You may be aware of the Gmail Lab Canned Responseswhich enables standard text to be quickly added as you compose a new Gmail message.

Here’s another nice trick you can use to simplify and speed-up the sending of standard emails.

Because everything in Google Apps is a URL (a web address/link) you can build custom URLs which trigger an action in a Google App.

See also: Use bookmarks to create new Google files 

This URL will generate a Compose New Email window:

from this you can add elements as outlined in the table below.

Note that to include spaces (e.g. for a Subject) you need to use the special characters: %20

Item Action Example
&to= adds to recipients &to=persona@domaina.com,personb@domainb.com
&cc= adds cc recipients &cc=myteam@mydomain.com
&bcc= adds bcc recipients &bcc=bigboss@mydomain.com
&su= adds the subject &su=Welcome%20to%20GAppsTips!
&body=   adds text for the message body          &body=Hello%20to%20You%20all

 

This builds to the link:

https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=persona@domaina.com,personb@domainb.com&cc=myteam@mydomain.com&bcc=bigboss@mydomain.com&su=Welcome%20to%20GAppsTips!&body=Hello%20to%20You%20all

Give it a try – but don’t actually send the message as those are not real email addresses.

However you can use this one to send us a Thank You!

https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=hello@gappstips.com&su=Thanks%20GAppsTips!&body=Hello,%20love%20this%20great%20tip!

Try constructing some of you own and testing them.

Once you know it’s working you can add it as a Chrome bookmark and have it available to use whenever it’s needed.