4 gmail labs features you should be using

As powerful as Gmail is, you make it even more productive sầu with add-ons from Gmail Labs. If you’re new lớn Labs, it’s the testing ground for Gmail’s more experimental features. The successful ones go on khổng lồ become standard Gmail capabilities—the much-loved Skết thúc và Archive sầu button was once a Gmail Lab experiment—but while they’re in the Labs, there’s always the outside chance they could break, change, or disappear.

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Gmail Labs calls its features "some crazy experimental stuff."

To enable any Gmail Lab feature, cliông chồng the gear inhỏ in the top left of the Gmail pane. Go to lớn Settings > Labs. Scroll down khổng lồ the feature you want, select the Enable radio button, và cliông xã Save Changes. Should you run inlớn trouble using any of these, you can get to your email by going lớn https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?labs=0, which disables these features so you can reach your inbox.

Assuming you’re comfortable being Gmail’s guinea pig, here are four Google Labs features you should experiment with yourself.

Authentication icon for verified senders

E-Mail scammers continue khổng lồ devise nefarious new ways to triông xã people inlớn surrendering money & personal information. While there’s no substitute for following basic security practices, you can add an extra layer of protection with Gmail Lab’s Authentication Icon for Verified Senders.

When you enable this lab, you’ll see a key ibé next to “trusted” senders such as PayPal và Google Wallet. Google deems senders trustworthy if they skết thúc a lot of messages over time that most Gmail users think are not spam; and if they publish a DMARC reject policy, which states they send only authenticated mail, và any unauthenticated mail sent by the tên miền should be rejected.


Gmail Authentication lets you designate certain email addresses as trusted. 

Google Voice player in mail

Google Voice is already lượt thích Gmail for all your phone messages and texts. So why not have them delivered right lớn your Gmail inbox?

Enable this lab, & when you get notified of a voictin nhắn in Gmail, you can play it right within the message rather having khổng lồ go to lớn a separate browser page. The message will be marked “read” so you won’t have to lớn play it again next time you check your Google Voice inbox on your phone.

Unbởi vì Send

Whether it was a simple snarky remark or a seething message, we’ve sầu all felt the pang of regret after sending an tin nhắn we probably shouldn’t have sầu. If you just can’t control your impulses, Gmail’s Unbởi vì Sover feature can save you from having khổng lồ eat a heaping helping of humble pie.


Once you enable Unvày Skết thúc, configure your cancellation period on the General Settings tab.

This feature will delay sending your tin nhắn messages 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds, giving you a grace period during which you can hit an “undo” button và prevent your missive sầu from going out. Once you’ve enabled it, just mix your “cancellation period” on the General tab under Settings.

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Canned Responses

We all have certain gmail replies that we sover over & over—“busy” responses, receipt confirmations, và away messages, for example. Google Labs Canned Responses lets you pre-write & save sầu these evergreen messages so you can send them with one clichồng.


Canned Responses lets you insert common replies with one click.

Once you’ve enabled this feature, creating a canned response is simple. From your inbox, cliông chồng Compose, and type a reply you want khổng lồ save sầu. Next, cliông chồng the arrow in the lower right corner of the message window và select Canned responses > New canned response. Name the response, và cliông xã OK. When you want khổng lồ use a canned response, clichồng the arrow again from the message you’re replying to lớn, & select Canned response, then the name of the one you want khổng lồ insert.

PĐánh Giá Pane

One downside to lớn Gmail is you have to open a message to lớn see its contents, which is a time suchồng when you’re trying to browse through your inbox. Preview Pane gives Gmail’s web interface the multi-pane view we’ve sầu become accustomed to on most desktop gmail clients, and let’s you view messages as you scroll through them.


PReviews Pane lets you view messages as you browse your inbox.

When you enable this feature, a new button will appear next khổng lồ the gear icon in your inbox. From here you can toggle Previews Pane on & off và select either a vertical or horizontal orientation.


If you’re processing your emails in bulk at designated times rather than as they arrive—as you should be—you know it’s a drag khổng lồ have sầu khổng lồ return khổng lồ your inbox after handling each message khổng lồ select the next one. Auto-advance saves you time by automatically moving to the next oldest message (if you process your inbox from the top down) or next newest (if you process from bottom up). You can configure your preference on the General tab under Settings.

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