Tuesday's Tidbits

IES Library December 2, 2014


Google Mail Tips

These Gmail tips were emailed from Dr. Vinson, but they are worth sharing again.

Selecting your Gmail Picture

You can choose almost any photo as your Gmail picture, to show up whenever another user rolls over your name in their inbox, Contacts, Chat list, or when someone looks at your public Google Profile.

1. Click the gear in the top right.

2. Select Settings.

3. From the My picture section, click Select a picture. The Upload a picture window will


4. Upload a new photo from your computer.

5. A box will appear over your photo, selecting part of it. Drag this selected region to crop

your photo, or resize the region by clicking and dragging one of the region corners.

6. Click Apply Changes.

7. You can select whether you'd like all Gmail users to see your picture, or only those who

you've allowed to chat with you, using the radio buttons next to your uploaded photo on your Settings page.

o Visible to everyone means anyone who you email, or who emails you, can see your picture.

o Visible only to people I can chat with includes users who have been given permission to see when you're online and to chat with you.

Once you apply your picture, you'll be able to view and change it from your Gmail settings page, and other users will see your selection when they roll over your name in conversations or in their contact lists. It will also show up as your picture in chat (Google Talk or Hangouts). Likewise, picture selections made in chat will be reflected in your Gmail interface, though there might be a slight delay for the change to take effect.

Creating A Signature

1. Click the gear in the top right.

2. Select Settings.

3. Scroll down to the “Signature” section and enter your new signature text in the box. You

can format your text using the buttons directly above the text box.

4. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Gmail Themes

Personalize your Gmail by choosing a background theme, which adds some additional flair to your inbox.

1. Click the gear in the top right.

2. Select Themes.

Color, HD, and Classic themes

Some themes change during the day, and if you select one of these themes, you'll see a drop-down menu to select a location. We'll use the location you provide to correctly time theme changes with your local sunrise, sunset, and/or weather. If you don't enter a city, or if you enter an invalid one, we'll set your location to the capital city of the country you selected.

You can tell which themes change by looking at the lower right hand corner of the theme's thumbnail image. Small icons indicate if the theme changes with the weather, time of day, or day of the week. Also, if you see a white corner it means that that the message list background in the theme is light; if it's black, that means it's dark.

Create a label (previously known as a folder)

Here's how to create a label that you can add to any of your messages:

  1. On the left side of the page, click More at the bottom of your labels list. (If you don't see "More," grab the gray dividing line with your cursor and drag it down to show more labels.)
  2. Click Create new label.
  3. Type the name of your new label and click Create.

You can also create a new label for a message in your Inbox by selecting the box next to the message, clicking the Labelbutton above your message list, and then clicking Create new.

Apply your label

You can add a label to your messages in several ways:

  • When viewing your Inbox, select the checkbox next to those messages, click the Labels button, and click the label you want. (Or check the boxes next to several labels and click Apply.)
  • When viewing a message, click the Labels button to add a label to the message. You can also click and drag a label from the left side, and drop it on the message.
  • When writing a new message, click More options in the bottom right corner of the compose window, click Label, and then select one of your labels.

Lori P. Vinson, Ed.D.

Technology Integration Specialist

Spartanburg District One Schools

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Christmas Books in the Library

Great Read Alouds for Christmas

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they must help Charles Dickens. But the famous author has everything he could possibly want. How are they supposed to help him? It’s not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. Jack and Annie will need all their magic—and help from three ghosts!—to save the great writer.

Christmas Cricket by Eve Bunting

In a California garden on a rainy night, Cricket feels small and worthless. He hops up some steps and finds himself in a place filled with light and warmth and a tall, sparkling tree. He begins to sing but is scared into silence by two voices, one big and one small. It is then that he makes a marvelous discovery.

Littlejim's Gift: An Appalachian Christmas Story by Gloria Houston

Though injured while trying to prove to his exacting father that he is a "man," Littlejim practices reciting Bible verses for the school competition; if he wins, he will be able to take part in the Christmas celebration at the church, which his father otherwise refuses to let the family attend. The boy manages to win the contest, purchase the doll that his younger sister longs for, and soften his father's stony demeanor in this unabashedly sentimental-but affecting-tale.