Google has a track record of providing high quality online applications and services. Gmail was a revolution in the field of web-based mail services. Until today it continues to set the standards by introducing new features and improving the user experience.
We have previously covered Google Labs features for Gmail. Here are 7 more innovative Gmail labs features that should not escape your awareness.
To enable Gmail Labs features, log into your Gmail account, go to >Settings >Labs, browse all experimental features and check enable for the ones you would like to use, then finally save your changes. As will be described below, some features require further settings to come into effect.
No one wants to scroll through pages of quoted text to find contact information in the signature, right?
Signature Tweaks is one of the most simple features, taking care of this signature dilemma.
It tweaks your signature so that it will appear above the quoted text, rather than below it, which would be the default behavior. Simple, but cool.
Location in Signature
If you travel a lot, Location in Signature could be a fun feature or simply an easy way to share with your friends where you currently are.
To make your location appear in your signature, you need to enable this feature, have a signature (>Settings >General) and check “Append your location to the signature” below the signature box.
If you’re sneaky you could of course cheat a little and change your location manually. I wonder whether anyone has sent eMails from Mars, yet. April Fools Day anyone?
Superstars gives you several more “stars” to star or visually tag your mail.
You can edit your superstars by going to >Settings >General and dragging icons from “not in use” to “in use” and vice versa.
Personally, I would love to see an even bigger variety of icons, for example gif images to draw extra attention and smileys.
Previews In Mail For Yelp, Picasa, Flickr & YouTube
Here we have one of the newer set of features added in mid March. It’s actually four individual features, but the essence is the same. If someone shares a Yelp review, a Picasa, Flickr or YouTube link, you no longer have to open the URL in a new browser tab. You can view the preview right in your mail.
Gmail supports filters, but filters can too easily drag mail from your attention, by silently moving them into the target folders. With Multiple Inboxes you can move important mail back into your field of vision. It gives you five extra panels that will appear in a custom location next, above or below your inbox.
Once the Multiple Inboxes feature is enabled, you can go to >Settings >Multiple Inboxes and add search queries for messages you always want have handy.
Here is how that will look like. On the left is my inbox, on the right you see the extra panels, which are starred messages, drafts and eMails from Twine.
This one will keep you from sending stupid mails in the middle of the night by making you solve math problems before being able to send an eMail.
Per default it is active Friday and Saturday between 10pm and 4am, but you can manually adjust days, times and difficulty level under >Settings >Generals.
Despite any precautions, accidents happen. So if you still send the wrong mail to the wrong person, you may be delighted to learn that Google has just recently implemented a feature that allows you to call your mail back.
Unfortunately, the undo feature will only work for a few seconds right after the message was sent. So you have to quickly realize your mistake!
What novel features would you like to see in Gmail Labs?