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Gmail’s Smart Compose Autocompletes Your Emails

Dave Parrack 08-05-2018

If you have an inbox constantly requiring attention, you’ll know how time-consuming it can be to reply to endless emails. Google wants to help, and its big new idea is Smart Compose for Gmail. Which should cut down the amount of time you spend writing emails.


Google recently rolled out the new and improved Gmail The New Gmail Helps Keep Your Inbox Organized The new Gmail has a new look forged in Material Design, a stack of features to make you more productive and keep you secure, and some algorithms to make managing your inbox easier than ever. Read More . The new Gmail boasts several new features, all designed to keep your inbox organized. And now, at Google I/O 2018, Google has unveiled another new feature for Gmail. This one is called Smart Compose.

Autocomplete for Emails

Smart Compose is basically Autocomplete for your emails. All you need to do is start composing an email, and Smart Compose will pop up with suggestions for finishing your sentences. You can then either carry on writing, or hit Tab to accept the suggestion.

In theory you could write a whole email tapping nothing other than Tab. There’s no guarantee your email will say what you want it to, but it should be free of typos. And Google is confident its machine learning algorithms will produce stellar results.

Smart Compose will recognize the subject of the email, and use other information to offer suggestions. It can take care of addresses and other mundane-but-necessary information, letting you focus on the other, more important things you want to say.


Smart Compose is due to rolling out to all Gmail users over the next few weeks. And G Suite customers will be able to access the feature within the next few months. Unfortunately for holdouts, you need to enable the new Gmail to use Smart Compose.

Just Keep Hitting Tab

Most people aren’t going to just keep hitting Tab to write a full email without thinking. The end result is likely to be too generic and impersonal. However, Smart Compose should help take care of the essentials, saving you time and effort when managing your inbox.

If you use Gmail but would like to know how to use it more efficiently, why not read our beginner’s guide to Gmail The Beginner's Guide to Gmail You may already have a Gmail account. Or, you're thinking about signing up for one. This guide has everything you need to make the most of that shiny new Gmail account. Read More or our power user’s guide to Gmail The Power User Guide to Gmail This free Gmail Guide is for those of you who already use Gmail as an email client and want to take maximum advantage of its many productivity features. Read More . Or perhaps you would rather learn how to achieve inbox zero Get to Inbox Zero in Gmail With These Strategies Staying on top of email is tough! The key to inbox zero is automating as much of the process as you can. We'll show you how to approach inbox zero in Gmail. Read More or master your inbox anxiety How to Master Gmail Inbox Anxiety So many emails, so little time. Do you feel this way when it comes to managing your Gmail inbox? We show you simple settings and helpful tools to organize and stress-proof your Gmail inbox. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    May 8, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    HMMM! Not only can Google read my data but now it can also read my mind. :-)

    Let's not kid ourselves. The email autocomplete is simple sand simplistic. About all it can do is say yes or no to a meeting or something similar. It can't even suggest location for the meeting.