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1.0 About this FAQ

Source of information

The information in this FAQ was obtained from several sources, to include GMAIL's support pages, Member Testimonials, Forum Postings, and Personal Experience.

How to contribute to this FAQ

You can contribute to this FAQ by either sending an IM to the FAQ owner(s) or you can compose a new entry and submit it for consideration here.

3.0 Introduction to GMAIL

What is GMAIL?

Gmail is a free, search-based webmail service that includes 2,000+ megabytes (2 gigabytes) of storage. The backbone of Gmail is a powerful Google search engine that quickly recalls any message an account owner has ever sent or received. That means there's no need to file messages in order to find them again.

Where is GMAIL's homepage?

You can access the GMAIL homepage via http or https:


https://gmail.google.com (secure)

Keep in mind that this is NOT an official Google Support page.

Where are GMAIL's support pages?

You can access the GMAIL Online Support/FAQ Here, but you must be logged in to view the contents.

What is GMAIL's privacy policy?

From »gmail.google.com/gmail/help/privacy.html

said by GMAIL FAQ:
Gmail Privacy Policy

Gmail is a free, search-based webmail service from Google. With its unique search functionality, Gmail makes your mailbox and the rest of the Internet easily accessible. We designed this innovative service with both its usefulness and your privacy in mind. This policy describes the types of personal information we may collect and how we use it to provide Gmail.

By using Gmail, you agree to the collection and use of your personal information as described in this policy. If we make any significant changes to this policy, we will notify you by posting a notice of such changes on the Gmail login page.

You should know:

* We collect limited account information and store and maintain your account and email messages on our secure servers.
* We will never rent, sell or share information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes without your express permission.
* We serve highly relevant ads and other information as part of the service using our unique content-targeting technology. No human reads your email to target ads or related information to you without your consent.
* You can update your account information and preferences at any time.

To comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, at this time Gmail is only available to users who are at least 13 years old. If you are under 13, please do not use the Gmail service.

What types of personal information do we collect and how do we use it?

Account information. When you register with Google, we will request some personal information, including your first and last name, a user name (which will be used for your email address) and password to create your account. Your password will be maintained on our system in an encrypted form. Just in case you forget your password, we also may ask you to choose a secret question and answer and provide a secondary email address where we can contact you to re-access your Google account. If you already have a Google account, we may ask you for some additional information to enable an email account.

Email contents and usage. The contents of your Gmail account also are stored and maintained on Google servers in order to provide the service. Google's computers process the information in your email for various purposes, including formatting and displaying the information to you, delivering targeted related information (such as advertisements and related links), preventing unsolicited bulk email (spam), backing up your email, and other purposes relating to offering you Gmail. Because we keep back-up copies of data for the purposes of recovery from errors or system failure, residual copies of email may remain on our systems for some time, even after you have deleted messages from your mailbox or after the termination of your account. Google employees do not access the content of any mailboxes unless you specifically request them to do so (for example, if you are having technical difficulties accessing your account) or if required by law, to maintain our system, or to protect Google or the public.

We also may collect information about the use of your account, such as how much storage you are using, how often you log in and other information related to your registration and use of Gmail. Information displayed or clicked on in your Gmail account (including UI elements, ads, links, and other information) is also recorded. We use this information internally to deliver the best possible service to you, such as improving the Gmail user interface, preventing fraud within our advertising system, and better targeting related information.

Google will never sell, rent or share your personal information, including your Gmail address or email content, with any third parties for marketing purposes without your express permission.

Cookies & log information.

Cookies. A cookie is a small data file that is sent to your computer when you first visit a website. As with most website cookies, our cookies include an identification number that is unique to the computer you are using. This identifier helps us better understand our user base and how they are using our site and services.

When you visit Google and create a Google account, we set and access cookies on your computer. We use cookies for a number of reasons, such as recognizing you when you visit the site, displaying the site according to your chosen user settings for language, and maintaining the security of your account. Google may share cookie information among its other services for the purpose of providing you a better experience. For example, you may use your Gmail account to access other Google services such as Google Groups or Google Answers. We may also use the cookies to collect aggregated information about the use of Gmail to maintain, analyze and improve the service.

