|CREATE A GOOGLE E-MAIL (GMAIL) ACCOUNT|
In this section I will teach you how to create a Google Account, which in turn will automatically create you a Google E-Mail Account; otherwise known as a GMail Account. The Google Account will be your Master google account which can be used to attach other google services to it such as GMail, Google Adsense, Google Adwords and Blogger. Without the, master, google account you cannot create a GMail Account for example.
With the above said; Begin by typing http://mail.google.com/ inside your web browser's Address Bar edit box and then press the ENTER keyboard key. Doing so will take you to the GMail Account LOG-IN page (Fig 1.1). If you are on the Google home page (i.e. google.com or google.co.uk) you can click on the GMAIL menu-item instead, located on its charcoal coloured menu bar.
When you arrive on the GMail Account LOG-IN page (above) ignore the USER NAME and PASSWORD edit boxes because you do not have an account to log-in to yet. Just click on the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button instead, located in the top-right corner of the page, to get to the Google Account Sign-Up page.
The application form on the Google Account Sign-Up page is relatively straight forward to fill in, but even so I will still take you through it! There are some key points to mention. As you can see from the above screenshot; The first part requires a Name, User Name and Password:
The NAME entry is used as a Display Name, when you compose (write) a new e-mail message for example. It is the name your e-mail contacts will see when they receive one of your e-mails. You could use a Fake display name, especially if you are going to use this gmail e-mail address and therefore its display name for purposes such as making anonymous enquiries by e-mail or posting on forums. On the other hand, if you are happy to supply your Real name then enter it in the NAME entry.
The USER NAME entry is used as a User Name (i.e. Nickname) and as part of your E-Mail Address. You could use this as a Fake e-mail address for the purposes just mentioned (above) or you could use it as a Business e-mail address, as many people do. Bear in mind though that some companies may not take your business too seriously if it uses a gmail e-mail address. In their eyes it does not look professional.
The PASSWORD entry is for you to create a NEW Password for this this new gmail e-mail address only. It is not asking you for your computer's password or any other passwords you have. It wants you to create a NEW Password which is used for this gmail e-mail address only. So think of something NEW - Do NOT use an existing password.
When you have entered the required entries above scroll down the page to fill in the next batch of required entries. They are a little personal, but in some cases necessary for account verification purposes. They are Birthday, Gender, Mobile Phone and Other E-Mail Address.
The BIRTHDAY entry needs your Date Of Birth details. They are used by Google for verification purposes rather than for public viewing. Even so, if you don't want too many details being revealed about yourself simply enter Fake birthday details.
The GENDER entry, which is a drop-down menu, specifies MALE, FEMALE or OTHER. Now before you go "How can I be OTHER?", OTHER is used to mean "I don't want to specify my gender". So if you are worried about giving out too much personal information simply specify OTHER.
The MOBILE PHONE entry, which is optional, is another piece of personal information that is required for verification purposes, such as when you have forgotten your Password. Again, if you do not feel comfortable with giving out so much personal information either enter a Fake mobile phone number or just leave the entry blank. To be fair to Google, I have yet to receive a phone call from them. So as far as I am concerned they do not spam you or use your number at all. Obviously if you forget your Password and have supplied a mobile phone number (fake or real) they will text you a reset code, but that is all.
Other E-Mail Address
The OTHER E-MAIL ADDRESS entry, which is optional, requires you to supply a different e-mail address for the purpose of sending you a "Reset Password" e-mail, should you require one when going through Google's forgotten password process. If you leave this entry blank, and the mobile phone entry blank, you will be limiting your options for password recovery.
The DEFAULT HOMEPAGE setting only appears when using another web browser other than Google Chrome (i.e. when you are using Internet Explorer 9). This settings, when ticked, will bring up a prompt (message requester) later that asks you if you want to make www.google.com your web browser's default homepage. If you do not want www.google.com to be your web browser's default homepage simply untick this setting.
Prove You're Not A Robot
The PROVE YOU'RE NOT A ROBOT entry requires you to enter those stupid wordings. You know, the ones you can never read! This is just a security measure to prove that you are a human typing in those stupid words. Simply enter the characters you see into the TYPE THE TWO PIECES OF TEXT edit box and then scroll down the page to complete the application form.
You also need to make sure the LOCATION drop-down menu setting is set to your Country (i.e. United Kingdom) in order to benefit from using the correct language and google services - Some google services are not always available to certain countries when they are first introduced for example. The setting called GOOGLE MAY USE MY ACCOUNT INFORMATION..... can be unticked if you want, but I personally don't mind leaving it ticked; especially if my personal details are Fake!!
Clicking on the NEXT STEP button (Fig 1.4 above) takes you to Step 2 of the Google Account Sign-Up process (below). It gives you the option to add a photograph to your profile. You could skip this step, by clicking on the NEXT STEP button, but here I will walk you through the process. So begin by clicking on the ADD PROFILE PHOTO button to bring up the Select Profile Photo file requester (Fig 1.6).
When the Select Profile Photo file requester appears (above) click on its SELECT A PHOTO FROM YOUR COMPUTER button to bring up a standard, Choose File To Upload, file requester (browser) that wants you to locate and open a photo file (john_cairns.jpg). In this example I have selected the photo file called john_cairns.jpg, located in my Profile_Picture sub-folder, and then clicked on the file requester's OPEN button.
When you click on the OPEN button it actually uploads your selected photo file to the GMail website (server) ready for you to adjust it. In the example below I have adjusted (moved) the white transparent box around my face so that it captures the best part of me. NO, I don't mean my ugliness!! I mean I have captured my hair and neck. In other words, you may need to play around with the box before it captures the best of you. When you are happy with the box placement click on the SET AS PROFILE PHOTO button to make that photo your profile photo.
At this point you can still edit your profile photo (i.e. upload a different one), but for this example just click on the NEXT STEP button (below) to complete the Google Account Sign-Up process which includes the creation of your GMail E-Mail Address (Account). From there you just need to click on the CONTINUE TO GMAIL button (Fig 1.10) to automatically log you into your new GMail E-Mail Account (Fig 1.11).
When the above "Loading" (Log-In) progress bar (gauge) has finished you will be logged-in to your new GMail E-Mail Account (below) whereby the first thing you will notice is the "Quick Tour" Welcome window. A mini Getting Started tutorial basically. If you are interested in it simply read each of its tutorial windows before clicking on their NEXT button. And if you are not interested, for whatever reason(s), simply click on the X button to close the Welcome (tutorial) window.
With the "Quick Tour" tutorial window closed you can now start using your new GMail E-Mail Account. In the next couple of sections I will be showing you some of the BASICS of using GMail E-Mail, as well as covering some of its settings, but for now I will show you how to log-out of your new GMail E-Mail Account.
To sign out (log out) of your new GMail E-Mail Account simply click on your profile photo, to bring up the Account Options window, and then click on the SIGN OUT button. Clicking on the drop-down menu (little down-pointing triangle) next to your profile photo will also bring up the Account Options window.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you sign out of your GMAIL E-Mail Account when you have finished using it because if you don't, if you simply close the window that gmail is using, you will not be signed out (logged out/off). This is because gmail remembers your log-in settings and does not log you out when you close its window. This is good if you want to use GMail in the future without having to log-in all the time, but bad if you are on a public computer (i.e. in an internet cafe) whereby the next customer could snoop on your e-mail, delete your e-mail or worse. So think very carefully about these two log-out options.
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