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Google has been paying more attention to its search feature lately, and after launching the Knowledge Graph Google Goes Back To What It's Good At & Revamps Search With Google Knowledge Graph [Updates] Google Goes Back To What It's Good At & Revamps Search With Google Knowledge Graph [Updates] Remember Google, the search provider? With all that's been going on other fronts, it’s sometimes possible to forget what lies at the source of this huge company. Apparently, Google hasn’t forgotten, and after quite a... Read More last week, it’s now also improving search in Gmail as well. We all know that Google’s auto-complete feature is one smart cookie, and now we can enjoy this same functionality in Gmail, with suggestions based on the actual content of our email.

Gmail’s search function was a huge advantage back when it launched, and many users were thrilled to have their entire inbox at their fingertips just by performing a simple search. This new auto-complete feature will make it even easier to find exactly what you need in your inbox, even if you don’t remember the exact keywords you used in the e-mail. So, for example, if you type in “lax”, Google will scan your e-mails and suggest search terms you’ve actually used in your email. This should make specific email easier to find.

So how can Google auto-complete our searches like that? Well, it’s no secret that Google are using our email content for advertisements. If you’ve ever written an email about someone else’s baby and got to enjoy diaper ads for the whole day, you already know this. This new feature will take advantage of the same technology, but this time we’ll be getting some improved performance out of it.

The new feature will be rolled out in English over the next few days, and more languages will be added over the next few months. As usual, the feature will not be available for Google Apps users at first, but will reach them sometime in the (hopefully near) future.

What do you think of this new auto-complete feature? Is it a breach of privacy, or a useful search feature?

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Source: Gmail Blog

  1. Bruce
    October 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Yara,
    Can you help me figure out why autofill or autocomplete isn't working when I begin typing To: addresses in Gmail? Same problem in cc. bcc.

    I am using Chrome and have not changed or updated.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Bruce,

      I'll try to understand the problem. Gmail doesn't offer you options when you start typing in the To: field? You want to start typing a name or an address, and have it auto-complete?

  2. Julie
    May 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    why can't i read my gmail on my laptop? i could yesterday. gmail is not recognising my gmail address (above) and won't let me read my gmail on my laptop. Will you fix the problem please? thank you. Julie

  3. Julie
    May 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

    not a happy gmail user. i cannot get any help from gmail help desk when i ring re why i can't log onto my gmail account on my laptop. i could yesterday but not today. gmail on my laptop does not regognise my gmail account. why??? please fix it so i can read my gmail emails on my laptop. i get my gmail on my mobile phone so that is not an issue.i want to eadmy gmail on my laptop like i could yesterday!!!!! thank you. Julie

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Julie,

      It's hard for me to say why your Gmail is not working. Hope it's fixed by now. If not, you could always try asking over at MakeUseOf Answers. Good luck!

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