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The greatest Google Mail feature you may not be using (jgc.org)
426 points by jgrahamc 1821 days ago | hide | past | web | 173 comments | favorite

I do use this feature -- I often select random blocks of text while reading. This feature means I often (5-10% of the time) have to click discard and then reply again to get my desired behavior.

In related news nytimes.com used to have a similar feature where the definition of words would pop up when you selected them. It basically caused me to stop reading their site.

Yes! In fact, the Office 2007 team ran into the same problem with "selection readers"[1]. They purposefully designed the minibar (small useful toolbar that appears on text selection) to not interfere with us that like to select while reading/navigating.

It's a shame so many designers out there (NYTimes, Google, and many, many others) fail this basic usability test.

1: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jensenh/archive/2005/10/06/477801.as...

Oh my that NYT feature drove me nuts. Not only does it mess with us habitual selectors but it is basically hidden from the users who need it most, those not savy enough to select-right-click-search-on-google a word they don't understand.

> habitual selectors

Ah, my condition has a name. All it needs now is a support group. My case become terminal when I discovered three finger drag on OSX.

HN is a particularly good site to do it on because of the little lines and gaps that appear between selected blocks of comments. You can get a very satisfying 'pop' of a multi-comment selection springing from a single one if you move your mouse just a bit while dragging over the gap between one comment and the next.

Great, we have our first theoretician. Now we do need some sort of organizational structure for advocacy.

We do. I can smell allowances and tax exemptions. Maybe even an annual fun run.

I don't much mind about the structure, but it'd be really nice if it all lined up perfectly straight.

New recruit reporting for duty. I've never seen anyone else read webpages the same way I do - by selecting to scroll - so it's a surprise to finally find my kin. I guess it was more likely to happen on a place like HN?

Scrolling without selecting is just disorienting when I'm reading.

"Curious... Why are you selecting? Is it to assist in reading, or some other reason?"

Sometimes unconscious compulsion, otherwise to put together a quote in the context of an existing thread.

I immediately noticed this feature due to the high number of discards :)

Scrolling. Selected text or word is just a marker when scrolling fast. It is much easier to follow visually fast moving selected part of the text than to keep track about sentence that I'm currently reading.

When using keyboard it's not that important, since one quickly learn how much PgDn scrolls, but when using mouse it is good to have a selection marker to quickly continue to read from there after scrolling.

I'm waiting for a bug in incognito to be fixed before I start promotion but I built a chrome extension that specifically solves this problem if you'd like to try it out.


>I immediately noticed this feature due to the high number of discards

the same here.

Curious... Why are you selecting? Is it to assist in reading, or some other reason?

No legitimate reason. Part habit, part compulsion, part tic. It's basically doodling with the selection highlight.

Edit: don't need to share all that, I think.

To me it has become a sign that i am bored of what i am reading and should just skip to the story's punchline. Or sometimes abandon it altogether.

I often select text so that I have an easy visual reference when I'm scrolling down. I don't want to scroll too far!

I do exactly the same. For me it's not really selection reading, but selection marking, when scrolling.

I'm kind of happy to have just learned I'm not the only person in the world who habitually selects like this. I've done this for as long as I can remember, and the NYT thing drove me nuts as well.

Oddly enough I guess I always habitually deselect as well, so I've never noticed this gmail feature. Pretty useful.

Now if it browsers supported Sublime Text-style multiple selections for quoting several different bits of a long email, that'd be perfect.

On a sidenote it's kind of fascinating how polarised people are about this feature.

People are polarized because some find it very useful and some very annoying. Seems like a perfect example of what would be the best candidate for configuration option.

Do you also use your text selection as a bookmark?

I do this to save my spot on a page when I need to scroll up or down, but on Windows you can do one better: scroll anywhere by dragging the scroll bar at the edge of the window, then move the cursor away from the bar and your view will snap back to where you were before you started dragging.

It's the single Windows feature I miss the most on other platforms.

Thanks. That's the first time I've ever heard of a use-case that validates that functionality.

I still remember the rage I felt when I switched from the Amiga in 1996 to the PC and found that Windows did that; screwing up a large part of the usability of scrollbars (for me) by adding a (to me) completely incomprehensible requirement for ultra-precise mouse movement or else you get BAM! back to where you started.

Note: not trying to claim that you are in any way "wrong", of course, I'm just pointing out the opposite perspective since I found yours interesting.

I used AdBlock to stop the NYT script that implements it from loading.

A large chunk of the reason I dislike Chrome is because of its weird text selection logic compared to Firefox - boundaries around paragraph starts and ends feel unnatural.

As another habitual text selector in this impromptu support group, I'll vouch for the assertion that Chrome's text selection behavior is really, really strange. Especially bizarre is when it wraps the highlight around the entire width of the page when selecting in a column of text.

Ah. Finally someone here who share my dislike for Chrome for the same reason. It does not snap selections at end of lines and paragraphs and makes too hard to read for people like us. Whenever I used to explain this as my reason behind preferring Firefox to Chrome, I've got curious looks.

Same here. For a couple months tabs where I habitually selected text (repeatedly) would crash in Chromium (on Linux). It almost cured me of this habit but it doesn't seem like this happens anymore.

I've created a poll to collect the reasons why people, like me, select text when they read:


It needs a "Yes, and I don't know why I do it" option

Indeed it does. An other commenter noted that he did it in a way similar to doodling, just habitual and keeping occupied while reading. That's pretty much my case.

I often select a paragraph I am reading in case I get sidetracked or have to tend to a child nearby. It bugs the hell out of me when something got in the way of me selecting a paragraph!

So happy to see that others have this habit of selecting and highlighting bits of text as they read. I've been ridiculed for it, but I'm not the only one!

I'm a clicky-reader too and I'm not ashamed to say it!

I'm amazed and excited we're all in such good company. Thought I was the only one who selected text all the time. But then, I but most of us view source often, and hover and look at where links point to before clicking, both things the general populace doesn't do.

Oh my god that shit.

I remember how the nytimes did that and, like you, it destroyed the experience for me.

Are there any other reader-highlighters out there?

Thunderbird and other email clients do the same. It's pretty handy.

I'm a habitual selector, but I also have the habit of clicking away from my selection before I perform any other action. Thus never had a problem with this feature.

I agree that select-causes-action in the NYT site is bad design, I'm not sure that select-then-take-action-affects-selected is bad design. In the later, it is the normal, expected way to take actions on a subset of the text. Sure, they could add a "reply - selected" button or dropdown option, but that would be a bit kludgey, and people would complain about the complicated/bloated UI.

The NYT "feature" can/could be disabled at the client by blocking one of their JS files. I still have the block in my config.

P.S. I see now that barrkel has already described this and one way of accomplishing it, elsewhere in this thread:


Yep. It happens to me in gmail, and Thunderbird has the same misfeature.

Quora has a very similar annoying behavior. Every time you select some text, it asks if you want to "Embed Quote". I select text just to get some focus.

Yes! And the worst part is that the "Embed Quote" box appears below your selection, obscuring text you're about to read.

The greatest gmail feature you're not using is probably "Undo Send", if you're not already using it. I have it set to the longest possible timeout of 30 secs, and would like an even higher value.

That feature has saved me a couple times. As has the "I see you mentioned an attachment, but there is nothing attached" feature.

Definitely. Saved my arse countless times.

The greatest feature for me is Send and Archive: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-in-labs-send-archi...

That is in fact a brilliant feature, but the one I like the most is the sending undoing, saved me lots of times.

BTW, are you the Google Matt Cutts?

Yes he is.

Thanks! It's actually pretty amazing that in this day and age you interact quite closely to a lot of pretty influential people that some years ago, the equivalent would have been completely un-reachable.

Indeed. HN is surprisingly full of important hackers. The "Internet famous."

I'm looking under settings->labs and don't see anything resembling "Send & Archive".

Any ideas?

It's actually under Settings -> General.

This is a horrible misfeature.

Often, I select bits of an email, to copy and paste elsewhere to check things. Then I hit reply, and wonder why only the currently selected text is there.

There should be a way to turn this "feature" off.

Thunderbird does the same thing and I agree with you. I've learned to just hit reply, then edit.

mail.app on OS X also does this ( can be turned off i think ) and its always a similar annoyance to me ( select something to copy paste and the reply only has that)

At the very least, when you select text it should allow you to "Reply to Selection" as an option in the reply button (perhaps as default). I leave it to the UI experts to determine what's default and wording/icon changes. This meta-mode shouldn't reuse the reply keybinding either, and use a new one.

This would be far more discoverable and only minor changes to documentation over the current approach.

It should also probably be documented.

This feature is also present in Apple Mail, which is fortunate because ever since Apple Mail caught up to Gmail's last remaining interface enhancement (having an "archive" button), the greatest Gmail feature I use is IMAP access.

