How to Access Gmail From a Computer

by Neil Edwards

Google's free Gmail email service offers convenient options to access your messages and contacts from computers, smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. You can read and compose emails, change your account settings and manage contacts and tasks from any computer by navigating to the Gmail website in the Web browser of your choice.

Launch a Web browser on your computer, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Click the address bar, type "" and press the "Enter" key.

Enter your Gmail credentials into the "Username" and "Password" fields on the right side of the window.

Click the "Sign in" button. Your Gmail inbox will be displayed in the Web browser. Links to other message folders as well as contacts and tasks are shown in the left panel. To change your Gmail and account settings, click the Gear icon in the upper-right corner.


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About the Author

Based out of St. Louis, Neil Edwards has been writing since 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Truman State University and his work has frequently appeared in the "Truman State Monitor." Edwards' varied work experience leads to expertise in several fields, from broadcast communications to cell phones and mobile Internet solutions.