I have to live in Gmail if I want to keep track of contacts, check the latest Chrome OS commits, respond to bug reports, and read the daily tips you guys send in!
However, that’s a lot to take in. So I use Gmail’s desktop notifications to help me keep track of everything.
When a new message arrives in my inbox, these helpful pop-ups appear on my computer. I can tell whether something needs immediate attention or can wait until I have more time to deal with it with a quick glance.
In a nutshell, I find them extremely useful, and I’ll show you how to enable them as well in this post.
Enable Gmail Desktop Notifications
The best part is that you don’t have to install any fancy desktop apps, panel applets, or browser add-ons to receive new mail notifications. It’s already built into Gmail; all you have to do is enable it!
- Launch Google Chrome and navigate to GMail.
- Select ‘See All Settings’ by clicking the cog icon in the upper-right corner.
- Scroll down to ‘Desktop Notifications’ in the “General” tab.
- Click the “enable desktop notifications for Gmail” link.
To view notifications, click “Allow.”
If you have desktop notifications enabled, you can select one of the three notification options listed:
New Mail Notifications – View notifications for all messages that arrive in your primary inbox.
Important Mail Notifications – only see alerts for ‘important’ mail.
Mail Notifications Off – no mail alerts are displayed.
When you’re finished, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Save Changes’ button to save your settings — don’t just close the tab!
Now, whenever you open Gmail in Chrome, you’ll receive notifications of new e-mails based on your preferences.
When Gmail notifications arrive in Chrome, clicking on one will open the email in Gmail in a new tab. You can also choose to ignore notifications, which will cause them to disappear from the screen after a few seconds.