Wow, great, a condescending title! Fact is, I am using this. It used to be in the settings, I think, which is how I found out about it. And as others have stated, it's in a lot of mail clients. Apple Mail supports this, as does the iOS mail app, too.

"I haven't heard of this feature" != "no one knows about this feature".

He's just using the greatest marketing trick you've never heard of.

Wow, I gave jgc credit for the non-obnoxious title, and then I realized that the title is obnoxious, but the HN gods improved it.

I agree, that is a better title. I've changed the post title to match the HN title.

So, for posterity's sake, the original title was...?

The greatest Google Mail feature you are not using

In a related note, I hate how Google promotes top posting even when I select a specific quote.

Huge annoyance. It got much worse with an update I received about a months ago. The quoted text is by default collapsed so when you want to reply quickly to someone, you won't even notice you're top-posting.

I tried to contact support or fill some feedback form to no avail. I eventually gave up.

Anyway, this is how web apps ride (no a single day passes without me ranting about the current trend, which I find alarming).

What's wrong with top-posting? (I've using email since the 90s, and at some point I realized I only disliked top-posting because of its cultural significance--I now prefer it for its functional advantages.)

There's no big difference if the quoted part is small enough and you're replying in one go (although I'd argue that even there it breaks the historic flow of the conversation).

It is a big of a hassle if you want to reply to parts of the original post, Usenet-style (y'know, before "Usenet" meant "less traceable file sharing"). There having the answer atop of each single paragraph you're responding to is seriously weird, it's like playing Jeopardy with email.

Never mind that breaking up quoted text into parts is pretty buggy with gmail, due to the absence of quote chars (replaced by those colored bars).

This old saw explains it pretty well:


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.

Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

A: Top-posting.

Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?


As ever, there are exceptions, with one-on-one, serial email being the most prevalent. But if there's more than one recipient, top-posting is godawfully confusing.

Seriously... even if they feel they need to do top-posting by default to satisfy the drooling masses trained on outlook, maybe they could use this "selected text" feature as an indication the user is more careful about their reply quoting, and position the cursor below the quotation in that case...

the annoying kind: top post, bottom sig.

That's interesting. Thunderbird has been doing this for a while, and I love it.

Same for Apple Mail.

I definitely don't love it:

1. I'm one of those serial overliners which will randomly select text and paragraphs while reading, so half the time I end up with a completely useless piece of quoted text.

2. I craft mail responses by quoting all the original mail, interspersing responses and cutting the stuff I don't care for afterwards, very rarely do I only need to quote a single contiguous block of text without anything else, unless the single contiguous block of text is "all of the original mail" anyway.

In apple mail you can actually turn this off! (Settings, bottom of the composing tab.)

- another selection reader

As someone who always has to close the original reply, deselect the text and hit reply again, thanks!

I am a serial overliner and I love the feature anyway.

KMail has this as well and it can be deactivated.

I really don't know what the big deal about this is or why an article about it has so many points here.

claws-mail as well. It's a fundamental feature if you're trying to do real work with email. Now if only gmail allowed us to respect the netiquette and had an option/labs for bottom-post by default.

That's neat. I used to cut down emails by means of ctrl-K in my browser, which, being mapped to emacs keys, means "delete this line". However, in their brand new email compose thing, Google has seen fit to override this, making that key combination point to "make a hyperlink" or some such BS, causing me much, much frustration. Yes, I know, you can still utilize the old way of doing things... but for how long until they decide that it's simply got to go and it's time for you to upgrade.

I guess RMS has a point.

Why aren't we able to rebind these keys at will? Why is it hardcoded?

We've been able to rebind keys in videogames for a long time. Why can't we rebind ctrl+o to be cut, ctrl+t to be undo, and ctrl+k to be "delete this line"?

Why can't we have ctrl+v be one clipboard and ctrl+f be a different one?

Web developers are in the process of re-inventing everything that the desktop solved in the 90s. Meanwhile, the desktop is in the process of destroying everything it solved in the 90s. Ah, progress.

I'm confused why this is on the top of the front page.

I'm guessing that a lot of HNers spend a lot of time in their Gmail account, and that this functionality (which was news to me) was perceived as a significant time saver and judged to be worth sharing with the rest of the community.

