While browsing in gmail the other day, I saw some red text in the upper right corner of my screen, inviting me to try out some new Google improvements. So I clicked and read a bit about the latest offerings from the Google Labs.
Since most people spend hours every day in their email, they’ve added a gadget to display both your calendar and your docs right on your gmail page! Now you won’t have to switch windows so frequently to get to either your docs or your calendar. The calendar is small, but gives you a quick reference into upcoming events. You can create items on the fly and you can click on ‘options’ and have it show both the calendar (month view), and events for the day. From within the calendar settings, you can also choose to have a daily email sent to you that contains each day’s appointments.
To get to this, from your Gmail, click on the ‘Settings’ tab in the upper right corner and then you’ll see a row of tabs – the last one is ‘Google Labs’. Click it and scroll through all the cool gadgets you can add. There’s nothing to download – just click ‘enable’ to activate your choice, click the ‘save changes’ button at the bottom of the list and your Gmail will refresh and you’ll be able to use your new gadgets. I counted over two dozen items in there to make you more productive, efficient and even have a little fun!
One I may try out is the ‘Forgotten Attachment Detector’. We’ve all had an ‘oops’ moment when we hit the send button and then remembered we forgot the attachment – so awkward. One that looks kind of fun is a random email signature gadget. It will put various quotes on your email signature from famous figures.
Be sure you visit the Google Labs routinely to see the latest and greatest.