We believe our cookies improve the quality of our services. If you prefer, however, you can reset your browser so that it refuses all cookies, or notifies you when a cookie is being sent. Although you will still be able to use some parts of Google, other parts of the site including Gmail may not be available if you refuse cookies.

Log information. When you use your Gmail account, we collect certain information (the same information that most web sites log when they are accessed). This information, contained in the "header" of your request to access the Gmail page, usually includes the browser type you used, your Internet Protocol address, and the date and time of day. In addition, we log the unique ID provided by our cookie and the URL of the last site you visited.

As a basic matter, we need this information to help us provide our services to you. For example, we need to validate your identity in order to maintain the security of your mailbox. We also need to know what Internet Protocol address your query came from so we can send the appropriate pages back to you.

In addition, we log this information for internal business purposes. For example, this log information helps us determine how well our services are working so we can continually improve the quality of Gmail. The log information is also important for security, audit, quality improvement, and other internal business purposes.

How we deliver targeted content to you.

We never share your personally identifying information with any advertiser as part of this service, unless you specifically ask us to do so. When you are logged into your Gmail account, Google will display targeted ads and other relevant information based on the content of the email displayed. In a completely automated process, computers process the text in a message and match it to ads or related information in Google's extensive database. No human reads your mail to target ads or other information without your consent.

Advertisers receive a record of the total number of impressions and clicks for each ad. They do not receive any personal information about the person who viewed the ad. If you click on an ad, Google will send a referring URL to the advertiser's site identifying that you are visiting from Gmail. Google does not send personally identifying information to advertisers with the referring URL. Once you are on the advertiser's site, however, the advertiser may collect personal information about you. Google does not control or take responsibility for the privacy policies of other sites.

Google may send you information related to your Gmail account or other Google services. Because we believe such information is important, you will not be given the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.

When we may disclose your personal information.

As a standard email protocol, when you send an email from your Gmail account, Gmail includes your email address and user name in the header of the email. Beyond this, we do not disclose your personally identifying information to third parties unless we believe we are required to do so by law or have a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (b) enforce the Gmail Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues (including, without limitation, the filtering of spam), (d) respond to user support requests, or (e) protect the rights, property or safety of Google, its users and the public.

Transfer of information.

Personal information collected by Google may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Google Inc. or its agents maintain facilities. By using Gmail, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

We reserve the right to transfer your personal information in the event of a transfer of ownership of Google, such as acquisition by or merger with another company. In such an event, Google will notify you before information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Updating your information.

You can change your Gmail account settings at any time in the "Settings" section of your mailbox.

You can terminate your account at any time, by going to the account information page. We typically deactivate accounts within two business days of such requests. You should be aware, however, that residual copies of information may remain stored on our systems even after the deletion of information or the termination of your account.

How does Google safeguard your information?

We pay close attention to security. First, we focus significant time and resources to ensure that user accounts and information are not misused by Google employees. A limited set of employees are authorized to access user accounts, they are educated about the importance of maintaining user privacy, and their access to user accounts is recorded. Our employees are also contractually required to access accounts and log data only for quality, security, audit, and other internal business purposes. Second, we implement technology and procedures to try to make sure that external parties cannot access or modify users personal information on our servers. These technologies and procedures include industry standard methods as well as our own proprietary methods.

We hope you will enjoy using Gmail.

Other GMAIL Newsgroups/Discussion forums

This is a listing of websites and newsgroups who's primary focus is GMAIL. If you have one to add, please send me a PM.

Google Groups - Gmail Users
GMail Forums dot com

5.0 Joining and Invites

How do I sign up for an account?

You can register for an account using your mobile phone. Unfortunately the google folks don't allow new registration without some sort of verification.

If you prefer not to use your phone then you can sign up for status updates on the GMAIL project here: »gmail.google.com/gmail/help/about.html#email

How do I invite others to join GMAIL?

From the horses mouth:

said by GMAIL FAQ:
Because we're currently only offering Gmail as part of a preview release and limited test, we don't have details on when Gmail will be made more widely available.

As we make way for more accounts, we may periodically allow you to invite others to join Gmail. When we do so, you will see an invitation link in your inbox.

If you do not see the invitation link, that means that we are unable to provide you with additional invitations at this time.

To invite someone, click on the 'Invite a friend to join Gmail!' link in your inbox. You will then be asked to provide an email address and a personalized message to your invitee.

