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Canned Responses in Gmail

I don’t know how it happened,  I think my email address was sold as a part of a list or something, but I started receiving emails in one of my Gmail accounts about some stupid money making scheme.

At the bottom of the email it had a place to unsubscribe to the email but simply emailing a reply with the subject of REMOVE ME.

I did this several times and I kept on getting emails. I even marked it as spam inside of Gmail for good measure and it still kept coming over to my phones email inbox.

Then it hit me. I remembered that Gmail had lots of filtering features that I could take advantage of.  A simple way to deal with this guy that constantly refuses to remove me from his list would be to set a filter to move his incoming emails to the deleted items folder and I would never see it. But I wanted him to know that I was sending his email to the deleted items.  I wanted a CANNED RESPONSE! Something set up to automatically let him know each time he sent me and email.

I went into Gmail and I knew where it once was but it was gone! This made me mad for a little bit till I looked deeper and Google had moved it to a new tab in the settings called LABS.

On the labs tab there are lots of little tools you can enable to use for your Gmail. Canned Response is one of them.

Here is how you can enable the feature and set up your first Canned Response.

Open up your mail and visit the settings tab

Now click on the Labs tab.

From there scroll down till you see Canned Responses and enable it.

After you have selected enable, scroll to the bottom and select Save Changes.

Now lets setup a canned response.

Compose a new email.

Save the email as a response.

Create a filter for emails you do not like or from people you do not care to get emails from. We will set an auto response for these.
Click CREATE A NEW FILTER

Here I will type who to filter the email from.

Here I will tell it to skip the inbox, and send the canned response. The one I made and saved earlier.

There you have it. Next time I get an email from the jerk, he will get my response and I will never see it.

My Top Ten Wish List Items for the Next iPhone Update

Hopefully a new update to the iPhone is on the horizon, possible slated for release next month.

Just in case Apple is listening, here is my My Top Ten Wish list Items for the next iPhone update.

1. Backgrounding – How many times have you been in an application like IRChon for instance (irc chatting program), then had to press the home button to get to your notes or simply answer a call or text message, then when your done you have to relaunch your program and reconnect? This is terrible and I don’t want to resort to jail breaking my iPhone to get this functionality!!

2. The ability to add more than one photo attachment to an email – The last time I attached a photo to email on my iPhone I needed to send three to the same person and had to compose 3 separate emails.

3. Forwarding of text messages – There have been many many times when I have needed to forward a message and cant. Its a real shame something so simple, something that has been a part of text messaging since it began has been withdrawn or overlooked. If I could copy and paste I would copy the message and at least paste it in an email, but simple cannot. This brings me to my next gripe/wish for the next iPhone update.

4. Copy and Paste – We are all tired of asking. Think of how convenient it would be if I could copy text from an email, text message, web page, or whatever and do with it as I wish. I know without a doubt my productivity on the iPhone would increase dramatically. C’mon Apple!

5. Save a text message as a draft or canned response – I am in dire need of this really. I like to have a few canned responses to text message handy and cant do it on the iPhone. Canned responses like “Be right there”, “On my way”, “Call me when you can”, “Cant talk right now”, you get the idea. It would be nice to make these messages and have them saved to drafts or templates as I have always done.

6. The ability to cancel a text message – At this time if you are typing someone, and decide not send them a text, there is no cancel. You can press the back button, or actually its called “messages” or even the home button to get out of it, but you will be right back at the unfinished message when you want to text this person again. Best you can do is backspace over the message, thats it. Who has the time for that? The iPhone is supposed to make all things better. A simple cancel would save much time.

7. The ability to take video and upload it to YouTube or any other video site – This is long overdue, just think of the possibilities.

8. Time and date stamp on photos – This seems like it can be handled with about 3 lines of code inserted into the correct place. This is OS X in your pocket right? Well everything done on it should create a time and date stamp of the actions so why not reflect that on each photo so that I will know when I took it. Instead I have to download them to the computer to know.
Not satisfactory Apple!

9. Organize photos – I think I would be nice if I could create folders and manage my photos on the iPhone. I recently had a folder with many sub folders on my computer and as I used iTunes to move the photos to the iPhone, and everything was organized perfectly on my Windows Computer. Once it was synced, the only folder that stayed true to form was the root folder, all the sub folders I created vanished. Itunes dumbed all 1054 pictures into one folder. Thanks!

10. Do not lock my screen while using GPS – Not sure who to blame here, Google or Apple. When I use the Google Maps as a navigation device, my screen will lock after my preset time. Many use this app as their main GPS in their vehicles. If you are following along the route that Google calculates for you and your screen dims, then 20 seconds later locks, you will have to tap/slide to unlock. This seems like more than you need to be doing while driving. Google should either add the function in the settings to turn the locking feature off while the application is in use, or Apple should maybe not allow the device to lock while the GPS is in use, and their should be a setting to turn that on or off as well.

Feel free to leave a suggestion of your own that you would like to see in the next iPhone update in the comments section.

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