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article imageNew in Gmail Labs: Add your location to your email signature

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 11, 2009 in Internet
A new feature in Google Labs caters to those who travel a lot: Gmail now allows you to add the location from which you are sending an email so recipients know where you are.
Marco Bonechi, a Google Engineer developed this feature during his 20 per cent time.
For those not familiar with Google's 20 per cent time, Google's official blog explains: "The 20 percent time is a well-known part of our philosophy here, enabling engineers to spend one day a week working on projects that aren't necessarily in our job descriptions. You can use the time to develop something new, or if you see something that's broken, you can use the time to fix it."
So in his 20 per cent time, Bonechi wanted to create a tool for those who frequently move from place to place. Once the feature is enabled, it will append your location in your signature and add the city and country from which you are sending the email.
How to add location in your Gmail?
1. Go to Settings and click “Labs”.
2. Go to “Location in Signature” and enable the feature.
3. Click “Save Changes”
4. Go to Settings again and click “General” tab.
5. Go to “Signatures” and click the “Append your location to the signature."
6. Click “Save Changes”.
Once set, you will see the location added to your email signature as follows:
Add your location in Gmail.
Add your location in Gmail.
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Gmail uses your public IP address to determine your location, which can sometimes be inaccurate (for example, Bonechi mentions the public IP can think you're from Germany if you're at Heathrow airport. So, for more accurate location services you can use this Gears application, which helps you to save data offline. According to Bonechi, Gears uses Wi-Fi access point signals to recognize your precise location.
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