Google labs

Gmail's Labs used to lớn be where a number of advanced features lived. The idea: Google would kiểm tra features here và possibly fold them inlớn Gmail later. Log in to lớn Gmail now, however, and you won't find the Labs tab in settings. Does that mean features lượt thích canned responses và auto-advance are just gone? No, they just moved. Most are now under the Advanced header.

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Plus, some labs were retired baông xã in 2017; some, lượt thích unvị skết thúc, are built-in Gmail features now; & a couple others—multiple inboxes & previews pane—were moved khổng lồ other places.

Let's go over the major ones.

Auto-advance messages to lớn go through your inbox faster

If you're the type of person who likes khổng lồ process your inbox in one go, the Auto-Advance Lab can help. Instead of bringing you bachồng to your inbox after you delete, archive, or mute a conversation, you'll instead see the next message in Gmail. No more procrastinating on your messages, ok? Just email the person baông chồng. 

Sover quiông chồng replies with templates


This lightweight extra feature may also be one of the most effective ones. When you find yourself composing the same email over & over again, create an easily accessible template for it by adding it lớn your Template library (formerly called Canned responses). Here's how to access & use this feature, & here's how it can help you in work and dating.

The templates also support links, which make them handy for storing tin nhắn signatures.

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Custom keyboard shortcuts và the unread message icon

There are a couple more simple options here. The first lets you phối up any keyboard shortcuts that you can imagine for Gmail. Simply enable the feature, save, và keyboard shortcuts will show up as a tab in your settings. 



This is a great way khổng lồ see how many unread emails you have sầu at a glance, particularly if you tover to lớn pin your Gmail tab. 

The preview pane has a button now

The pđánh giá pane or reading pane was a popular Labs feature. This made Gmail work more like Outlook, where you can see a danh mục of your emails in a panel alongside the currently open email. There's now a button for this in the main Gmail interface. 


You can vị a vertical split, as shown above sầu, or a horizontal split. 

Make multiple custom inboxes

Multiple inboxes used to lớn be a Labs feature, but now you can find it in the Gmail quichồng settings.

This is a power user feature that lets you take full control over your Gmail inbox. Basically you can use Gmail's advanced tìm kiếm functions to make a number of different inboxes. I, for example, use this to lớn sort my emails by date. Here's how that looks in the settings:

You can use this to make your inbox work basically any way you can imagine, which makes it a power user's dream. 

Want khổng lồ customize your inbox even more? Cheông chồng out our menu of the best Gmail add-ons, which let you make all kinds of changes to how Gmail works. Or check out our Gmail integrations to lớn connect your inbox with thousands of apps.

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This article was originally published in December 2018 và has since been updated to lớn reflect the most recent changes to lớn Gmail.

Justin Pot

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