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If you want to switch your e-mail account to Gmail, Google has made it easier than ever. E-mail accounts aren't easy to get rid of — they store information you might need in the future, and the fact that most of them are free means it's easier to keep them and go on using them — for example, as a send-your-spam-here account.


However, if you're ready to make the switch to Gmail from, say, AOL or another service, Google provides a tool to help you move everything over to a new Gmail account. By following the steps on the information page on importing contacts and mail, you'll be able to take advantage of all the features and convenience of a Gmail account with everything you have at the old account.

Even if you don't want to give it up now, you can point your account to Gmail and run everything from there.

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Levine is the president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and worked to bring the internet to underserved parts of the world as a trustee of The Internet Society.

Alison Barrows is the author or coauthor of several books about Access, Windows, and the Internet. Joseph Stockman is an 18-year software designer who has authored or coauthored five Access programming books. Allen Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of over 20 books.

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