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Get your Gmail under control with these essential time-savers

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Chances are, you spend more time with Gmail than you do with your friends and loved ones. And sometimes it feels like every message you send out brings three more messages in. There’s got to be a better way!

While we can’t do much about the pure glut of email you get, we can help you deal with it more efficiently. Here are five ways to expeditiously slice and dice your way through Google’s email product:

Constantly bopping in and out of Gmail.com all day—or simply just leaving it open in a tab—is no way to live. Check out the excellent Checker Plus for Gmail (Chrome, Firefox) extension. It alerts you to new messages with a reasonably unobtrusive box to the right of the address bar. Better yet, it lets you reply, archive, mark messages as spam and much, much more, all without loading up the sometimes-clunky Gmail interface.

Save yourself a bevy of clicks—and a bunch of time—by leveraging Gmail’s nearly endless list of keyboard shortcuts. Holding down Shift and pressing the question-mark key shows you what’s available. Some of the better ones:

That’s just a handful of shortcuts for basic tasks. Check out the complete list to........

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