Internet Productivity

5 Gmail Annoyances You Really Hate (and How to Fix Them)

Dan Price 16-08-2017

Gmail is one of the most popular email providers in the world. Along with Outlook and Yahoo, it forms part of a triumvirate of services that control more than 90 percent of the planet’s email market.


However, for an app with more than a billion active monthly users, it can be surprisingly annoying. There are lots of little glitches you need to overcome. Occasionally, they can be bad enough to hinder your productivity.

In this article, we’re going to look at five of the worst Gmail annoyances. Some of them can be solved using workarounds and third-party apps, some of them you’ll just have to live with.

1. Sorting Emails

Let’s picture the scene. You’ve just returned home from an extended vacation, and you’re overwhelmed with new messages in your inbox. Rather than sorting the messages by date, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly sort the list by sender, size, or subject?

Yes, threaded conversations sort of help, but they’re not ideal. The bottom line is that Gmail lacks a way to sort your messages with a single click.

The Workarounds

There are several workarounds, depending what metric you want to sort by.


Sort by Sender: If you want to find emails from someone, type from:[sender’s name] in the Gmail search box.

For a more complex solution, you can use a script. It’ll sort any emails on the current page by sender.

If you’re running Chrome, go to your Gmail inbox, press F12 to activate Developer Tools, then paste the following code into the box. On other browsers, paste it directly into your address box while looking at your Gmail inbox.

!function(){function e(e){var t,a,n,r,l=e.getElementsByTagName("td");for(n=0;n<l.length;n++){if("xY a4W"==l[n].className)for(t=l[n].getElementsByTagName("div"),r=0;r<t.length;r++)if("y6"==t[r].className&&(a=t[r].getElementsByTagName("span"),a.length))return a[0].innerHTML;if(l[n].hasAttribute("role")&&"link"==l[n].getAttribute("role"))for(t=l[n].getElementsByTagName("div"),r=0;r<t.length;r++)if("y6"==t[r].className&&(a=t[r].getElementsByTagName("span"),a.length))return a[0].innerHTML}return""}function t(e,t){return e=e[0].toLowerCase(),t=t[0].toLowerCase(),t>e?-1:e>t?1:0}function a(a){var"tr"),0);if(n.length){for(var r=n[0].parentNode,l=[],g=0;g<n.length;g++)l[g]=[e(n[g]),n[g]];for(l=l.sort(t),g=0;g<l.length;g++)r.appendChild(l[g][1])}}for(var n=document.getElementsByTagName("table"),r=0;r<n.length;r++)if("F cf zt"==n[r].className){a(n[r]);break}}();

Note: This code only sorts the current page of your inbox. Set the maximum page size to 100 (Gear > Settings > Maximum Page Size) first for the best results.


chrome dev tools

Sort by Size: To find emails above a certain size, enter Size:[size in bytes] in the search box. To search in megabytes, add an M to the number. For example, Size:10M would return any emails larger than 10 MB.

gmail size sort

Sort by Filetype: If you want to find certain file types quickly, you can once again return to Gmail’s search box. Just type filetype:[file extension]. For example, enter filetype:PDF to find PDF attachments.


2. Deleting Emails

How do you delete emails from your Gmail inbox? Don’t worry; it’s not a trick question. You have to highlight the small check box alongside the email in question, then click on the trash can icon. You can also drag-and-drop messages into your Bin folder.

But wait, what’s that I see on my keyboard? Yes, it’s a Delete key!

Why can’t I just highlight an email and press it? It works on Outlook and Yahoo. For those of us who use lots of keyboard shortcuts to streamline our workflow The Best Ways to Learn All the Keyboard Shortcuts You Will Ever Need There are many keyboard shortcuts you aren't using. We bring you all the right resources to teach you everything you need to know about keyboard shortcuts. Memorize keyboard shortcuts for instant productivity. Read More , it’s a huge annoyance.

Sadly, there’s no Gmail-based workaround here. Your only option is to use a third-party email client The 5 Best Free Email Clients for Your Desktop PC Want the best free email client? We've compiled the best email software for Windows, Mac, and Linux that won't cost you a dime. Read More that supports the feature.


