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Five Gmail Labs Features That Save You From Frustration

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(By Intern Ramesh)

Gmail is the most widely used email service on the planet. Sure, it’s great but sometimes you need that little extra touch which would make things convenient for you and save you some work. For those of you who are never satisfied with what you have, here are five great Gmail Labs features which you must enable.

In case you are wondering what these features are or how to enable them, all you need to do is click on the Settings link on the top right corner when you are logged in, hit the Labs tab and then browse and find the feature you like.

1. Message Sneak Peak:

I personally find this one very useful and time saving. When you have enabled this addon from Labs, all you need to do is right click on an email in your inbox and the contents will be displayed in a dialog box. This is especially useful when your Inbox is full of clutter – you can peek into each of the mails without having to open each one and go back to the inbox again.

Message Sneak Peak

2. Mark as Read Button

Whenever you want to mark an email as read from your inbox in Gmail, you need to click the More Actions button and then choose Mark as Read. If you want to save the extra click, enable Mark as Read Button and a button will appear right next to the delete button. This way,the skipping mails part becomes a wee bit easier.

Mark as Read Button

3. Undo Send

How many times have you accidentally hit Enter when the message box of your email wasn’t active and saw the incomplete mail go through. You do not have to worry anymore. There is a cool feature in Labs named the Undo Send which lets you cancel your sent email by pressing the Undo button. But the catch is that you should be quick enough to notice it and do it within a few seconds of you sending the mail. Great feature!

Undo Send

4. Inserting Images

Email is becoming more and more like a word processor and a lot of features are getting incorporated into it. One thing missing however, is the ability to add images. Thanks to Gmail Labs, you can get this too. Enable Inserting Images from Labs and an icon will now be available for you to insert images into the body of your emails.

Insert Image

5. Inbox Preview

Whenever you get stuck with a poor connection, you find yourself looking at the loading bar after you logged in getting stuck. You eventually choose Basic HTML view after 5 minutes and go into the inbox, only to find a stupid spam email waiting for you there. Inbox Preview is something which will save you such irritation by showing a preview of what’s in your inbox when the loading is still being done. No more frustration and getting angry at the internet connection.

Inbox Preview

Those were the 5 features I wanted to share with you today. If you have anything else which you would like to add here, or just something you want to tell me, please do leave a comment. I am open to your criticism.

Written by Ramesh

February 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am

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