Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Use and add Google Labs in Gmail, part of Gmail Essential Training.
- Google has a virtual playground or sandbox of add-ons that work with Gmail and other Google products. It's called Google Labs. Think of it as an app store, except the apps are more like prototypes than actual finished, polished products. Because of this, if you add an app from Google Labs it may not be entirely bug-free. It may also disappear at any time. But there are some great things that you can do. For example, I have a Lab installed called Right-side Chat. It moved that Google Hangout window that usually is on the bottom left-hand side of my screen and brought it over to the top right-hand side.
It's a personal preference, I happen to like it this way better. To access Google Labs and find some things to add to your Gmail account, click the gear icon and choose Settings. From here, click Labs, and here's where you can browse Google Labs. You can scroll down, see the Lab title, and see what it does. For any Lab that you want to enable, simply click the Enable radio button. Alternatively, if you're done with a particular Lab, you can come back in here and click Disable next to the Lab.
I'm going to enable this Lab titled Google Maps previews in mail. I'll scroll all the way to the bottom, click Save Changes, and let's see what that did. Here's an email that has an address in it. With this new Lab that I've enabled, I can see a Google Map right in my email. At any time, I can disable this by clicking the gear icon, choosing Settings, going back to the Labs section, and my enabled Labs are right at the very top of the screen.
I can select Disable, scroll all the way to the bottom, click Save Changes, the screen gets reloaded, and my Lab is gone. Google Labs are fun to play around with. Go in there, take a look, see if there's something that can help you out.
- Changing themes and inbox types
- Composing and sending messages
- Replying to email
- Inserting images and attachments
- Labeling and filtering email
- Creating filters to automatically process messages
- Adding additional email accounts to Gmail
- Creating contacts and contact groups
- Initiating text and video chats
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Accessing Gmail on a mobile device