Gmail Labs Features I use

Gmail Labs is a place where Gmail frequently tests new features .

You can visit http://mail.google.com/mail/#settings/labs and opt in to get those features.

There are lots of features. Some of the Gmail Labs facilities I really use often:

1. Gmail Offline – Downloads your Gmail messages, attachments to your desktop. So you view, search, reply your mails offline. Once you are online, the changes will be synced.

2. Pictures in chat – See your friends’ profile pictures when you chat with them.

3. Forgotten attachment detector – Prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments. Prompts you if you mention attaching a file, but forgot to do so. It would be nice if they would let us edit more “alarm words” like attachment, attaching in our own language.

So, what is your favourite Labs feature?

Things you may not know about Gmail

1. Do you use more than one gmail account for managing official, academic, friendly mails? You can read them all through just one account. Go to your secondary email accounts – > Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP and enable forwarding. You can also set filters to make things easier.

2. You can not only read different mail accounts at one place but also can send out mails using different IDs. Go to Settings -> Accounts -> Send mail as, add the secondary mail ID and then verify it.

3. You can modify your email id as you wish by just adding a + after your mail ID. For example, ravi@gmail.com and ravi+tamil@gmail.com are one the same. You can add different +labels and give it to different people. So when they send mails to those addresses you can use filters to sort them. You can use them just for fun too. Try sending a mail to your crush with +iluvu 🙂

4. Do you have a user name with a dot in between? Don’t worry where you place the dot. It will work wherever you place it. And even without the dot it will work. This means, people cannot create another user name by just varying the dot placement. This assures people can’t fake your user name that easily. For example, ravitamil@gmail.com , ravi.tamil@gmail.com and rav.itamil@gmail.com are one and the same.

5. Instead of having a @gmail.com address you can also replace it with @googlemail.com address and vice-versa. You can use this to create filters and manage your incoming mails.