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Enhance Gmail with the Labs

posted May 26, 2011, 11:52 PM by Francois Tricot   [ updated May 27, 2011, 12:08 AM ]
There are some not well known features in Gmail that you can use to improve user experience.

I've activated a bunch of them that you will find hereafter

The one that are quite mandatory for productiovity purpose are, from my point of view :
  • Google Docs previews in mail
  • Video chat enhancements
  • Auto-advance
  • Default 'Reply to all'
  • Inbox preview
  • Right-side chat
  • Send & Archive
  • Undo Send
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Enabled Labs
Authentication icon for verified senders
by E R

Displays a key icon next to authenticated messages from certain senders that spammers attempt to fake. Currently works for mail from PayPal and eBay only.
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Auto-advance
by Bruce D

Automatically shows the next conversation instead of your inbox after you delete, archive, or mute a conversation. You can select whether to advance to the next or previous conversation in the "General" Settings page.
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Background Send
by Patrick & Adam

Let CEVA Mail send your mail while you move on to more important things. Just be sure to stay logged in until it's all sent!
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Custom date formats
by Emil E

Adds options to the general settings page allowing the date and time format to be changed independent of language. For example, you can use a 24-hour clock (14:57) or show dates with the day first (31/12/07).
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Default 'Reply to all'
by Mark K

Make 'Reply to all' your default option for responding to emails.
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Filter import/export
by Luke B, Slava C, and the Data Liberation team

Export your mail filters as a file: back them up, share them, or save them before deleting so you can restore them later. Import one of these files to quickly add or restore filters. These options become available under Settings/Filters when you enable this Lab.
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Google Calendar gadget
by Ben K and Garry B

Adds a box in the left column which shows your Google Calendar. See upcoming events, locations, and details.
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Google Docs gadget
by Claudia C and Ted C

Adds a box in the left column which displays your Google Docs. Shows recent docs, starred docs, and has fast search.
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Google Docs previews in mail
by Steven S, Jim M, Bob B, and Ted C

Shows previews of documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly in the email when you receive any link to a Google Doc. Also gives an option to open directly in Google Docs.
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Google Maps previews in mail
by Mark K

Shows Google Map previews of all the addresses found in an email.
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Green Robot!
by Chad Y

Chat buddies show up as robot icons if they are currently using Android. Helpful to determine if you are chatting with someone on a computer or someone on an Android device.
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Inbox preview
by Peter B

Show a simple, static preview of the inbox while loading.
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Inserting images
by Kent T

Allows you to insert images into a message body. You can upload and insert image files in your computer, or insert images by URLs. This lab will not work if you have offline enabled.
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Mark as Read Button
by Mark K

Tired of spending all that effort to click on the more actions menu every time you want to mark messages as read without reading them? Now just enable this lab and that is just a button click away!
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Message translation
by Darren

Uses Google Translate to translate messages you receive in other languages.
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Move Icon Column
by Greg B

Move the column containing the attachment and other icons over to the left hand side to make it more noticeable.
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Multiple Inboxes
by Vivi

Add extra lists of emails in your inbox to see even more important email at once. The new lists of threads can be labels, your starred messages, drafts or any search you want, configurable under Settings.
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Navbar drag and drop
by Anatol P

Allows you to reorder the items in your navbar using drag and drop.
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Nested Labels
by Manu C

Manage your email by sorting it into a hierarchy of labels. Add slashes (/) to label names to express inheritance. For example, if you want a Home label with two child labels named Kids and Shopping, create the three following labels: Home, Home/Kids and Home/Shopping.
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Picasa previews in mail
by Dan, Stanley, Mark & Umesh

Shows photos previews whenever you receive a Picasa link in an email.
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Pictures in chat
by Dave C

See your friends' profile pictures when you chat with them.
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Right-side chat
by Emily C

Move the chat box to the right side of the inbox.
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Send & Archive
by Pal T

Adds a button to the compose form that lets you send a reply message and archive the email conversation in a single action.
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Sender Time Zone
by Marcin B

Should I reply to this mail or just call the guy? Ooops… it's 1 am. Sorry, I didn't mean to disturb…
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Signature tweaks
by Keith C and Dave C

Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the "--" line that appears before signatures.
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SmartLabels
by Stanley, Arturo, Deepak, Nilesh

Automatically categorizes incoming Bulk, Notification or Forum messages. Filters are created to label mail with these categories and Bulk is filtered out of the Inbox by default. Use Settings -> Filters to modify these defaults or create new filters. Report mis-categorized email from the 'Reply' dropdown menu.
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Title Tweaks
by Fedor K

Changes order of elements in the browser title bar from "CEVA Mail - Inbox (20) - francois.tricot@ceva.com" to "Inbox (20) - francois.tricot@ceva.com - CEVA Mail". This way you are able (most of the time) to see if a new mail has arrived even if CEVA Mail window is minimized.
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Undo Send
by Yuzo F

Oops, hit "Send" too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button.
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Unread message icon
by Manu C

See how many unread messages are in your inbox with a quick glance at the tab's icon. This lab only works with Chrome (version 6 and above), Firefox (version 2 and above), and Opera.
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Video chat enhancements
by Manu C, Jessan HQ, Fredrik O, Tristan S, Arthur vdG

Enables new features in CEVA Mail voice and video chat, including higher resolution and bigger windows, with more improvements coming over time.
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