Keep it Simple with Google Logins

Keep it Simple with Google LoginsWe’ve all heard the mantra K.I.S.S. for “keep it simple, stupid.” With a high-tech world swirling around us at breakneck speed, we have to prioritize our time as carefully as we budget our finances if we want to get anything done in a day. Whether we’re trying to make sure we blog every day or efficiently manage our information intake, we probably have our own shortcuts that rely on some sort of technological innovation or another. But making sure we utilize these resources with maximum results requires re-examination of the K.I.S.S. standard from time to time. The way that you’re doing something today may not be the best way of doing it tomorrow. Just one example: We don’t use covered wagons to migrate our families across unpaved continents anymore when interstate highways and air travel make it a much easier endeavor nowadays.

Google grew to become the search engine of choice for most of the world mainly by offering its users a clean, simple interface that just got (and still gets) the job done with no fuss or muss. And while its services have expanded well beyond the realm of the search engine, it’s clear that Google constantly has the K.I.S.S. principle in mind as it unveils new goodies for the world to enjoy. Here, we try and make things simpler still by showing you how to do three common things with Google services: how to log in to a Google account, how to log in to Google Talk, and how to log into Google Mail (aka Gmail).

How To Log in to a Google Account

Google has several features to help manage your email, RSS feeds, calendar, and more. Once you have set up an account with Google, such as by creating a Gmail account, here is how to log in to your Google account:

  • Type the following into the URL bar of your browser: google.com
  • Click Sign in in the top right corner of the webpage.
  • On the next page, sign in with your Google account. Enter your email address (usually your Gmail address) and Google password in the blue box on the right side of the page. Click Sign in. If you are using a personal computer, you may also opt to check the box to Stay signed in. This is not recommended if you are using a public or work computer.
  • You will then be logged into your Google account and redirected back to Google.com. Choose which feature of Google you would like to access from the menu bar at the top — the list includes Videos, News, Reader, and Gmail. Other features are available from the More dropdown list in the menu bar at the top of the Google.com homepage.

Alternatively, you can log in to your Google Account from Gmail:

  • Type the following into the URL bar of your browser: gmail.com
  • Sign in with your Gmail account. Enter your Gmail address and your password in the blue box on the right side of the page. Click “Sign In.” You will then be directed to your Google Mail, or Gmail, account.
  • You will now be logged in to all of your other Google accounts, as well.

How to Log in to Google Talk

Google Chat, or Gchat, has evolved as one of the primary instant messaging tools, especially for professionals. For those maintaining several conversations using Gchat, it can be difficult to switch between windows or even apps. Google now has its own native chat client, Google Talk, so Gchat users can IM right from their PC desktop. Here’s how to log in to Google Talk:

  • Download Google Talk from google.com/talk/. You can also download the Video and Voice plug-in for Google Talk from this page.
  • Once downloaded and installed, open the Google Talk application.
  • Enter your Google username (without the @gmail.com) and password, and click Sign in.
  • Once you are logged in you can change your settings, status messages, or start chatting. You may want to log out of chat from your Gmail account, especially if you are logged in from multiple computers. This will both prevent duplicate messages popping up on the same computer, and the occasional incident of an IM being delivered to another computer while being set as away using Google Talk.

How to Log in to Google Mail

If you have a Google Mail account to manage your email, also known as Gmail account, or have a Google Apps for Domains account, there are several ways to access it. If you use Google for your email, here is how to log in to Google mail:

  • Type the following into the URL bar of your browser: google.com
  • Click Sign in at the top right of the webpage.
  • On the next page, sign in with your Google account. Enter your Gmail or Google account email address and your password in the blue box on the right side of the page. Click Sign in. If you are using a personal computer, you may also opt to check the box to Stay signed in. This is not recommended if you are using a public or work computer.
  • To access your Google Mail — or Gmail — once you are logged into your Google account, click on Gmail on to the top bar (located seven from the left). You will then be directed to your Google Mail, or Gmail, account.

Alternatively, to access only a Gmail account (this will not work for Google Apps for Domains accounts):

  • Type the following into the URL bar of your browser: gmail.com
  • Sign in with your Gmail account. Enter your Gmail email address and your password in the blue box on the right side of the page. Click Sign in. See above about the option to check the box to Stay signed in.
  • You will then be directed to your Gmail account.

No need to do the hokey pokey or turn yourself around, as this is pretty much what it’s all about. See? We kept it simple (and really, there’s no need to call anyone stupid — that’s just rude)!

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Kelly Clay, author of Blog Without Boundaries, is a freelance writer and lifestyle advisor.