The person you invite will be sent a message that includes a link to join Gmail. That registration link will be valid for three weeks and can be used to create only one account.

Should your invitee have problems creating a Gmail account, please let us know by clicking on the 'contact us' link in the grey box below.

Please note that the link may not always be available. When you are allowed to invite others to join Gmail, the number of invitations that you can send will be indicated at the top of the page after you click on the link. Once you have used all of those invitations, we will not be able to immediately issue more invitations.
Note: GMAIL will from time to time empower you to invite others to join. The number of invitations will be random, and the people you invite may also be given the ability to invite others. This is not always the case, however.

Any other suggestions on how to get invited?

You have to depend on the kindness of others.

It seems that folks who have the accounts (and invites) enjoy posting all over the place about it. Doing a quick google search on `gmail extra invites' will return more results than you would believe. Check out the hits that come from blogs. Often times when someone has extras, they post about it there. You just might get lucky.

Another possible source is the GMAILForums Website.

How do you know if you have invites?

When logged in, look on under your `Labels' section for this:

The 'Invite a friend' link doesn't work!

This information straight from the GMAIL Support team:

To fix this problem, please close all open browser windows and disable any
Internet Security software, such as Norton Internet Security. Open up a
new browser window, and adjust your privacy and security preferences. To
adjust these preferences in Internet Explorer, please follow the steps

1. Click the 'Tools' menu at the top of your browser, and select 'Internet
2. Click the 'Privacy' tab at the top of the dialog box, and move the
slider to 'Low.'
3. Click the 'Edit' button, and enter 'google.com' into the 'Address of
Web site' field.
4. Select 'Accept' to override the handling of particular cookies.
5. Click the 'Security' tab at the top of the dialog box, and change the
'Security level for this zone' to 'Low.'
6. Click 'OK.'

Next, please clear your browser's cache. To clear your browser's cache in
Internet Explorer, please follow the steps below:

1. Click the 'Tools' menu at the top of your browser, and select 'Internet
2. Click the 'General' tab at the top of the dialog box.
3. Click 'Delete Files' under 'Temporary Internet files.'
4. Select 'Delete all offline content' by checking the box.
5. Click 'OK.'

Finally, open a new browser window and log back in to Gmail. Please try
accessing your 'Invite a friend' link again.

If you decide to turn your Internet Security back on, you should be able
to access your invitation link if you login to Gmail from the secure
interface. Secure HTTPS access is available via
»gmail.google.com; simply change the URL in your browser before
logging in.

I sent an invitation, but the person never received it!

There could be quite a number of reasons for this.

1. Are they being sent to a Yahoo!, MSN or Hotmail account?
•There have been sporadic reports from users that the invites are being sent to the spam or bulk mail folders. Check there first.

2. Did you get a bounced message?
•If the message was rejected for some reason, you should receive a bounced message notification.

Another solution:
•Look in your Sent Mail folder, find the invitation, copy and paste the link into a new message and viola!

Are there any websites offering a ridiculas number of free invites?

There was a site, called The GMail Spooler that had over 400,000 invites to give away (thanks to the generosity of others) but I received word today (6/7/05) that Google has asked them to cease and desist:

said by The GMail Spooler :

I have gotten the word from Gmail's Product Manager that my service is no longer tolerable. At midnight PDT June 7th, 2005, this service was disabled. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who contributed to this service. Your generosity helped out a vast number of people and for that you should be proud.

The gmail spooler email account is now deactivated and any mail sent to it will bounce. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a line: email@isnoop.net

Did you know there was more to this site than just a Gmail invite spooler? Check out some of the other fancy tools and toys I've whipped up.
--Ian "isnoop" Anthony

Thanks to zelchenko See Profile for contributing to this FAQ entry.

7.0 The basics

What are the limitations on usernames@gmail.com?

You username must be at least six characters in length. See Google's explanation:

said by GMAIL FAQ:
Studies have shown that short usernames at popular domains receive significantly more spam due to automatic address generation. Gmail's requirement that all usernames be at least six characters in length is meant to keep spam out of your inbox.

How long can my account on GMAIL be dormant before revocation?

A GMAIL account will remain active for up to 9 months of inactivity. After this time, the emails will be removed, the account deleted and the username will be made available to new users.

