Friday, 1 April 2005

Gmail: more space? and formatting keyboard shortcuts

Odd this. Gmail say today: "To celebrate our one-year birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able. "

But my account only shows I have 1474 MB, which is certainly more than 1 GB, but isn't 2 GB (or even 2 x 1024 MB) by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe the "Infinity + 1" joke on their main page today is a hint. They say, "We know we won't reach infinity", and maybe we users should figure out from that we won't reach 2 GB! Of course it could all be an April Fool's joke and we'll get our storage space totally cut down tomorrow...

Well at least I have the fancy new rich text formatting toolbar. I hope they'll put up a list of keyboard shortcuts soon for accessing the toolbar and applying formatting to the selected text.
Tip: though it doesn't seem to have been documented in the Gmail help yet, I've found that these common shortcuts work on text that you've selected in the Gmail compose box (for the surprising number of people who still don't use keyboard shortcuts - oooooh I love 'em! - that means, hold down the Ctrl key then tap the b key then release, etc):

Ctrl b - bold
Ctrl u - underline
Ctrl i - italics
Ctrl a - select all text in the Compose box

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