable Gmail Desktop Notifications

turn on gmail desktop alerts

The good news is that you don’t need to install any sort of fancy-pants desktop app, panel applet or browser add-on to get notified of new mail. Gmail has a built in option for it, all you have to do it turn it on!

  1. Open GMail in Chrome and sign in
  2. Click the cog icon in the upper-right and select ‘Settings’
  3. In the “General” tab, scroll down to ‘Desktop Notifications’
  4. Click the “click here to enable desktop notifications for Gmail” link
  5. Click “Allow” to see notifications

With desktop notifications enabled you can go pick one of the three notification options listed:

  • New Mail Notifications – see alerts for all messages that land in your primary inbox
  • Important Mail Notifications – only see alerts for mail marked as ‘important’
  • Mail Notifications Off – don’t show any mail alerts

When you’re done make sure that you scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the ‘Save Changes‘ button to save your settings — don’t just close the tab!

Now, whenever Gmail is open in Chrome, you’ll see notifications of new e-mails, as per your settings.

When gmail notifications arrive from Chrome clicking on a notification will open the mail in Gmail, in a  new tab. You can choose to ignore notifications too, and they will disappear from the screen after a few seconds.

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