What makes Gmail special is probably it is constantly evolving and improving – becoming more than just email for many people.
From Gmail it is possible to so many things, chat with friends, organize and share calendars, edit word documents, and many more. The Gmail Labs provided an excellent way for Google to provide users access to extra functionality still in the beta. Gmail can be personalized and one can have many email account opening in the your base Gmail accounts with the same ease as it would have done your any other email clients like Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook etc.
How many feattures of Gmail Labs are worth recommending to the average user? After scanning a growing list of 50 or so Gmail extensions, I would suggest minimum three Gmail Labs features for use.
To enable Gmail Labs, navigate to Settings Labs within your Gmail. Simply select a feature from the list of labs by clicking enable and then save changes at the bottom of the page. If Labs ever malfunctions and prevents your mail from loading, use this link to disable Labs. To follow instructions on how to setup Gmail Labs, click here.
Drag and Drop
DragNDrop“Allows you to reorder the items in your navbar using drag and drop.”
Sounds relatively simple, right? This Gmail extension lets the user decide where those widget-looking boxes (like “chat” and “invite a friend”) on their sidebar in Gmail will go. To re-order a “widget” grab it by the bar at the top, and simply drag it somewhere else.
Face it, if you’ve just added a bunch of new Gmail Labs extensions you’re going to want some of them in different locations than where the all-knowing Gmail Labs placed them. It’s a fact of life. Embrace that desire with this useful extension.
Google Search Box“Displays Google search results inside your mail window, letting you quickly find things and use them when you’re writing an email.”
This is one feature that most people tend to overlook. Once enabled, this extension appears as a small, unobtrusive Google Search box in the Gmail sidebar on the left. Searches in that box return results in a nice chatbox-style area at the bottom of the window.
When clicked on, results will open in a new window so that your email session is not disrupted. This may actually be the perfect extension for those of us that read emails which cause us to impulsively Google Search things.
Give this one a try—you won’t regret it.
Create a document
Create a document is another Gmail Labs star feature which will help you create a new document from your email conversations or if your Gmail shortcuts are enabled then a blank document by hitting g followed by w.
As Gmail Labs has been continuously evolving as a good Samaritan it would be better to leave your feedback as and when you use these features.