3. Email Signatures

Yes, Gmail supports email signatures How to Make Cool Gmail Signatures Right from Google Drive For beautiful email signatures all you need is the right intent and the message that carries it across. Google Drive gives you the tools to bring your signatures to Gmail without any bother. Read More . So, what’s the problem? Well, it only supports one signature.

For many users, it might never be an issue. But if you have multiple email addresses linked to your Gmail How to Auto-Forward Emails to Multiple Addresses in Gmail Gmail makes it easy to automatically forward emails to multiple accounts. Here's how you can set it up in a few minutes. Read More inbox, only being able to use one signature is highly restrictive. You’ll spend lots of time copying and pasting the right signature from elsewhere — you’re bound to make a mistake every now and again.

Alas, if this issue has been annoying you, don’t worry. We’ve got answers.

The Workarounds

You have two workarounds to choose from. Test them both and see which best suits your needs.

Canned Responses: A lot of users turn to Canned Responses. It’s a Labs feature. You can turn it on by heading to Gear > Settings > Labs and clicking the Enable button alongside the feature’s name. Make sure you hit Save Changes before returning to your inbox.

gmail canned responses

As the name suggests, Canned Responses lets you save pre-formatted automatic replies. You can use these replies to craft multiple signatures. To make an entry, select Compose then click the tiny arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of the email window.

A new menu will pop up. Go to Canned Responses > New Canned Response to create the signature.

Gorgias Templates: Gorgias Templates uses a broadly similar principle, but you’ll need to install it from the Google Web Store. Once it’s up and running, just click the add-on’s icon in the email composition window to set up your signatures.

4. Hidden Signatures

Okay, so you’ve successfully used either Canned Responses or Gorgias Templates, and you now have a shiny set of signature templates, ready for the world to see.

Except, they can’t. Google has decided to hide them behind three tiny dots at the bottom of your email window. Presumably, the company thinks it helps readability.

You can certainly make that argument, but it’s also annoying if you want to see them.

The Workaround

What many people don’t realize is that you don’t even need a workaround for this one. A simple setting can instantly get rid of the annoyance.

To fix the issue, go to Gear > Settings > General and scroll down to the signature section. Underneath the window where you can enter your signature, mark the checkbox next to Insert this signature before quoted text in replies and remove the “–” line that precedes it.

gmail signature

5. The Design

These days, the layout and design of Gmail is many people’s biggest annoyance with the service. Opening your inbox feels like you’re being transported back to 2008. It looks incredibly out of place with the rest of the web.

Remember, we’re talking about a Google product here. That’s the same company that brought us Material Design, a slew of beautifully thought-out Android Apps, and has been busy renovating many of its web apps. Even the much-maligned Google News was recently given an overhaul.

gmail in 2010
Image Credit: GeekShizzle

So why is Gmail stuck in the past? The optimist in me likes to think Google is saving the best until last. A whole new app and 1 TB of free storage for everyone, right?

The pessimist says Google just doesn’t care. With one billion active monthly users, it has the market sewed up. People rarely change email providers, so the company is resting on its laurels.

The Workaround

If you already have an email address from an alternative mainstream provider The 5 Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Outlook As awesome as Microsoft Outlook can be, there are good reasons to consider an Outlook alternative. Here are the best options! Read More , you can almost certainly add your Gmail account into it and use their web app to control your emails. The feature is available in Outlook, Yahoo, GMX,, and many more.

Alternatively, you could try setting a different theme. Yes, the layout will still be the same, but at least you won’t have to keep staring at that unimaginative white background.

gmail theme

To change the theme, go to Gear > Settings > Theme and click on Set Theme. You can use one of Google’s pre-defined offerings or upload your own.

What Annoys You About Gmail?

I’ve shared five of my top frustrations with Gmail and introduced you to a few workarounds that can negate — if not entirely eradicate — the problems. We’ve solved more Gmail problems with Chrome extensions, so you should check those out too.

Want more ways to power up your inbox? Try these desktop and laptop tools for Gmail 5 Gmail Desktop and Laptop Tools to Power Up Your Email Inbox These apps and extensions improve Gmail, turning it into an even cleaner and better email inbox experience. Read More .

