9 Gmail tips that will let you take a long lunch

Head home early or linger over lunch with these time-saving Gmail tips and add-ons.

Use Gmail As Online Storage

When Gmail debuted, it was known for the generous amount of storage space (1GB) it alloted to users. Now users get almost 7.5GB to work with, and most of them aren't using all of it (I currently have 11,347 messages stored in my account, and yet I've filled only about 29 percent of my storage space). So, what are you supposed to do with all that space?

Easy: Use it for online data storage. E-mail files to yourself, and you'll always have your important files within reach (as long as you have an Internet connection). Individual files may be up to 25MB each--a fairly decent size.

Gspace, a handy Firefox add-on, makes online storage even easier. Once you've installed Gspace, select Tools, Gspace to transfer files from your hard drive to your Gmail account (they'll show up in Gmail as e-mail messages). Though you can't transfer larger files (the maximum file size for Gspace is 19MB), files of acceptable size transfer much faster.

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