Source: »gmail.google.com/support/bin/ans···n:search

What browsers are supported?

These browsers take full advantage of the embedded GMail features:

•IE 5.5+
• Netscape 7.1+
•Firefox 0.8+
•Safari 1.2.1+

These browsers do not support the advanced embedded features but are still supported in the GMail HTML mode:

•IE 4.0+
•Netscape 4.07+
•Opera 6.03+

How can I check my GMAIL account via POP3?

Before you can begin to POP your mail you will need to change some settings in your account.

Step 1
Once logged in, click on `settings'

Step 2
Click on the `Forwarding and POP' tab

Step 3
Select the option most appropriate for you.

Right now the options are:
•Enable POP for all mail
•Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on

Once enabled, you will also an option to:
•Keeping a copy of the message in your GMAIL inbox
•Archiving the new message(s)
•Trashing the message(s) once downloaded.

If you need assistance setting up your email client, you can check GMAIL's step by step instructions here: »gmail.google.com/support/bin/ans···er=12103

How are messages sorted?

GMAIL uses "threading" to sort conversations together. It displays the complete conversations/messages as a newsreader would do, making it much easier to keep track of correspondence.

Will I lose my GMAIL address when the service goes public?

No statements from the Google camp have been made to assume that this would happen.

said by Google:

Gmail is still in an early stage of development. If you set up an
account, you'll be able to keep it even after we make Gmail more
widely available and as one of the system's early testers, you will
be helping us improve the service through your feedback. We might ask
for your comments and suggestions periodically and we appreciate your
help in making Gmail even better.

Can I disable spam filtering in GMail?

Currently the answer is no. There's been some recent discussion about this in the newsgroups, but currently there is no such option.
said by GMail Support:

While Gmail doesn't currently support this functionality, we are testing many new features to improve the Gmail service.
Not to say that this won't be an option in the future, the Google folks are adding new features more regularly now.

You always have the option to send a suggestion for a new feature.

7.1 Account Storage Space

How much storage space comes with a GMAIL account?

As of today (May 10th 2006) each account has 2,722MB. This number continues to grow minute by minute.

Historical Information
As of April 1st 2005, GMail accounts are being increased from 1,000 MB to 2,000 MB of storage.

said by the GMail Folks :

Storage is an important part of email, but that doesn't mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able. We know that email will only become more important in people's lives, and we want Gmail to keep up with our users and their needs. From Gmail, you can expect more.

Entry last updated 2006-05-10 00:08 EST

What if I'm near my storage limit?

said by GMAIL FAQ:
One gigabyte of storage means the average user can go five years without ever deleting a single message, so we don't expect you to get close to your quota anytime soon.

However, if your mailbox nears its storage quota, you'll see a warning message at the top of your inbox letting you know how much storage you have left. If you reach more than 90 percent of your storage quota, we'll also send a message to your alternate email address (if you've provided one) to let you know.

If you manage to go over your storage limit, Gmail will hold your messages for 10 days until you clear out some of your old messages to make way for new ones. If you don't delete anything within the allotted time, you won't be able to receive new messages and messages sent to your account will be returned to the sender

7.2 Third-party applications

Can I import existing email into GMAIL?

Thanks to The Google GMail Loader (GML), this can be accomplished. You can Visit their homepage or jump straight to the downloads page.

Currently this application is only available for use in a Windows or *nix environment.

said by GML Homepage:
The application works by reading your existing mail files, and forwarding them to GMail. It does not delete the mail from your local computer. Email can be set to arrive at GMail in either your 'Inbox' or 'Sent Mail'.

GML is free and is licensed to you under the GNU General Public License. There is a pre-compiled windows version avaiable as well as a source only distribution for other operating systems. Please see the download page for more information.

Listing of free GMail tools and plugins

Here's a comprehensive list of some free GMail tools and plugins:
  • Gmail Notifier
    The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser.

  • GMNotifier
    GMNotifier is a notifier application that tells you when you have new Gmail messages.

  • GmailTray
    GmailTray allows you to search your emails from your desktop. It resides in your system tray, and can be accessed by simply clicking on it. This will bring up a box that you can enter your search in. To start the search, hit enter. It will then search using your default browser.

