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Learn How to Use Gmail: 10+ Top Tutorials for Beginners

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This post is part of a series called How to Use Gmail (Ultimate Beginner Guide).
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If you want to learn how to use Gmail, Envato Tuts+ has some great Gmail tutorials to get you started. We even have Gmail tutorial videos to help you learn more quickly.

Helping you learn how to use Gmail is why we created the tutorial series, How to Use Gmail (Ultimate Beginner Guide). But, there are over a dozen Gmail tutorials in that series. There are even more tutorials in our series for advanced Gmail users. Knowing where to start can be a challenge.

Are you ready to learn Gmail with the best beginner tutorials
Are you ready to learn Gmail with the best beginner tutorials? 

In this article, I've suggest an order for you to move through our Gmail tutorials for beginners that will help you learn Gmail more easily. This list highlights the Gmail features you are most likely to use. 

Of course, if you already understand a Gmail topic or don't need to use that feature, feel free to skip that Gmail tutorial and move on to the next.

Ready to kickstart your Gmail learning? Let's get started.

1. How to Create a New Gmail Account (With Gmail Tutorial Video)

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This Gmail tutorial helps you learn how to create a Gmail account.

It's a Gmail basic, but it's important. If you're going to learn how to use Gmail, you need to have an account. This tutorial will help you to jumpstart your Gmail experience with step-by-step instructions on how to create a Gmail account.

The quick start guide begins by reviewing the advantages of Gmail. From there, you can watch a video on how to create a Gmail account. There are also detailed written steps with illustrations if you need them.

Here's a link to the tutorial and video:

2. How to Compose and Send Your First Email with Gmail (+Gmail Tutorial Video)

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Compose and send a message with this Gmail email tutorial.

After you've installed Gmail, you can use it immediately. In this Gmail tutorial, you'll learn the basics of creating and sending a message. Review the quick video tutorial and study the details in the written guide.

The tutorial goes beyond the basics of creating a Gmail message. You'll learn about a few extras—like how to format your message, how to attach a file, and how to add emojis. It also discusses the basics of forwarding and replying to messages.

To get started creating Gmail messages, jump over to:

3. How to Work with Gmail Passwords Safely & Not Get Hacked

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In this Google email tutorial, discover how to keep your Gmail secure.

This is one of the most essential Gmail tutorials for beginners to learn. If you use email or any type of online account and you're not worried about security, you should be. Nearly every week, the news is filled with accounts of yet another security breach. Needless to say, Gmail security is one of the most important topics you can learn about.

This Gmail email tutorial begins by focusing on passwords. Discover the difference between a strong password and a weak one. Also, learn how to store your password more securely.

Next, lean about the importance of user authentication. User authentication techniques are how Gmail determines whether it's really you using the account. They include security questions, phone codes, and other methods.

The helpful email tutorial goes on to explain other security precautions you should take. It also provides step-by-step guides on how to change your password and how to set up 2-step verification.   

Take your Gmail learning further. To explore this important Gmail tutorial, go to:

4. How to Find Your Google Gmail Contacts and Organize Them Better (+Gmail Tutorial Video)

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This handy Gmail email tutorial explains how you can organize your contact list.

Have you ever wanted to send someone an email message—only to realize that you've lost their email address? Creating and managing your Gmail contacts list is one way to make sure you always have the information you need.

In this beginner Gmail tutorial, you'll learn what you need to know about managing your contact list. Start out by watching the quick screencast to learn some of the basics. Next, review the written tutorial.

Explore how to import contacts, how to add your own new contacts, and how to build Gmail contact groups. As a bonus, this tutorial lists some practical ways you can use contact groups.

To get started learning about how Gmail can help you manage your contacts, study:

5.  How to Filter and Block Unwanted Emails (Spam) in Gmail

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Learn how to block unwanted Gmail messages.

If spammy messages irritate you, you're not the only one. Email spam is a common problem. But there are ways to deal with it. As a Gmail user, you'll want to put measures in place to reduce unwanted messages.

Besides spam, cyber bullying is another source of unwanted messages. Cyber bullies are a growing problem that you don't have to put up with. Be sure to read the important information about cyber bullying in this Google email tutorial.

It also explains how to block messages from certain senders and how to report spam messages. You'll find the complete discussion on how to deal with unwanted Gmail messages efficiently here:

6. How to Organize Your Gmail Inbox to Be More Effective

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This helpful Gmail email tutorial teaches you various ways to organize your inbox.

