TRIMMING FAT FROM YOUR
The smartphone aside, Gmail has become the hub of our communications universe. Well, for most of us at least. And never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that one day we would accumulate close to 7.5GB of mail and be squeezed for space. Now, as your collection hovers near the brim at 95 per cent, the “You are almost out of space for your Gmail account” is both galling and worrisome. To trim the fat in your account, here’s what you should do:
Obviously, the large e-mail attachments—video clips, photos, audio files, PPTS, etc—must be killed first to free up space. A simple `has:attachment’ string in the search box in your Gmail will show you all the attachment-loaded e-mails you have sent or received. But we need to delete attachments selectively. Since the most expendable attachments are those frivolous videos, fire a ‘filename:wmv’ query.this will ferret out all e-mails with Windows Media Video file attachments. Keep what you need and knock off the rest. For MOV files, type: ‘filename:mov’. A search for ‘filename:mp3’ will sift out mails with MP3 attachments and ‘filename:pdf ’ will fetch PDFS. A ‘subject:fwd’ will list mail forwards friends and colleagues have been sending you.