  • Gmail Notifier
    Firefox extension, installs an icon on your toolbar that displays the amount of new messages in your inbox

  • Gmail-to
    Associate all mailto: links with Gmail as opposed to Outlook

  • Gmail-to Bookmarklet
    Compose messages from your Gmail account from any page

  • Gmailit
    Bookmarklet to send the current page you're viewing to someone through Gmail

  • GMail Loader (GML)
    Cross platform application forwards your existing email to Gmail

  • Pop Goes the GMail
    Gmail > POP3 converter
    Note: GMail does offer POP3 access to all accounts at this time

  • gExodus
    Graphical user interface tool allows you to import your emails into your Gmail account.

  • gCount
    a menu bar item for Mac OS X 10.3 or later that displays the number of unread messages in the inbox

  • GMail, RSS Feeds
    Retrieve notifications of new mail through RSS

  • Gmail in Opera
    Use Gmail with the Opera browser, which currently is unsupported
    Note: Opera 6.03+ is now supported by GMail as of 2/24/2005

  • Gmail Gems
    Tips and Tricks to use Gmail more efficiently

  • Unread Gmail
    Create a label called "Unread", Gmail will automatically add all unread items to it (Via Gmail Wiki)

  • PINE Addressbook to Gmail
    Export addressbook in CSV format from PINE to Gmail.

  • GSuite
    Lets you access and use Gmail from a mini-browser in the system tray

  • GmailStatus
    Shows the number of unread messages in the Mac OSX menubar

  • GMailer (libgmailer)
    A PHP library/class that helps you accessing/checking/using GMail through PHP scripts.

  • Gmail icon generator
    Create an image of your Gmail address to minimize spam exposure

  • Gmail Agent API
    Open Source extensible foundation for interfacing with Gmail. Written for .NET framework

  • You've Got Gmail
    Gmail Notifier for Trillian Messenger Pro

  • Gmail-Mobile
    Use Gmail from a WAP enabled device with .php

  • Skin Gmail
    Use a custom stylesheet in Firefox to skin Gmail (Via Furl)
Source of information: »[Free] Gmail Tools & Plugins:

7.3 Security and Privacy Issues

Can GMAIL detect Phishing Scams?

Google is making progress towards detecting Phishing Scams. If a message is received that appears to be a scam, you will receive a warning atop the message:

said by GMAIL FAQ:
Google is currently testing a service designed to alert Gmail users to messages that appear to be phishing attacks. When the Gmail team becomes aware of such an attack, the details of these messages are used to automatically identify future suspected phishing attacks.

The result: when a Gmail user opens a suspected phishing message, Gmail displays a warning.

Gmail's phishing alerts operate automatically, much like spam filtering. Gmail's spam filters automatically divert messages that are suspected of being unwanted messages into 'Spam'. Similarly, Gmail's phishing alerts automatically display warnings with messages that are suspected of being phishing attacks so that users know to take care before providing any personal information.
You can read more here.

7.5 Attachments

What is the maximum file attachment size for a GMAIL account?

GMAIL accounts are capable of sending and receiving a maximum of 25 MB per message. This means (with headers, encapsulation and encoding) that you can send an email message up to 10 MB in size.

What type of attachments can I send through GMAIL?

Google does not allow executables, and quite a few archive-type file extensions:

said by GMAIL FAQ:
As a security measure to prevent potential viruses, Gmail does not allow you to receive executable files (such as files ending in .exe) that could contain damaging executable code.

Gmail does not accept these types of files, even if they are sent in a zipped (.zip, .tar, .tgz, .taz, .z, .gz) format. If someone tries to send this type of message to your Gmail account, the message will be bounced back to the sender.

7.6 Google Chat Integration

What browsers support GMail/Google Chat?

Currently these browsers support the embedded chat:

•Internet Explorer 6.0+
•Firefox 1.0+.

Note that not all of the GMail Supported Browsers support chat.

7.7 Google Calendar Integration

8.0 Advertisements

Whats with the ads in the messages?

The advertisements are really not noticable, just text, but here's Google's response:

said by GMAIL FAQ:

About Ads & Related Information

You've reached this page because you chose to read more about ads and related pages delivered by Google. Ads in Gmail are placed in the same way that ads are placed alongside Google search results and, through the Google AdSense program, on content pages across the web.

