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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Use Gmail's Canned Responses to quickly add sets of tasks

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by Emily Boyd

Canned Responses in Gmail

This creative tip from michael.stainthorpe combines the Canned Responses feature in Gmail with email import in Remember The Milk for task adding goodness:

If I decide that I want to cook a meal (which I cook on a regular basis and has a long list of ingredients) I send an e-mail to the RTM Import e-mail address containing the full list of ingredients to be added to my RTM Grocery List.

However, to save typing this e-mail every time I want to cook this dish I've saved the list of ingredients as a 'canned response' in Gmail so, if I want to load this meal into my grocery list I just go to Gmail and select this 'canned response', send it to RTM and within a few seconds the ingredients have loaded into my grocery list.

I can then go to my store cupboard, complete the items which I already have (such as balsamic vinegar, olive oil etc) and I'm left with the list of items which I need to get from the store which I can complete as I put them in my trolley using the RTM iPhone app.

This could be used for any event for which you need a standard set of items. Say you were going camping, you could have a 'canned response' e-mail containing Tent, Mini Cooker, Walking Boots, Mosquito Spray etc.

Thanks for sharing this tip, michael.stainthorpe! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week. :)

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