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Google Brings in Canned Response For The Truly Lazy

Google has introduced an innovative new feature called “canned responses” for Gmail which is aimed at taking care of repetitive email responses.

The new feature will allow users to select customised messages from a drop down menu and insert them into their emails responses and it is expected to save some valuable time which is otherwise used to type replies to common emails.

In order to activate the feature one needs to click on the ‘settings’ tab in Gmail and then go to ‘labs’ and from the options enable “canned responses”.

Explaining the concept behind the new feature, Chad Perry from Gmail remarked “If you are sick of typing out the same reply every time someone emails you with a common question, now you can compose your reply once and save the message text with the 'Canned Responses' button.”

Incidentally, Google has lately been quite active in making improvements in Gmail and this new feature comes close on heels of Google introducing a test feature to avoid people from sending email when they are drunk.

There are 26 labs feature that Gmail users can enable or disable at Anytime. Another way of pimping up Gmail under Firefox is by using Greasemonkey and associated scripts.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.