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  1. Alec Heesacker
    December 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Google Blocks My Message On Outlook Email And They Have Been Stubborn Recently! I Hate It! I Had Wanted To Tell Consumer Reports That They Weren't Helpful, Because They Did Not Resolve My Dispute On Social Point Snatching $45 From My FCCU Debit Card As An Sense Of Cyber Theft! Social Point Was Taking Advantage Of My Debit Card & Now Google Gives Me This Message! Had Rejected Your Message To Consumer Reports!

    The Emailing System's Stupid! 😡

  2. Megan
    December 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    After a recent update, Gmail attachments open with the preview, and when you click print, it opens another preview and requires you to hit the print button again before even getting to a printer dialog box. Before this update, you could open the preview, and when it opened the next preview the dialog box would automatically open. Anyone have any workarounds or know of tricks to help this?

  3. Patrick Faulkner
    September 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I have been surfing the web with Links in graphics mode for ages. Now Gmail FORCES Java script on you by REQUIRING it to sign in. I can still switch to basic html mode (in a Java-infested web browser like Chrome) but I can never log in from the web browser I've always used! Absolutely ridiculous! There are other ways to provide secure login without shoving Java down one's throat! Can anyone suggest a mail client that doesn't download your mail (and potential malware) onto your machine, or are there any email services out there you can completely use without Java?

  4. Lewis Soffer
    September 4, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I send an email to a cluster of recipients, then I forward to a different group, not copying any of the original recipients. I don't want them to see what I am saying to the other group. Somehow the first group receives a copy of my second email. Very embarassing.

  5. Carol
    August 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Most annoying is that "not spam" does nothing to "train" the spam filter. I do NOT want to clog my Contacts with names of newsletters that I want to see. Perhaps there should be a separate Contact for names like that.

    I have been attempting to "Train" the filter for months on the same names, to no avail. Further, I hate the new look that hogs resources. I don't need "pretty", I need function. And that stupid automatic filtering "promotions" and such is terrible. Slow, bloated, not user friendly......

  6. Paul McGreevy
    July 29, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    how the hell do I "reply all" in gmail. BTY gmail really really sucks,. The company went to it and I can't stand it.

  7. denise
    June 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I despise Gmail's "New Message Composer" popup and I am going to, after many years, find another email to use from now on. So the email you get here won't do you much good.

  8. mb1280
    March 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    TB 60.5.3 auto cc's you on an e-mail you send - why? no way to stop it

  9. Betsy Rosen
    March 5, 2019 at 12:59 am

    You didn't list my most hated gmail thing: "Reader", a big "sheet" or rectangle, dead white, the size of a piece of typewriter paper (on my iMac) that comes up 1-2 seconds after an email appears (not all my emails, but about 50% of them) and which you CAN'T GET PAST! you can't "Reply" or do anything else! It's absolutely frozen! The only way you can get back to the original email is by taking two totally extraneous, extra steps: 1 step: going to View and 2 step: going to "Hide Reader". BUT I NEVER ASKED FOR F-----G "Reader" to begin with! and I can't get rid of it! HELP! I am going out of my mind and my irritation level is out of sight!

    • Sandra Fuehr
      March 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      How did you correct this maddening feature that when you open an email, some them instantly revert to another PDF type page and then you can't to anything with it and have to completely get out of Google and back in to Gmail to again read your messages. This is totally annoying!

  10. Gary
    February 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    The GMail app seems to have an automatic feature the drives me crazy which is to insert unwanted text from other parts of the email that over-write a section I'm trying to correct/edit. I must constantly make sure that I insert a space between words to disable the autmatic insertion or my email becomes incoherent. Is this glich a function of Smart Reply?

  11. B Riseb
    January 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Where did READER come from? I never asked for it, and hate it!!!
    Suddenly, almost whenever I open a new email, it instantly goes into "Reader" mode, where a dead white rectangle pops up with the incoming text on it, somewhat enlarged. The problem is, that rectangle completely covers the original email - which you can't get back to! in order to Reply, Send, or anything else! I can only get rid of it by going to View and then, "Hide Reader", but I have to do this individually, each time! I want to get rid of it permanently!!

