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It's long been possible to insert images, tables, and charts into Gmail - if you knew HTML and how to copy/paste code into the entry field. That's no longer necessary as Gmail has added the ability to insert images directly inline from inside the editor itself. This is a Google Labs project, so it may change in the future, but it's working now, and it works fine.
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To enable inline images, start from the Gmail main window and click Settings → Labs. Scroll down and find "Inserting Images." Click the "Enable" button to start the service.
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Then click "Save Settings" at the bottom of the page.
When you go to "Compose" in Gmail, you'll see a new icon in the toolbar that looks like a landscape from a window. (If the toolbar is not showing, click on "Rich formatting" to enable it.)
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When clicked, a dialog opens offering to browse your PC for the image content or to obtain it from a web address.
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When the image is inserted, you have the option of making it small, medium, large, or the original size. Here's what an inserted image looks like in the text.
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Inserting images in Gmail is pretty easy, but Gmail's default is not to show images. So if you're sending mail to another Gmail user, they'll need to click "Show images below." It's thus a good idea to mention that your message contains inline images, at least until Gmail users start expecting them.
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We mentioned earlier that's it's possible to paste in HTML to add various content to Gmail. If you've been doing that in order to have a custom signature block and you're using Firefox, that's gotten easier, too. The answer is "Blank Canvas," a Firefox add-in that automatically injects your HTML signature based on which email address you're using. Don't know HTML? Blank Canvas makes that easy, too. They provide a tutorial and real-time preview of the result when you're editing your signature.
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Offline Gmail - How to Get it Up and Running in Windows - Gmail just got a little smarter. Unlike with Hotmail or Yahoo!, you can now use your Google Gmail in an offline mode. This is a minor boon for laptops, tablets, and the mobile warriors that wield them. Here we look at installing and using offline Gmail, complete with screen shots.
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How to Set Up Google Gears in 64-bit Linux for Offline Gmail - Want to use Firefox and Google Gmail in offline mode? Currently, 64-bit Linux versions are not supported by the Google Gears package. You can trust the Linux community to come through with the fix, however. Here, in pictures and text, is how to run Google Gears in 64-bit Linux.
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Lion for Leo.org - Highlight and Click for German Pronunciations and Definitions - Learning German and just can't remember the word you need? Help could be only a swipe of the mouse and a click away. Lion is a fast, handy interface to the Leo.org website. It works in most Windows applications and is free for personal use. Let's try it out.
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Quick Tip: How to Test High Resolution Video - Want to find out what high-definition video looks like on your current Vista or high-end XP PC without spending any money or buying any additional equipment? You'll find out quickly if your PC can handle 720p or 1080. video. All you need is a fast Net connection and Windows Media Player 9 or 11.