Gmail is a free email service that allows users to set up their own accounts, send emails and receive them. Once an account has been created, Gmail offers features such as spam filtering and built-in chat functionality, which allows users to send messages through IM, voice or video. When receiving or sending emails, the service lets users enter into a Conversation View, allowing them to easily manage their communication.
Before Gmail can be used, a user has to create an account. This can be done through the Google Account sign-up page, where a user submits basic information such as name, gender or location, and selects a name for the address. After the account is created, a user can access the dashboard by signing in. There, he can adjust various options by accessing the Settings menu. The final step in the Gmail setup process involves adding contacts, which can be done manually via the Contacts option, or by importing them from other email services.
In addition to the basic functionality, Gmail allows users to manage their emails by deleting, archiving or marking them as spam. By checking the boxes next to the emails in the inbox folder, a user can manage multiple ones simultaneously. The process can be automated by adding filters that detect specific words, senders or subjects, whereby a predefined action is applied the moment an element is detected. A user can also label and color-code specific messages, which helps him organize the folders.