  12. Alison M
    December 18, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I hate the way, on the front gmail page, Google assigns 2.2cm to each email whenever my browser window is narrower than 31cm. It is such a spacewaster - the usual height of an email is 9mm. I cannot find any way of fixing this. I would post a screenshot but I can't find anywhere to add attachments.

  13. Michelle
    October 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I HATE that the Junk folder is right next to the Trash folder. I continuously put things in junk that need to just go to trash. Is there any way to fix this issue?

  14. Paul
    August 12, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    My company switched from Outlook to Google Mail last week. It is so awful and primitive. Can’t email a spreadsheet or Word document directly - have to go into gmail to send it. Incoming attachments show up at the bottom as primitive as Yahoo. Where’s the spell check? Even the nomenclature is childish. One thing that is a plus is I check email every couple of hours instead of more frequently. Maybe we’re saving a lot of money but productivity is suffering and that’s a huge expense. In reading the other comments of frustration I can see I’m not alone. Garbage. It’s like using my AOL account from 30 years ago. I have a personal gmail account because it seems that YouTube requires it but I don’t use it for business it’s a joke

    • Evelyn
      May 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      I still hate Gmail and the GSuite for that matter for business and I've been using it for work for two years now. One of the tools I found very useful with Outlook was that I could edit my emails to track tasks. Not in Gmail. No sorting your inbox by sender or date attachment size etc. so much lost functionality! Our company switched to GSuite from Outlook before I started and I'll never understand this move.

  15. Ro
    August 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    1. I cannot edit the subject line at all times like I could when I had Outlook at work.
    2. When replying/forwarding, my new text is in the middle and the entire thread is there twice - above AND below. WTF?!
    3. Once items are in Sent, you cannot move them out of there like I could in Outlook.
    4. If a note is in Trash, I cannot reply to it or forward it.
    5. When printing, the dumb giant GMail logo takes up lots of space.
    6. I want the vertical scroll bar on the left side to always show. Where can I adjust this?
    7. Where can I set up rules for getting incoming eMail to land in certain folders? In Outlook, this was so easy.
    8. I cannot sort my e-mail notes in each folder by simply clicking on column headings like I could in Outlook.
    9. I cannot specify which columns I want to see.
    10. I cannot adjust the column widths.
    11. I cannot stop the annoying auto-indent when replying/forwarding.
    12. Editing is awful. Lots of blank lines get inserted and when I delete them, they all come back... and they also show back up when printing.
    13. Notes cannot be moved back to Sent once you move them to Trash.
    14. As an eMail thread grows, the To and CC lists on the older portions of the thread get removed.
    I HATE G-MAIL with A PASSION. I am plotting my exit...

    • MermaidD
      October 13, 2018 at 5:41 am

      I'm with you.

  16. Marie
    June 18, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I HATE HATE HATE the way there is no option to DEFAULT all threads open (uncollapsed) at ALL times. Sooo annoying to have to search for the little lines and repeatedly try to get an entire convo open.

    I know Gmail knows about this. Why the heck they don't fix it is beyond me.

    • Gucci
      February 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      I agree with you 100%. This is the most non functional piece of Gmail. It's virtually impossible to search your email, because Gmail doesn't extend the existing conversation to previous conversations in one email chain. Also, the other worst thing about Gmail is the fact that the new conversations start on the bottom. Why is this world would you put new newest conversation strings at the bottom. Lastly, why in the world are all the attachments nested in each email string, at the bottom of each email. It's impossible to search for a specific email, and get what you are looking for. Outlook literally does searching for historical emails perfect, and Gmail is literally useless. Terrible email front end. Literally the worst=Gmail!

  17. cin
    June 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    for a long time now, my iPad version of gmail opens vertically & stays vertical until I rotate a few times. it's highly annoying & I cannot find a fix for it.

    iPad users (esp larger ones) use them horizontally - they are NOT a big iPhone!!

    this happened all of a sudden a couple versions back, & there's no way to change it to open horizontally, like it used to.


