Many of us use Gmail as our primary mail client. But most of us don’t know about the most useful features of Google Labs for Gmail. If you are using Gmail and have not used these Gmail Labs options yet, you are definitely missing out some fun.You can get to Gmail Labs by clicking on settings and then selecting Labs options. I am going to discuss about 20 best Gmail Labs features which every user must try. You can enable or disable these settings by simply going to Lab option and selecting enable or diable option in front of every feature.For opening Gmail lab either click on setting and then select Labs option
or you can click directly on green lab button displayed along with settings option.
Sometimes after sending mails you realize that you should not have sent that mail. The Undo Send Labs feature allows you to cancel sending of a mail while it is on its way. This feature introduces a time delay and lets you un-send the message after you have clicked the send button or after you have entered the sent mails displaying your message has been sent.You can see in the image below that we get an undo option after sending a mail.
If you want to categorize your emails you can easily do it with SuperStars feature in Gmail Lab . If you want with something more than a single yellow star, superstars is for you. With this you get a more star icons to choose from for marking emails.
3.Message Sneak Peek
There are times when you are away and you do not have access to your inbox for a long time. And on returning, you find it flooded with hundreds of mails. It could be really time-consuming to read each and every mail one by one by opening them.The newly introduced Labs feature Message Sneak Peek is the solution to this problem. By enabling this Labs feature you can preview your mails without opening them. By right clicking it you can have a preview of the message.
4.Add any gadget by URL
This features lets you add a Gadgets tab to Settings, where you will be able to specify the URL of any gadget. This gadget will be shown in a box in the left column.This feature is specially for those people who love gadgets.
5.Create a Document
It allows you to create a Google Document from an email conversation or a new blank document.This feature can be helpful if you want to send a document or letter to your friends.
6.Custom date formats
This feature adds an options to the general settings page allowing user to change the date and time format which would be independent of language. For example, you can use a 24-hour clock (14:57) or show dates with the day first (31/12/07).
Now Gmail gives you power to import or export your filters.Now you can export your mail filters as a file: back them up, share them, or save them before deleting so you can restore them later. You can then import one of these files to quickly add or restore filters.Once you enable this feature these options become available under Settings, Filters option.
8.Flickr previews in mail.
This feature will show photos previews whenever you receive a Flickr link in an email.
9.Google Calendar gadget
It adds a box in the left column which shows your Google Calendar. You can See upcoming events and their details.
10.Google Docs previews in mail
It allows you to preview your documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly in the email when you receive any link to a Google Doc. It also gives an option to open these documents directly in Google Docs.
11.Google Maps previews in mail
This is a very good feature available in Gmail Labs. It shows Google Map previews of all the addresses found in an email.
It displays Google search results inside your mail window, letting you quickly find things and use them when you’re writing an email. It might be useful in some situations.
13.Google Voice player in mail
It lets you play voice mails left on your Google Voice account right from the email notifications.
This feature will enable you to show up as robot icons if they are currently using Android. Helpful to determine if you are chatting with someone on a computer or someone on an Android device.
This features uses Google Translate to translate messages you receive in other languages.
16.Move Icon Column
This features allows you to move the column containing the attachment and other icons over to the left hand side to make it more noticeable.
17.Pictures in chat
As the name suggest this feature will allow you to See your friends’ profile pictures when you chat with them.
This feature will enable you to move the chat box to the right side of the inbox.
It allows you to insert images into a message body. You can upload and insert image files in your computer, or insert images by URLs. This lab feature will not work if you have offline enabled.
This feature will show a simple, static preview of the inbox while loading.