I guess i just knew about it already and didnt find it ground breaking enough to be on the front page.. but hey, your reason makes sense and i dont have to agree with everything. =P

That's a feature in Mail.app, too. Does that mean I should write a blog post about it? Will it get to the front page of Hacker News? Will it get to the top? What if I say it's the best feature you're not using on Mail.app? I'd be wrong, but people would still go to my site, right?

I honestly think HN should be doing more about linkbait like this.

That's the one feature I hate.

I usually read through emails highlighting (selecting) the important parts with the mouse. So when I hit "R", Gmail quotes only my last selection. Discard, unselect, hit R again.

A great Gmail feature that a lot of people don't use is "Send & Archive". It's very useful for keeping a clean inbox.

I just realized that this feature also exists in Outlook, which explains why many of my replies have strange quotes. I often highlight a user id or URL to copy for further investigation, then hit reply only to be confused by the condensed quote in the reply window. Now it makes sense :)

The greatest Google Mail feature you're not using is definitely Forward All. Forward an entire thread of emails, in chronological order, somewhere.

Is this a lab? The only option I have available is "Forward".

It's in the More dropdown.

Most mail clients seem to do this (maybe not so many web-based ones). Gmail has the problem of creating Tofu:


Does anyone care about top posting any more? I feel like I haven't heard the term since my newsgroup days.

I bottom-post all the time when emailing certain (tech-savvy) individuals. Makes it much easier to reply point-by-point.

However, bottom-posting's value is lost on the vast majority of people, so I don't bother unless it's someone I know will appreciate it.

I can't be sure, but I suspect that what you are calling top-posting is the opposite. Top-posting refers to the sloppy practice of just pasting your reply ("posting") on "top" of the entire quoted email, rather than quoting selectively and replying point-by-point, as you're supposed to do.

Woops, my bad. I meant to write "bottom-posting".

On USENET, especially without a threaded client, top-posting was a sin because it often removed valuable context - or forced the reader to scroll down to see the context then back up to see the reply. It also made for poor arguments in long threads where a poster would address multiple points at once rather than inline, point-by-point.

Similarly, when using non-threaded email clients the same problem exists. The bottom of the post becomes a mishmash of quotes and arrows (ah, "> > > > > > > > > > >", how we miss you) and almost impossible to figure out what the original poster was trying to say.

With threading, and especially Gmail's aggregate view of threads, top posting is far less of an issue. If everyone is using Gmail (e.g. Apps set up within a company), there's very little reason to reply inline for shorter messages, and more reason (phone consumption) to top-post. For longer discussions, though, it still helps to address points individually inline rather than attempt to pull them out on top.

Even within an organisation entirely using Gmail, there are still people who are sticklers for bottom-posting and seethe when they see top-posting. I used to be one of those people on USENET, but for the reasons above, I've changed my stance considerably.

The thing that's made it easiest for me to embrace the top-posting worldview is to remove all redundant fluff from e-mails, including the quote when not forwarding.

That said, it looks like the world is converging around the idea that down maps to past (inboxes, browser history, Twitter, Facebook timeline).

I wonder if anyone has made a top-posting-style shell? It'd be like using less as a shell...

My work email is usually HTML which is clumsy to reformat with the precision I had formatting simple text using Emacs+Gnus on Usenet. Normally I'd rather have the transcript of successive emails anyway.

If by "care about" you mean "annoyed by it and treat it as a sign that I am corresponding with a techno-illiterate who is, in addition, at least somewhat slovenly in regard to his correspondence," then, yes.

Wow, it's a slow news day on HN today.

Here is the email feature I want. If I paste a URL that looks like a post/article into a new message, I want the slug automagically split, title cased and copied into the subject line.

For example:

Would generate this subject:

    The Greatest Google Mail Feature You
Yes, this was a bad example because the title has been truncated, but I can fill in the rest manually. Most slugs contain the full title.

Or they could just do what Facebook does and load the page server-side and get the real title.

Yeah, that would be the ideal strategy for pages with an og:title tag.

Fetching the url and sticking the "title" in the subject might be better.

I love this feature, and have been using it for a while.

Off topic, but a similar feature exists in Pinboard (https://pinboard.in). You can select some text on the page before clicking bookmark, and that gets set as the description of the page in the bookmark. It's a pretty handy feature if the page title is not enough to describe what the page is about.

To turn this off in Mail.app: Preferences | Composing | Responding | "When quoting text in replies"... "Include all the original message text"

So does Apple Mail. So, when I used that feature in Gmail, I wasn't really surprised and actually expected it to be there.

Similarly, BufferApp post with the selected text instead of the title.

