Gmail’s offering is one of the best available. Its simplicity coupled with its minimal interface make it a favorite amongst geeks and newbies alike. However, users need not feel constrained by Gmail’s simplistic interface as they can easily enable enhanced features provided by Google through “Google Labs” or from third-party sources through “Gadgets“. In this article I will outline some of my favourite Gadgets.
On a default Gmail account, Gadgets will be disabled. To enable it first select “Settings” from the Gmail home page after you have logged in.
This opens up Gmail’s settings page, here select “Labs“.
Finally, check the enable box alongside the “Add any gadget by URL” box and then select “Save Changes“.
To add a gadget, head over to the “Gadgets” tab and paste the URL of the gadget into the box.
Now let us add some fun and useful third-party gadgets.
Twitter users can be fanatical about keeping up with their tweets. In this respect the TwitterGadget is ideal because it takes up little space and simply displays the latest tweets from those you follow.
Gadget URL: http://www.twittergadget.com/gadget_gmail.xml
If you prefer Facebook, then be sure to add the gBook Facebook gadget which helps you keep track of all the status updates and notifications.
3. Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk is a useful web service to help keep your life in order. There are mobile and desktop apps and now you can even add a RTM gadget to Gmail itself to ensure you don’t miss an important appointment.
The gadget allows you to add tasks, view your upcoming tasks, and delete completed tasks.
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