I’ve been using Gmail (Google Mail) for a few years and I thought I’d share a few tips that have improved the ‘User Experience’ for me. Under the Settings > Labs option, there are a host of extras that enhance your Gmail making it easier to use.
Just be aware that Labs is a bit of a testing ground for these Gmail features but the ones I’ve used seem to be pretty stable. These are some of my favourites:
This allows you to sort your email labels more effectively by nesting them. I’ve got well over 170 labels so this was really useful helping me keep things in some sort of order.
Message Sneak Peek
You can preview messages but right-clicking on a message in the Inbox
Got the wrong Bob?
A handy lab that offers you suggestions to help ensure you have chosen the email recipient you intended. Sending emails to the wrong person can be a really bad thing. Trust me, I know.
Google Calendar gadget
Adds a little box on the left side of your Gmail window showing upcoming appointments.
Allows you to insert images into the body of your message by either a URL or from a path on your computer.
To find the labs, enter the title (in bold) into the search box and it should appear providing you’ve typed it in correctly and Google haven’t removed it.
I hope you find these useful and if I’ve missed your favourite Lab, why not share it with us in the comments?