This is indeed a good UX feature and people should use this where it make sense - select text and put it in context with the next action.

I'd like Gmail to do better as an email client confirming to standards. If someone sends me an email with the Resent-{From,To,...} headers then I want them shown to me. How can I forward an email as a message/rfc822 MIME content-type rather than a poor rough text approximation in the main body?

I've been using this feature for ages, but it got much worse about six months ago when the last message in a thread became automatically "focused". Now when I scroll up in a thread and select some text, the message I'm selecting text from doesn't automatically get focus. I have to click one extra time to get focus on the message I'm selecting. Even after half a year, I still forget the extra click in about 20 emails per day, making the reply go to the last message in the thread, with the entire thing quoted. To recover, I have to discard my new message, scroll back to the thing I wanted to reply to, and repeat the process. I filed a bug report in the first week, but no response and the bug remains.

I've accidentally used this feature a number of times, and it drives me nuts.

The greatest feature about Gmail that not enough use is 2-factor auth (even though it is not limited to Gmail- other web-based mail services provide it); it is a pain in the arse, but after you get hacked once or twice, you'll be happy you did it. Popular Saas apps are prime targets for being hacked. It may mean they are safer, but they are also riskier to use. If you're not using 2-factor auth, you should probably not use Gmail, unless a hacker taking control of your account wouldn't bother you or your contacts.

I thought most of the email clients did that already and I just checked a few which in fact don't! I'm pretty sure thunderbird does this if you want the same feature on an external application.

Mail.app does this too, except that I keep using it accidentally.

That's all nice and dandy, but check this out. For a few months now I've been noticing that emails from my inbox were being moved after a few days into spam, without any kind of warning. This happens once every two weeks, more or less.

We're not talking about false positives, these are emails that stay in my inbox for days before being moved to the spam folder. Which basically means I need to check my spam folder every day. Trust forever lost.

Do you have keyboard shortcuts enabled?

No. What does that have to do with anything?

If you typed a stray ! in a GMail window, it would mark a conversation as spam.

It's not the case. This is much more serious.

Like many, it's probably one of the first "feature" I bumped into with Gmail and that still annoys the hell out of me years later.

I'm pretty sure this feature is not on by default. You must turn it on in labs and then it is enabled. It's odd if that's the case because everyone posting here knows of it as if it were just part of the experience.

But I'm looking at the on/off radio button in labs in another tab right now.

Great! Except lately I've come to despise ui elements that can only be discovered by accident. An easily usable and effective feature that I only find via a blog post is a feature that could use some visual feedback.

This is an unfair comment. Think about all the features gmail has that aren't buttons in the UI. Would you really like 1) Buttons for all of these 2) some pop-up or otherwise annoying message coming up for each of these features when your trying to write/read an email?

I think that's the challenge of good UI - being visually informative without overloading the user.

Subtlety is a difficult thing to achieve in any field. Silence, however, is anything but subtle.

This makes a good combo with my other favorite Gmail trick: followup.cc

I personally don't like that feature, for I often select a portion of the email (eg a name or an address to google it) and then when I hit reply I notice only the highlighted text remains!

And I was about to say "Of course I'm not using this since I don't use gmail" but I use claws, which does this. Personally I would chuck any mouse-using client that doesn't do this.

That is a cool feature and was new to me. I liked it.

But you cann't reply to two different selections together. Probably because none of the browsers allow controlled selection using CTRL key.

I often "hit" this feature by mistake because I "mark" the text I am reading. Personally I find it annoying and if I could I would disable it... any help apreciated.

I tried using this feature in Apple Mail for a few weeks before turning it off because it was super annoying (I found it annoying for the same reasons mibbitier did).

Thank you for pointing out that you were able to turn this off!

Same in Thunderbird

jgrahamc - Offtopic, but usethesource.com is down.[1][2] Since it's still being linked from your blog, I assume this is unintentional and possibly went unnoticed.

[1] http://www.usethesource.com

[2] http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.usethesource.com

Thanks for the reminder.

I hate this feature - I always select something when reading, hit reply and then find out it quoted something I randomly selected..

Is this "feature" new?

All of the sudden recently I noticed a lot of single word quoted replies happening to me, and I figured it was a bug.

Does anyone know of a way to select multiple passages to be quoted automatically? A control+click/drag if you will?

Normally titles like this are just insipid articles of link bait, but I agree this is a handy feature. Thanks!

