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How to Create a New Gmail Account (Quick Start Guide)
In fact, she's been writing professionally for over 24 years. You'll see your new Gmail inbox with a welcome message from Google. When you have finished reviewing the information on the screen, click the Next button. Quick Links Explore popular categories. And getting starting with creating a new Gmail account is easy.

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Signing out is especially important if you're using a shared computer for example, at a library or office because it prevents others from viewing your emails. In the top-right corner of the page, locate the circle that has your first initial if you've already selected an avatar image, it will show the image instead. To sign out, click the circle and select Sign out.

Occasionally, you may want to make adjustments to Gmail's appearance or behavior. For example, you could create a signature or vacation reply , edit your labels , or change the theme. These adjustments can be made from your mail settings. Like all major email providers, Gmail lets you keep an address book of contacts so you don't have to memorize everyone's email addresses.

You can also add other contact information, like phone numbers , birthdays , and physical addresses. You can also type additional contact information if desired. All changes you make will be saved automatically. By default, when you send an email to a new address, Gmail adds the address to your contacts. You can then go to your contacts to edit the person's information as needed.

You may already have a contact list from another email address, and it would be a lot of work to re-enter all of this information manually. Gmail allows you to import your contacts from another email account, and you can even import all of your email messages from that account. To create a new Google account, which you can use for a new Gmail account, click the Create account link. The Create Your Google Account window appears. The following steps explain how to complete the Create Your Google Account window.

Type your first and last name in the Name field. Type the username for your new Gmail account. You can use letters, numerals or periods in your username. The system ignores capitalization. You may need to try several variations of your desired username. The system will not let you choose a username that is already being used. Type a password for your new Gmail account in the Create a password field. Your new password must be at least eight characters long.

Once you've selected a password, type it again in the Confirm your password field. You must type an exact match of your password. Start with the Create Your Google Account window open. If you need to, use the scroll bar on the right of the window to scroll down.

When you place your cursor in the first Birthday field, a drop-down menu with the months of the year displays. Select your birth month. Type the date of your birth in the second Birthday field.

Type the year of your birth in the third Birthday field. The next few fields can help you recover your account if you forget your username or password.

Enter your cell phone number into the Mobile phone field. Type your current email address into the next field. While you may be able to create a Gmail account without entering the optional recovery information, you will not be able to recover your account if you forget your password.

I highly recommend that you fill out these fields. On some operating systems, you may also be given the option to make Google your default home page. Once you have entered all the required information and the recovery information, click the Next step button.

The Privacy popup displays with Google's privacy agreement and terms of service. It's important to take the time to read the key points summarized in this popup. Use the scroll bar to view all the key points. When you have finished reviewing the information click the I Agree button to create your new Google account.

Click Cancel if you do not wish to create the account. After clicking I Agree in the Privacy popup, you will be asked to verify your mobile phone number if you entered it earlier. Follow the instructions on the verification screens to verify your mobile phone number. Click Continue when you are finished. Click the Continue button when you have reviewed the information on the Welcome screen.

You now have a new Google account which you can use your newly created Gmail account with. Now that you've created a new Gmail account, you're ready to sign in.

Return to the main Google screen. Click the Gmail link. Your new Gmail account that you created opens with an introductory screen. When you have finished reviewing the information on the screen, click the Next button. Another introductory screen appears. Review the screen, and click Next again. Continue to click the Next button through each introductory screen. After the last introductory screen, a popup appears announcing that your new Gmail account is ready to use.

Click the Go to Gmail button. You'll see your new Gmail inbox with a welcome message from Google. You'll also see some icons prompting you to perform various tasks such as adding a photo to your profile, choosing a theme, importing your contacts, and more. Type your first message right away using the Compose button. Or, click the various icons and follow instructions to perform the indicated tasks. When you have finished using your new Gmail account, click the profile icon in the upper right corner.

The Account popup displays. Now that you know how to create a Gmail account, you can sign into and out of Gmail freely. Start working with it now.

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