  18. Darren Stephens
    June 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I had no problem with much of the new Gmail. And then, with the latest upgrade, I CAN'T GET TO OTHER MAILBOXES! I save drafts in Drafts to use as boilerplate, and I couldn't figure out how to get ANY mailboxes to appear! If I learn how to do this, I'll be able to use the newest version of the new Gmail. And deal with the cartoony colors and weird look.

  19. Christina Esterly
    May 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    1. Webex integration– now it takes several steps to add a webex link to a meeting. In Outlook, you just clicked a button to add it, now you have to go to and it’s clunky to figure out what to copy/paste over to the invitation in gmail. And heaven forbid you have changes to the meeting, now you’re many steps into the whole deal whereas it used to update the webex automatically when you moved the outlook meeting planner. This is a big time sink for us
    2. Use of summit wide and personal distribution lists – very hard to figure out which ones to use and where to find them and who the owners are or which ones to use for targeted emails. Very hard to find personal groups (cannot just type the name of the group in the TO field and send like Outlook)
    3. No purple Out of office status for when others view your calendar to set up a meeting
    4. Cannot do file send as(paperclip email icon) within all MS Office docs for a quick way to send an attachment. Now you have to save the file and go into a new email and attach it (2 extra steps – again, slows down productivity) This one was big for me, as I edit and send straight from PPT and Word all the time. Now it’s many extra steps.
    5. Printing docs from gmail is weird – double spaces some items and takes 2 pages versus 1 page in outlook
    6. Cannot open an email from someone, right click and be able to call them directly from the FROM field like Outlook – now an extra step or two to find them in jabber and dial their extenstion.
    7. Seeing if building rooms are booked or free
    8. Have had the gmail inbox freeze up several times and have to refresh browser to work again (again, slows me down)
    9. When adding a group distro list, you have to refresh your browser to get it to work and if you had emails open half typed, it loses all of the emails and you have to start over
    10. Cannot just highlight an email and hit delete on keyboard – have to click on little trash can icon (another step)
    11. Sorting emails in your inbox by clicking quickly on the tool bar like Outlook --Rather than sorting the messages by date, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly sort the list by sender, size, or subject and back again
    12. Lack of multiple signature block types (internal vs. external)

  20. Tomas Brolin
    March 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    My biggest issue with gmail is that it has stopped working with the Mac mail app - I delete emails - and then they show up again - I move emails to local folders - and they show up i the inbox again. Tried reinstalling gmail - but now it not download any of the older messages.
    Seriously - you can not expect someone who receives more the 100 emails per day - with attachments - images - cad files etc - to use the web version that has one of the most unproductive layouts I ever seen.
    I installed Airmail 3 hoping for a better result - but still a lot of issues

  21. Virginia
    November 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    2 things:
    The first is passing my arrow over anything that is accompanied by the sender's picture causes that picture & email address to appear and just be in the way. That includes both incoming emails and the lists of recipients when I'm sending out a bcc email. Very annoying when I'm trying to delete a few of the recipients in that outgoing email. It's not necessary.
    The second thing is the large blank area with a picture of a telephone that's encouraging me to "make a call" is covering up my list of folders on the left side of the emails. I know I can bring the list back by just placing the arrow on top of where they should be and they show back up. But I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A PHONE CALL! So why keep bugging me about it? That area just appeared recently.
    I wish I could include a screen shot, I feel like I'm not describing this 2nd gripe adequately.

  22. Bryan
    September 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    #2 does have a work around, keyboard shortcuts. For example, I have "1" setup to select all unread messages (doesn't really help with Inbox, but it does with Labels, where I sort most mail too), then "2" deletes, "3" marks as read, etc. I can clear out most of the junk mail fairly quickly this way by reading subject lines and seeing if it is something I want to open or not.

  23. Zoni
    August 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Regading design... I use "High contrast" theme and I think Gmail that way looks GREAT! :)

  24. Jaqui Miles
    August 29, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    1. Gmail needs to provide a way for me to create my own categories (and delete some of theirs). Their categories are helpful only to a degree and do not correspond to my idea of categorization.
    2. Stars are great BUT i have to scroll though all the ones in the list to get to the one I want. Why not have a drop down so I can choose from it instead of scrolling?

