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[O] direct link to mails in gmail

From: Torsten Wagner
Subject: [O] direct link to mails in gmail
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:41:24 +0900
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I just figured out some kind of very interesting possibility.
All the personal data and security feelings aside, I use a gmail account since I share it between many different computers.

In my org-files, I would sometimes like to link to a particular mail e.g., for reference purpose. Today I noticed that each email in my google mail account has a unique and fixed URL.
Thus, I gave it a try

1. Open your gmail account (log-in)
2. Open the mail you like to refer too.
3. Copy the URL
4. Add the URL as a link (C-c C-l) to your org-file

After that, clicking on the link will open the mail directly in your standard webbrowser. If you logged out from google mail in between, you are ask to log-in first, after that select the link again.

But it is getting even better. You are not only able to link to particular mails within org-mode, but also to google mail labels (folders) or search results.

To make it even more org-mode friendly one can set-up org-capture in your webbrowser [1].

I added the following to the org-capture-templates list
("g" "Gmail-link" entry (file+headline "~/org/work.org" "Gmail-links") "%A")

Thus, pressing the assigned button in your browser and emacs will ask you what kind of link you want to add to your file. Press g for gmail and enter the description for the link (this could be done automatically, but I find it to long and not helpful). You will find the link in your capture buffer in emacs for further processing

I really like it and I hope others find this useful too.
Not sure about the safety issue to link to URLs within your gmail account. Maybe others can comment on this.

All the best


[1] http://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/org-protocol.html

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