I just noticed this feature today, I kept wondering why I was replying to sections of emails!

I fail to see what's so difficult about simply deleting the irrelevant text in a long email.

Is there a way in GMail (and Reader) to set a unread item as read ? It drives me crazy ...

There's a lab that adds a 'Mark as read' button. I usually just archive them with keyboard shortcuts. Just hit *-u and then press e.

Yes, just select the emails you want and then click More...Mark as read

Yep I forgot to say "in one click" :)

the issue i have with this is that it deletes all previous messages from the email thread. So if someone wants to read back through previous messages or forward the email onto someone who does - no es posible.

conversely, this is one of the main reasons i use this feature.

why would you want to delete a thread history?

Not all that useful if I want to respond to more than one quote, is it?

This feature is also available in the Sparrow desktop client.

i don't think i'll be using it in the future

most of my email flows like a conversation, i don't need to bring back older parts if my recipient already has them in front of him.

What if I want to highlight and quote separate paragraphs?

Use this all the time. Apple mail has the same feature.

The Mail app on OS X has this for some time now.

Don't lots of other email clients do this too?

any mail client does that imo.. Mail.app too

AOL had this feature in the mid-90s

If you select an area of a message and then hit Reply only the selected text will be quoted in the response.

I have been using it since...

My favorite feature is Mute.

Another useful feature you may not be using is the Priority Inbox.

No, wait. I'm lying. It's crap.

yes, the greatest feature, that ever email clients.

While we are talking about greatest features and GMail... it would be awfully nice if they would finally implement some sort of sub-string search, given it's almost 2013 and they are synonymous with searching and finding things on the internet.

It is incredibly frustrating that in order to be able to find an email I received years ago I have to figure out exactly how someone might have written a certain term in that mail. And I cannot see any excuse for not offering that feature; limit me to a few substring searches a day if resources are an issue and I don't expect fully-indexed lightning-fast results, a simple "grep", so to speak, would be just fine...but please let me search my mails properly!

Even though sub-string search is a slightly offtopic for this post I'll go on with this.

As a native Finn it's quite hard to use Gmail search for anything in our native language.

Just an example. If I want to search for, as an example, invoices (which many companies send directly to your email) I simply cannot do it.

The reason is this: "Tässä laskunne" - "Here is your invoice" "Saitte laskun" - "You've received an invoice" "Puhelinlasku" - "Mobile bill" (the monthly invoice)

The word for invoice in Finnish is "lasku". And there are immense amount of ways to morph the word. And that is with every word. So in order to search for those kinds of mails we usually just search in the basic form. In GMail it's impossible so it's a pure guessing game.

I think this shows nicely that when developing something and thinking "This feature is not really needed" you might accidentally ruin the whole main feature for use cases you're not familiar with.

I use Opera for this. It is set to periodically fetch my mails from Gmail and I do not use its builtin mailer to send/receive/read mails (I use the web interface for that), but if I need a substring search then I open the Opera mail search panel and it allows me to dig through my past mail with substring search.

Edit: maybe it is doing prefix search only (I dont' know I search prefixes usually), so it's no true substring search, but prefix search is very useful in itself.

Yes please :) . If a third party implements this, I might use it as well :) (I don't care how - POP3 offloading to my PC?).

Well, I'll add it to my "startup ideas" list :) .

Nice, didn't know about that feature of Opera.

Best Gmail feature is "Undo Send" - period. It has saved me embarrassment countless number of times.

No contest for "Undo send"; but lets be honest; in almost all applications undoing is the most used feature.

Yeah but undoing sending something to someone as opposed to editing a text file feels like pure magic, not to mention the fact that the undo link is right up there in front of you after you have clicked Send.

So many people in this thread are saying they highlight sections of text as they read. I don't do that, and no-one I know does that.

What is the benefit? Is it intentional, or is it a habit with no real use?

I do it in more or less the same way that I idly thumb the corner of a book I'm reading, or repeatedly open and close a pen while I'm reading code.

It's just something tactile to do while my attention is otherwise occupied.

I do it all the time...just out of habit really but it's one I can never see myself dropping...even in nano on an SSH client :p it makes reading easier for me, I installed flux recently too in order to make the white strain less on my eyes...maybe there's a correlation there?

I don't do this, but I could see someone doing it to keep track of where they are in a large article.

Same reason some people line up the pens on their desk or tap their fingers.

Highlights my place and makes it easier to know where I am while scrolling.

Wow!! This is fantastic.

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