Gmail Gets "Canned Responses"

Aha, here's a Gmail Labs option that we don't need to joke about. The last one, Mail Goggles (we don't know about anyone else, but we keep typing Mail Googles) we felt was worthy of an April Fool's Day launch. But this one could be pretty useful.

It's called "Canned Responses." To access it, go into your Settings, then Labs, and scroll down a little until you see the above, and enable it.

Once enabled, as you see above, you get a new option when composing email. You can save the email body you are currently typing as a "Canned Response," that can be selected when emailing someone.

Or, even better, you can create a filter that might send back a "Canned Response" to someone based on a set of parameters. We're assuming you might have played with Gmail's filter options (explained here, if you haven't).

Think of it as an advanced version of "auto-reply." Now most people (with the exception, perhaps, of some politicians) don't use webmail for work, but if you did, you could have a "Canned Response" that said "I'll start working on it" if your boss sends you an email.

Yes, we're sure there are more legitimate uses, and this is actually a pretty cool feature, particularly when coupled with Gmail's filter options.

Via:  Google
Tags:  Gmail, Mail, can, ESP, GM, gma, ses, AI
bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

Thats awesome! I bet you its really good for thinks like fundrasiers or RSVPs for a party your planning.

Its weird little things like that that make me love gmail. Like when you empty the spam folder and it says "Hooray! No spam here."

Der Meister 6 years ago

I love my Gmail

mhenriday 6 years ago

I'd love to have access to this option, but alas, it seems that, nearly five months after its initial release, «Gmail Labs» is still only available to users in the United States and the United Kińgdom. Presumably this is what is meant by «the special relationship» ? The odd thing in this context is that while we here in Sweden cannot, as yet (?) make use of the «Gmail Labs», we have just been vouchsafed access to the new Gmail «smiley» feature ! Somehow, the available of the latter doesn't begin to compensate me for the lack of the former....


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