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