  25. Sharon
    August 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Speaking of sorting stuff, is Windows 10 ever going to come up with a way of sorting FAVORITES folders/subfolders alphabetically?

    I also don't seem to be able to increase zoom size when reading gmails in Chrome!

    • Jaqui Miles
      August 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Try Command (Mac) or Control (Win) combined with plus (+) or minus (-)
      to increase/decrease text size

  26. Ashley
    August 29, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Why do you worry about all this crap. Just use a sensible programme like Thunderbird and its all available.
    What's more, on my wife laptop (which we sometimes use when we're traveling) we can run three different email accounts on Thunderbird; my Gmail, her Gmail and her old email (which still gets mail coming in).

    On top of all that, I have a bunch of labeled files for sorting emails that I want to keep (and find easily).

    Get Thunderbird - all sorted.

    • wazzat
      August 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      And rely on Tbird to update correctly. No thanks. After trying to do what you said several times up to 3 years ago. Tbird would not configure correctly and I wasn't going to take a study course to fix it.

      • Ashley
        August 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        The obvious answer to that is "Don't keep updating things. "

        If it's not broken, why try to fix it.

        I've had similar problems with most updates - especially browsers, so now I avoid updates whenever I have the option. (Exceptions being stuff like Java etc.)

        • Carol
          August 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm

          YES! An "update" is most often a downgrade. Some you can force to not upgrade, but not Chrome. Then "Big Brother" decides what extensions you rely on are no longer available. Now stop everything productive, try to figure out how to fix the unfixable, spend half a day to solve nothing.

  27. Roger
    August 29, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I have solved all the problems with one step: I have stopped using it! Enough snooping!

  28. mike
    August 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

    The log in sucks. I keep trying to get it to ask for both a log in name and a password and I can't get it to do this. Most security sucks, but gmail by just providing the login name really sucks, I am glad I only use it as a throw away, but I am looking around for a replacement.

  29. MarkB
    August 28, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Not being able to encrypt my emails without a plugin that "oh by the way" requires the recipient to also have the plugin.

  30. Alice
    August 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I'd like my filters to put emails into real folders.

    Yes, I can pull them up from each label in turn. But it still feels like one big mess to me!

  31. michael
    August 28, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Have multiple browsers on my pc and android and I have had heaps of gmail notifications every time I log in. pointless notifying them these are all computer generated and the don't use humans to read emails

  32. Julian Landau
    August 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

    When you search for a subject, why can't you move the results to one of Gmail's subject files?

  33. LagunaMike
    August 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I want to second several people's comments that Thunderbird is the way to go with gmail--most of the annoying features are handled cleaning in it; it has a huge array of add-ons that do a lot of extra things that gmail does not; and it provides you an overall usable system for not only gmail but for virtually every mail system out there.

    I may be missing the beauty of using the Gmail native app, but I'm happy not to have to fight the problems mentioned in the article and in the comments to it.

    • Anita
      August 28, 2017 at 12:47 am

      I was using Thunderbird before I had Gmail so it just seemed like the obvious way to go for me. Folders and filters are the way to go. Try it!

  34. Michael
    August 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The useless vertical lines on the left side of a replied message

    • wazzat
      August 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      And the small draft, composing window. Can't read much of the msg if using large text. Agreed, gmail needs to be redone. It's my main email client.
      Yahoo and Outlook handle spam and block it easily. Gmail's settings suk. Like how do you delete unwanted folders?

  35. Dbob5678
    August 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Using Safari and Chrome on Mac,
    but I use gmail web interface.

    Want to speed up deleting gmails?
    Put checks into boxes on left for as many as you want,
    or for open gmails
    and choose shift + 3 keys.
    Hoila: gmails are delted.

    • Nick
      August 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Or simply set a keyboard shortcut in settings. Q deletes emails by me.

