To write online, you must format your text. Additionally, it can make your content easier to read. When you format your text in a way that makes it clearer, you will increase the chances of people actually reading it. Anyone who works online should master basic text formatting.
This tutorial shows how to edit text in Gmail, including strikethrough, highlighting, and embossing. We’ll also show you how to unsubscribe from marketing emails and enable preview mode in Gmail.
Gmail Strikethrough: How To Text Using Gmail
The current version of Gmail does not support strikethrough by default despite the fact that one would think it would be included by default. Even though it is a feature you might not use often, it is sometimes the only way to format something correctly – so it is a useful skill.
Strikethrough text must be formatted in Docs and then copied and pasted into Gmail to appear in the email. Here are the steps.
- Sign in to Google Drive.
- Write your text in a new document.
- You can strike through certain text by selecting it.
- Choose “Format” and “Strikethrough.”
- Make a copy of the text.
- Click “Compose” in Gmail.
- Copy and paste the text.
Even though this process is a little convoluted, it accomplishes the task. You will lose formatting if you set Gmail to only send Plain Text. Here’s how to do it:
- To compose a message, click “Compose.”
- In the lower right corner, you can click the three vertical dots.
- Select “Plain Text Mode” if it is checked.
The strikethrough should remain intact if you paste again.
You can now format your emails directly within Gmail once Rich Text has been enabled.
In Gmail, bold text is displayed
It stands out when the text is bolded. Use bold text to make it easy to find, draw attention to it, or emphasize it.
- Select “Compose” in Gmail.
- In the new email window, click the underlined “A” next to “Send” to access text options.
- Click on the “B” in the window to embolden the text.
To dynamically bold text, highlight it and press Ctrl + B (Cmd + B for Mac).
Google Mail: Highlight text
The use of highlights in email is rarely seen outside of the office, but it is possible if you are interested.
- Go to Gmail and select “Compose.”
- The compose window will allow you to highlight text.
- Click the underlined “A” next to “Send” in the compose window to view text options.
- Select a color option by selecting another underlined “A” in the pop-up box.
- Select a background color from the left
On the left, you can change the color of the background, and on the right, you can change the color of the text.
Gmail’s filters can sometimes overlook junk email, or if you subscribed to an email and no longer wish to receive it, you can unsubscribe by looking for the link at the bottom, or you can cheat. Google knows how frustrating it can be to receive junk email constantly, which is why it makes it easy to unsubscribe.
- Gmail should open the email.
- You can opt out by clicking the gray “Unsubscribe” button next to the sender’s name.
- Simply click “Unsubscribe” in the popup, and Gmail will remove you automatically.
It is easy to unsubscribe from some marketing emails, but others bury the unsubscribe link so it is hard to find so you cannot do so. Let’s see how.
Unsubscribe rules are known to be abused by a few annoying marketers. Click “Spam” to make sure that you never see the email again. If you choose to unsubscribe, a pop-up window will ask you to report it as spam. You can make sure that Gmail never shows you that email again by selecting the second option. However, this option should only be used sparingly – its use can damage the reputation of the sender.
In addition to helping you manage your inbox, Google keeps adding features to let you do more. In Gmail, keyboard shortcuts are not enabled by default. Here’s how:
- Select the settings cog icon in Gmail.
- Scroll down to “Keyboard shortcuts” under “Settings.”
- Turn on keyboard shortcuts by clicking the “Keyboard shortcuts on” setting.
That’s all! You can now navigate through Gmail with your keyboard. You can get to your inbox by pressing “g” then “i.” The “C” key will open the compose window. The “E” key will archive an email. Similarly, “j” and “k” will browse between emails.
The following tips will help you use Gmail more efficiently. Thank you for reading!
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