How to Check Your Gmail Account With the Google Toolbar

How to Check Your Gmail Account With the Google Toolbar. The Google Toolbar gives you the ability to carry out a range of Web-related activities within an interface that is very user-friendly. You can search a variety of databases using the toolbar's search field, send Web pages to your blog or mobile phone and translate Web pages-all with just a few mouse clicks. If you have a Gmail account, you can also customize the Google Toolbar with a button that allows you to access your Gmail account with one mouse click. And if you use Firefox, you can also make Gmail your default Web e-mail client.

Get a Custom Gmail Button for the Google Toolbar (for Internet Explorer)

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Click the "Settings" button on the Google Toolbar, and choose the "Buttons" tab.

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Click the "Add" button on the "Buttons" tab-this is located in the center of the window, to the right.

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Type "Gmail" into the search field on the Google Custom Buttons page and click "Search."

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Click the Gmail "Add to Toolbar" button on the search results page.

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Click "Add" and then "OK" to add the button to your toolbar.

Add a Gmail Button to the Google Toolbar (for Firefox)

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Click the "Options" button on the Google Toolbar and select the "Search" tab.

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Check the box labeled "Gmail" under the "Add Custom Buttons" heading in the "Search" tab.

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Click "OK" to save your changes and exit the window.

Accessing Your Gmail Account From the Google Toolbar

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Click the Gmail button on your toolbar to navigate directly to your Gmail account.

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Check the "Remember me on this Computer" box at the sign-in page if you would like to skip the sign-in step when you use Gmail.

Make Gmail Your Default Email Client (Firefox only)

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Click the "Options" button and choose the "Browsing" tab.

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Check the box labeled "Send with Gmail."

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Clicking on e-mail links in Web pages will open a Gmail composition page. Use this composition page as you would normally use Gmail.