With any product or service, there’s always going to be room for growth (and complaints). Below are a few Gmail features I think would make my life, and possibly some others lives easier.
Ability to Mark ONE Email in a Conversation as Unread
You’re scanning through your email, and get to one that you want to come back to later. What do you do? Mark it “Unread”, of course. One of my biggest pet peeves in Gmail is how they won’t let you mark ONE email as Unread — you have to mark the whole conversation as unread. Then, when you go back to that email later, you have to scroll through all of the old threads in the conversation to get to the only email you wanted to see. The backbone for such a feature is already there, since when a new email comes in, only that one new email is unread in the conversation. So why don’t they make the quick change an enable this feature? Does this bother anyone else?
Colored labels are great, but what happens if you need to categorize your important items? Yes, you could use the labels to identify what each item belongs to, but what if you want to star items different colors based on importance… or work versus personal… etc.? Which brings me to my next point…
Set Email Importance
Now wouldn’t it be great if we could sort our emails based on importance? Outlook allows you to do this – granted it’s not as well as it could be done, but at least the feature is there! Say you have a few emails that are not so important, and then some others that are very pressing issues. You get around 100 emails a day (like many of us tech bloggers do) and your important items get lost in the mix. Gmail… can you help me out with that?
Ability to Add Items to a To-Do List
And yet another task management need. Many times we get emails and forget we had something to do. Yes I could easily label things “To-Do” and then remove it from that label once I’m done with it, but doesn’t this seem like an attractive feature to have built in? Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to highlight text in the email, and then click a button in the sidebar that says “Create To-Do Item from this Text”?
Alright, that’s enough ranting. Now you tell me what you want to see in Gmail’s future…