Downloading gmail to my computer

Is there any way to download my emails from Gmail onto my local disk? Having recently purchased a new computer with Win 7 but no email client, I have been trying out Gmail and its free storage up in the “cloud”. I am beginning to wonder if this is the right way to go, as from time to time I am away from an internet connection for extended periods, at which times I may want to refer to my past mail.

Cloud computing, where data is saved and software run across the Internet on other people’s servers is the way the technology industry is going as it offers compelling cost and productivity benefits.

But as you’ve discovered there are downsides to cloud computing, particularly when you don’t have an Internet connection.

In Gmail’s case, there is an option to deal with this. In the top right hand corner, click on Settings then select the Offline tab.

Once you are in the Offline settings, tick Enable Offline Mail for this computer.

The site may then ask you to enable their website for gears and when you accept that, Gmail will then save copies of your emails to your system.

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