Today, as part of my administrative duties, I had to send out a series of emails to various individuals, each with an attachment. And around the third or fourth email I composed, I forgot to attach the attachment.
Who hasn’t forgotten an attachment at some point or other, and then had to send a follow-up email saying “oops, sorry, here it is.” Adding to my own list of tasks and increasing anyone else’s inbox clutter certainly isn’t my idea of productivity.
So lo and behold, my delighted surprise, when I hit “send” and up popped a little notifier that said:
Did you mean to attach files?
You wrote “I’m attaching” in your message, but there are no files attached. Send anyway?
Now, I sometimes have mixed feelings about Gmail’s surveillance of everything I type, but in this instance I was grateful.
So I took a look around and discovered that this is a recently graduated feature from Gmail Labs, along with custom label colors, YouTube previews, and other good stuff. After testing new features (which you can opt into, if you like) Gmail Labs periodically “graduates” them to be part of all users’ standard implementation.
Has Gmail saved you from your own mistakes? Let us know in the comments!
(cc licensed image from flickr user Sea Frost)