    • Nick
      August 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Or simply create a keyboard shortcut in settings

  36. Johnny
    August 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    You know what annoys me? Getting an email with this article's title as the subject, clicking the first "read the full article" button and discovering that particular button was for an article I don't want to read and this one is actually the third button down.

    • Jaack
      August 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I just opened this from MakeUseOf and this company seems to go out of its way to force readers to find the article that caused me to open the email in the first place. This email is far from the first email to have this deliberate bait and switch technique to force us to see the trash at the beginning of the email! Johnny is spot on as THE ANNOYANCE #1 from MakeUseOf

  37. Cal
    August 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Use Gmail as the back end and something like eM Client or Thunderbird to actually manage the emails. Plus you get off line access should you ever need it.

  38. Mark Corder
    August 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Google does have a Material Design version of Gmail called "Inbox" ( - some may like it's sorting and organizing features better.

  39. Manohar rao
    August 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Of late spam mail is flooding. How to stop from appearing in my box by me or you. Of course I am deleting without reading.
    Please advise.

    • fcd76218
      August 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Go to Settings -> Filters and Blocked Addresses -> Create a New Filter and set up the following filter: If the sender field or the sending address contains certain characters, move the email automatically to TRASH.

      On the same screen you can also block undesirable address.

      Unfortunately, that is another GMail annoyance. The filters cannot be set to "Delete Forever" (very useful for automatically getting rid of Spam). All you can do is move unwanted emails to TRASH and then delete the emails manually.

  40. likefunbutnot
    August 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I hate material design and I hate message threading. The fix to both on Android is to switch to K9 or Kaiten, which support push messaging without shitty misfeatures like those.

    Gmail defaults to quote after reply, which is also terrible and wrong. To quote messages correctly (inline style) in the web interface, click the .. button at the bottom of the text box. It's hard to spot but the payoff in considerate message replies is enormous.

  41. Davin Peterson
    August 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    The one thing that I don't like about Gmail is that it doesn't have the feature to sort your email by who its from, subject or date that Outlook has.

  42. steve
    August 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Man do you get upset with trivial issues - don't know how you handle real life - and as others have pointed out, they aren't really issues.

    • fcd76218
      August 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Just because you've gotten used to the crappy GMail, does not mean others want to put up with it. I was able to sort on any column heading in the display 20 years ago when my email provider was AT&T. Microsoft Exchange provided the same and then some. Google copied a lot of design elements and features for GMail from its predecessors. Why didn't they copy the SORT function? Why haven't they implemented it since they started GMail? I'm sure it has been requested by many, many GMail users. Google prides itself on being on the cutting edge. Not in the case of GMail!

      • Steve
        August 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm

        You are making a wild assumption that I use gmail, well I don't, I use thunderbird and your response is unprofessional, I would suggest you need to lower your stress levels.

        • dragonmouth
          August 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

          "You are making a wild assumption that I use gmail"
          Coulda fooled me. You defend it as if you worked for for Google.

          "your response is unprofessional"
          Why? Because I do not happen to agree with your stance? That's the beauty of a foruml. Everybody can express their opinion, whether you approve or not. Dan expressed an opinion. To you the annoyances are trivial, but then, by your own admission, you do not use GMail. To Dan and others, the annoyances are far from trivial. Anyway, who appointed you God so you can pass judgement on which issues are trivial and which are not?

    • Del
      August 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm


  43. Fili Wiese
    August 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Gmail does support multiple signatures for multiple email addresses (point 3). You just need to set each email address up as a account within Gmail and it works fine.

  44. Leo
    August 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    You can go to settings > labs and enable "Custom keyboard shortcuts" and then you can set a key to delete emails.

  45. Gazoo
    August 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    > what annoys you about the service? What does *Google* need to fix on its next major upgrade?

    Aside from the tracking, surveillance, data sharing which are not fixable just because... It's the increased censorship of information and manipulation of the public.

    Note to self: change my email provider.

    • steve
      August 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Will it be a 'paid for' service or will you just hand your info over to another provider, MS perhaps ?

  46. PD
    August 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Gmail hasn't looked like that sxreenshot for years. You're being disingenous.

    • mark
      August 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Standard view and HTML view look very different and have different features.