Never Send Gmail to the Wrong Recipient Again

Last Updated Oct 21, 2009 11:33 PM EDT

My mom always told me that it was okay to make mistakes - that's why pencils have erasers. At work, though, erasers are scarce. It's best to avoid making mistakes to begin with. Especially embarrassing: Sending email to the wrong person. Or leaving an important recipient off the TO line. Thankfully, there are settings to prevent both of these problems in Gmail.


To get to these tweaks, just got to the Labs page (at the top of Gmail, click Settings and then click the Labs tab). Then scroll down to find these two hidden gems:

Don't forget Bob. After you pick a couple of recipients, Gmail will suggest other people to add based on your past email patterns. If you usually CC your boss when you send email to Susan, Gmail will catch on and start suggesting that for you.

Got the wrong Bob? This one is potentially even more useful. It's easy to accidentally enter the wrong person in the TO line if your address book contains multiple people with the same first name. If you're emailing more than two people, then Gmail will confirm if you've chosen the right people that share a first name with someone else in your contacts list.


Here are some other cool Google Labs experiments you might want to check out, too: