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Let's assume you're using Windows, and, like us monkeys at Pinkeye Graphics, you also use Googlemail or Gmail for email.
If so, you might well want to have a convenient shortcut to Gmail on your desktop - you know, just like the one that used to go to Outlook Express, all those years ago? In fact, for those changing over to Gmail from Outlook or a similar POP email client, having an email icon in the quick launch bar is a nice bit of comfort. Even if it just opens up a browser it still retains some of that offline look and feel which is reassuring and easy to use.
Find out below how to make this happen in a few brief clicks of the mouse.
First of all, if you're using the Chrome browser, it's almost all done for you. Just go to the Gmail home page, then choose 'Tools' from Chrome's 'Customise and control' menu. In the tools menu you'll see 'Create application shortcuts'. Just follow the instructions in there.
(If you don't know which browser you are using, find out at the "What browser am I using?" website.)
If you're not using Chrome, don't worry! It's still easy. There are two stages, and you don't even have to do the second one if you don't want to. Here's the first.
Making a shortcut to Gmail
You can put a shortcut to any webpage on your desktop or quick launch bar, so Gmail, being just a webpage, is a doddle. This will work with any website at all, but we're using Gmail as an example.
That's the basic bit done. It will now work, and if you don't care how it looks stop now.
Customise your new shortcut
But there's more! Still want more? OK, here's the second part. You'll notice that the icon is not the nice Gmail icon that you usually see. So you'll want to change that.
Here's a file to download: Gmail icon file. If you know how to do that, go ahead. If not, follow these instructions (it's the same file, so you only need to do one). To download the file right-click on the icon file. In Internet Explorer, chose 'Save target as'; or in Chrome or Firefox 'Save link as'. Other browsers have similar options.
Once you've downloaded the file, this is how to use it.
Your icon now has a real authentic Gmail look.
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