Related information provides relevant information from sites in Google's extensive index of web pages.

Gmail is a technology-based program. Advertising and related information are shown using a completely automated process. Ads are selected for relevance and served by Google computers using the same contextual advertising technology that powers our AdSense program. This technology enables Google to effectively target dynamically changing content, such as email, or news stories.

No humans will read the content of your email in order to target such advertisements or related information. Because the ads and Related Pages are matched to information that is of interest to you, we hope you'll find them relevant and useful.

Your Privacy

Google does not and will never rent, sell or share information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes without your express permission. No email content or other personally identifiable information will be provided to advertisers.

Privacy is an issue we take very seriously. Only ads classified as Family-Safe are distributed through our content network and to your Gmail inbox. For example, Google would block certain ads from running next to an email about catastrophic news.

Are the advertisements intrusive?

No, they're about as noticable as the ads when you do a Google search:

9.0 Advanced Usage

How can I speed up my Gmail experience?

Try disabling Google Chat. More information can be found in this thread:
»[BETA] Gmail: i think i have solved why Gmail is so slow!!!

(thanks Fobulous See Profile)

9.6 TOS and AUP questions

Can I Trade/Sell/Transfer my GMAIL Account/Invites?

GMAIL Ammended it's program policies on 6/28/2004 to include the following:

said by GMAIL Program Policy:
In addition to (and/or as some examples of) the violations described in Section 3 of the Terms of Use, users may not:

•Create multiple user accounts in connection with any violation of the Agreement or create user accounts by automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses
•Sell, trade, resell or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or transfer any Gmail account

The original revision controlled document can be viewed here: Gmail Program Policies

Can I offer GMail accounts as an incentive to draw business?

Absolutely not. The Google acceptable use policy prohibits it.

said by the Google acceptable use policy and terms of service :

The Google Services are made available for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not use the Google Services to sell a product or service, or to increase traffic to your Web site for commercial reasons, such as advertising sales.

This includes offering it as part of a webhosting package.

9.9 FAQs no longer relevant

Can you tell me how to get top dollar on Ebay for my GMAIL invites?

Nope. Figure it out yourself. GMAIL was never intended to be a market for resellers.

Is there somewhere I can barter for an account?

This question (and the website it pointed to) are deprecated and have been moved from the main FAQ questions.

Yes, GMAIL Swap is a website where you can advertise a trade for an invitation.

Can I send HTML formatted messages?

Note: This FAQ is irrelevant now that GMail has native support for HTML formatted messages.

Quick answer is yes. Does GMail support it? No. There are some workarounds to add this functionality to your account, but as new code at Google is pushed out it could break this example.

The HTML include code was originally posted here: »blogger.xs4all.nl/zanstra/archiv···tml.aspx

Step 1
Right click on one of the three bookmarklets here and save it as a bookmark. (We'll be using the gmail-html-select in the examples below, but any will work).

Here's the source code for the curious (or if the link dies):
javascript:function H(w){var s,i,c,h,f=w.document.forms;for(i=0;i<f.length;i++){if(h=f[i].
 *ishtml){s=document.createElement('span');s.innerHTML='<b>Body style:</b> <select name="i
 *tml" style="width:15mm"><option value="0" >text</option><option value="1" selected>html<
 *s[i]);}}try{H(window);}catch(e){alert('error:'+e)}void 0;
(*) WARNING 1 long line(s) split
(*) WARNING 2 long line(s) split

Step 2
Login to GMail, select Compose Message and insert the HTML code you'd like to send. Remember GMail is a WYSIWYG editor, so you'll need some simple HTML knowledge to do it. In this example, we're going to add the GMail logo as an inline image when we send messages.

Step 3
Click on the bookmark you just saved and you should have a new drop-down box just below the attachment line:

Select HTML and send your message off. If the recipient is another GMail account and you've included any HTML embedded images, you'll get the usual warning about external images not being displayed:

Just click on the Display external images link and viola! There's our embedded graphic:

If you know HTML, there's not a lot you can't do (well, until GMail changes their code to prevent it). One more example:

And the results from that:

There are rumors circulating around the newsgroups that HTML support is supposed to be added sometime soon, but until then, here's your workaround.