Secrets from the Google Lab


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Secrets from the Google Lab

Bob Rankin

Over half a billion people use Gmail, but only a few know the secret that you’ll learn today. Buried deep in Gmail’s settings is a playpen called Gmail Labs. It’s a place for the adventurous, the curious, the geeky, and everyday users who like to try new things. If you like to push the envelope until the bubble pops (and the metaphors mix), then come check out Gmail Labs…

Venturing Into the Gmail Laboratory

Google is constantly experimenting with new features for Gmail. Gadgets that activate these features in your Gmail account are listed on the Labs tab in the Gmail Settings that can be accessed by clicking on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Inbox page, underneath your profile picture.

The first thing to note is the “rescue link” at the end of the general description of Labs. Keep in mind that Labs are experimental features and Gmail warns that they may “change, break or disappear at any time.” So I suggest you bookmark that link. If any of the Labs gadgets misbehaves, or just can’t load your inbox, clicking that link will deactivate all gadgets and set you right again. Don’t worry about losing mail, none of the gadgets modifies the content of your email. But don’t worry too much, I’ve tried LOTS of them over the years and never once had a problem.

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