Once you've set up your Gmail account, put some security measures in place, and found your contacts—you're ready to take the next step to become more productive. You need to organize your Gmail inbox to be more effectively. That's exactly what this Gmail email tutorial teaches you to do.

Explore the Gmail tools you need to get organized. For example, did you know that you can color code your Gmail inbox? You can, and this Gmail tutorial shows you how to do it.

The email tutorial starts by going over some basic Gmail terminology. Then, it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use labels and tabs. It also explains how you can convert your Gmail inbox to a classic inbox if that's what you're used to. Finally, it covers the basics of archiving messages.

Are you ready to get organized? Go here to get started:

And as a bonus, grab our free ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Inbox Zero Mastery. It's packed with killer email inbox strategies—to help you get your inbox under control quickly and managing your email more efficiently.

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7. How to Search Your Emails in Gmail Like a Pro (+Gmail Tutorial Video)

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The Gmail search tool can help you find the message you are looking for.

Many Gmail users don't know it, but Gmail has a very helpful search utility. If you've never used Gmail's search tool, it's time you learned how. It can be a quick way to find the email messages you need.

In this Gmail tutorial and video, you'll discover various uses for the Gmail search tool, including:

  • search by label
  • search by sender
  • search by recipient
  • search by subject
  • search for attachments
  • search by timeframe

The Gmail email tutorial also includes a handy chart of Gmail search operators.

For a video and step-by-step instructions to take your Gmail learning further, take a look at:

8. How to Quickly Recall (Undo/Unsend) an Email in Gmail (+Gmail Tutorial Video)

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With this Google email tutorial you'll learn how to unsend an email message.

Have you ever regretted sending an email? You're not the only one. For many years, once you pressed that email send button, that was it. There was no way to take back your message.

Well, things have changed. Email tools have become more forgiving. Gmail now provides a brief window of time when you can recall a message after you send it.

It's a handy trick to know and one that just might make your day, especially when the message you need to recall is important. This Gmail tutorial provides a video and full instructions.

Find out how to recall Gmail email messages here:

9.  How to Set Up a Gmail (Out of Office) Vacation Responder Email (+Gmail Tutorial Video)

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Find out how to create a Gmail vacation responder message with this Gmail email tutorial.

Sooner or later, nearly everyone faces it. A period of time when you know you're going to be gone. If you know you'll be out of the office for any length of time you have several choices:

  • Don't tell anyone. Let the emails build up and let your contacts get angry because you aren't responding.
  • Check your email from wherever you are. Even if you're on vacation, make sure you respond as promptly as you would if you were in the office.
  • Set up an out-of-office message. This allows you to manage your contact's expectations without eating into your personal time.

The first option obviously has some problems and the second option can seriously cut into your time off work. This Google email tutorial focuses on the third option.

For detailed steps on how to use Gmail's vacation responder feature, turn to this email tutorial and screencast:

10. 20+ Helpful Gmail Plugins for Better Email Management

The next useful Gmail tutorial focuses on a topic rather than a single feature. The topic is Gmail plugins, and it's something you really should learn about if you want to get the most from your Gmail account.

Gmail plugins allow you to tailor your Gmail setup to your unique needs. There's a plugin for nearly everybody. They can help you become more productive, more creative, more organized.

This helpful Google email tutorial provides an overview of more than twenty of the most popular plugins available. Use it to find a Gmail plugin that's right for you.

To explore the world of Gmail plugins, read the tutorial below:

You've Learned Gmail Basics: What's Next?

These Gmail tutorials for beginners are just the starting point of what you can do with this robust email app. There are lots of other resources to help you understand how to learn Gmail and take full advantage of its options.

If you have a specific Gmail question, Google's Learning Center is a great place to look for answers. For more advanced tutorials on how to use Gmail, explore our series of tutorials for advanced Gmail Users, Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Gmail Tips and Tricks

More Helpful Email Tips and Strategies

Don't forget to sign up to the Tuts+ Business newsletter and grab our free eBookThe Ultimate Guide to Inbox Zero Mastery. It's packed wth inbox organization strategies and killer tips for managing all your incoming email more efficiently. 

Free ebook on email inbox organization strategies

For additional email tips not limited to Gmail, I suggest reviewing the following email tutorials:

Which one is your favorite Gmail tutorial? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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