“I’m now an avid emailer.  Thankfully, it’s much easier than I thought it would be and I love the fact that I can send and receive messages at the touch of a button.  It makes staying in touch incredibly easy.”

Envelope and @ signThe very first email or "electronic mail" was sent in 1971, by a computer programmer in Massachusetts. It has revolutionised the way that we communicate with each other.  Never has it been so easy or instant to send a message across the world.  Our straightforward guides will take you from getting your own email account right through to emailing photos and birthday cards to friends and family – wherever they might be.

Back to basics: what an email is anyway…

Simple steps to keeping your personal information safe, avoiding scams and spam when using email.

Here are the options and an overview of the process involved.

The step-by-step guide to getting this free Google email account.

A guide to opening and reading the contents of an email message.

A quick guide to deleting unwanted messages from your email inbox.

A simple step-by-step guide to help you create and send an email.

A step-by-step guide to sending one email to several different email addresses at once.

How to open a file that has been sent via email.

A simple guide to attaching and sending a document from your computer via email.

Simple instructions for emailing a photo or picture.

A guide to sending greetings cards and messages through email.

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to secure sensitive information, such as personal identity and credit card details, while masquerading as a legitimate operation or individual.

An explanation of this popular, digital way of meeting people online.

An easy-to-read explanation of this very popular form of e-communication.

An explanation of this much-used term.

It's wise to change your Gmail password regularly and luckily, it's very easy to do!

If you want to stay up-to-date with a topic, a great way is to set up a Google Alert so that you get sent an email with the latest webpages and news items and other new content about that topic. 

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These days, there are lots of quick ways you can make and receive payments from friends and family, online. One of the easiest is through email provider, Gmail.

This guide will teach you how to use this feature from a web browser.  

Besides sending and receiving email, Gmail users have access to a range of additional features that can be quite useful. One of the most popular features is Gmail Chat.

Gmail is one of the most popular online email providers. If you have a Gmail account, having it set up on your mobile makes it easy for you to read and reply to your email at any time without needing to sit down in front of a computer.