Incoming Mail Sound in Gmail

dougglos

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After several attempts, I have managed to arrange for a sound bite to be set up on my PC, so that it will play when any incoming email is received via my Gmail program. However, the sound will only play if any program is open on my desktop. Is there any way I can get round this, such as leaving something permanently open on the desktop?
 

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There is a push notifications which I think can utilized with G-Mail and Chrome. I get push notifications from TSG, though I think Chrome is minimized at the time... will need to check that.

Do you use Chrome? If so, when on the gmail website, click on the lock then site settings. Under notifications, click Allow for Notifications. Then (assuming windows 10) make sure that Chrome is set to On in the Notifications and Actions Settings. (you can do a search for Notifications).

Other than that, I don't know of a sound way without having something open.... my phone also shows notifications from my G-Mail app...
 

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Not using Chrome I Had a lot of problems with it previously, and now using MS Edge quite happily! So rather than having to change back I will try to find a different way of hearing the sound play upon receipt of mail.
 

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Not using Chrome I Had a lot of problems with it previously, and now using MS Edge quite happily! So rather than having to change back I will try to find a different way of hearing the sound play upon receipt of mail.
OK I did a test, I can get notifications with Edge (new one, not legacy), but edge needs to be minimized and signed into your account. You would most likely need an app or an extension to notify you.
 

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I got so far with your last suggestion, but would not know enough to carry out our last bit, re aps or extensions.
 

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Yes I did (see;- " I will probably just leave Gmail open on my desktop" in that thread) and that worked, but I quite often forget it, so that when I have sent an email I simply shut it down, so it no longer remains open on my desktop! I would like to find a way for Gmail to be permanently open there even after I have sent emails.
 

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Re my last (#7) post - I would also like to know whether I can leave any other random website permanently open (say pinned to the taskbar) which would have the effect of allowing the incoming mail sound played.
 

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What method are you using to receive notifications through Edge? I remember you were using the Gmail Notifier with Chrome before and the browser has to be open for that to work.

You should be able to stay logged in to GMail. Have you tried? Or does the session timeout after a while?
 

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Karen - When I want to send or view any received emails, I simply click on an icon which I have on my desktop. I don't know about whether I am permanently logged into it. All I know is that if I click the cross at the top right of my screen after I have finished, it closes. If there is a way to make sure it is always logged in I should like to know how to arrange that, particularly if that would solve my problem re sound when emails are received. If it is relevant, when I go to Google itself, it always appears as open.
 

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It sounds like you're always logged in but that doesn't matter if the program isn't open. So I'd suggest not clicking the X to close it after sending an email. You can simply minimize it and it will stay open but not be an open screen.
 

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Yes, I have done that, and Gmail then sits on my taskbar in readiness, but if I then click on some other website icon, I have to remember to close it separately when I have done with it. In other words, if I click on the X in the top right corner, (as I have normally done) everything will close, including my Gmail. I guess it is a question of training myself to close individual windows, so as to leave Gmail still available.
 

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You should be prompted with a question asking if you want to close all tabs or not.

To get around that you can open GMail is its own Window then minimize it and then open a new Window for the next website you visit so when you close that it won't affect GMail.
 
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1. I don’t receive any prompts about “closing all tabs"

2. Having opened Gmail and then minimized it, if I click on another item (e.g., one of my bookmarked websites) I can look at that, and then close it via its tab at the top of my screen. That leaves my Gmail open but maximized, and I have to minimize it again each time. This means I then have to start from scratch again with Gmail minimized and placed on my taskbar.
 

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You could right-click the bookmark and select the option to open it in a new Window.
 

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