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March 23, 2012

Tips: Google Labs

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Today I sent an email to a colleague, only to realize that I had completely forgotten to add an entire section of info. Luckily for me I installed Undo Send in Gmail from Google Labs (Gmail > Settings > Labs) and was able to perform an eleventh hour edit before sending it out again. And I realized 1) how much I rely on it, and 2) how few people are aware that this exists.

That got me thinking: what else am I using in Gmail to help myself make fewer mistakes? I have found that Google Labs is a treasure trove of great tools. Here a are a few that I'm using.

  • Undo Send - This one's self explanatory. Once installed, you can manage how long after the send button is clicked to be able to undo it. Personally, I left it at the maximum of 30 seconds. You know, just in case.

  • Create Google Document - I like this one quite a bit, and it's really simple. Essentially, it allows you to create a Google Doc right from an open email thread without having to exit the email.

  • Send and Archive - A no-brainer, really. Sending a message and archiving it in one felled swoop.

  • Sender Time Zone - This is a must if you frequently email someone in a different time zone than the one you're in.


As of this writing, there are no fewer than 50 Lab features, so you're sure to find one (or a few) that you'll love.

If you're already in the know about Google Labs, what are a few of your favorite features?