Gmail’s 10 Latest Lab Features

Gmail introduced a lab edition in June with 13 features. Over the time they kept adding these features and here is post listing latest lab features.

But before exploring further, for those who missed these lab features completely, these can be activated selectively by going to Lab tab under Gmail Settings.

And here are some cool and latest features:

mod_rightchatRight-side chat

Move the chat box to the right side of the inbox. This is good if you have longer chat list which pushes your labels box below. By the way there is a small “options” link below chat box, which let you resize it to 4 different sizes.

mod_rightlabels Right-side labels

Move the labels box to the right side of the inbox. This is good if you use labels a lot. You can move labels or chat or both boxes on right side.

mod_defaultreplytoall Default ‘Reply to all’

Make ‘Reply to all’ your default option for responding to emails. Good for developers who collaborate on projects as you will never forget copying to someone in group.

mod_quoteselected Quote selected text

Quote the text you have selected when you reply to a message. This works best if you use keyboard shortcuts. This type of quoting replies is quite popular with people who spend lots of time on forums or mailing lists.

mod_dragon Navbar drag and drop

Allows you to reorder the items in your navbar using drag and drop. Some Lab features adds extra boxes to your navbar. Enabling this feature can save a lot of scrolling in some cases.

mod_detectattachment 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. There was a greasemonkey script to do this from long time.

vacationdates Vacation Time!

Lets you specify starting and ending dates for the vacation autoresponder. This is good for guys who forget to setup vacation responder in last minute rush. Using this you can set a vacation responder as soon as you make reservations for your vacation.

mod_customlabelcolorsCustom Label Colors

Lets you create your own combination of colors for labels. Instead of choosing one of the standard colors from the label dropdown menu, click on Add custom colors. Pick your combination of colors, hit Apply, and enjoy.

mod_markasreadbutton Mark as Read Button

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!

mod_labelnav Go to label

Enable keyboard shortcuts and hit ‘g’ then ‘l’ to display a popup for selecting a label to go to. Quite useful for guys who use labels a lot. Personally I will use labels more often now.

Let us know which lab features you are enjoying and which one feature you are missing in Gmail. Personally, I miss to-do list a lot in Gmail.

Related: 13 More Gmail Lab Features


Abhishek September 19, 2008

random signature and other signature tweaks really rocks.Superstar is cool one!! hope they add this feature to apps soon.

Deepak September 22, 2008

Great innovations by google team..
All of ’em are worth a try.. But I personally liked the random signature and right chat bar features..


Nikhil September 23, 2008

Gmail which itself is still in Beta for the last 4 Years is launching new Lab features !! Lets hope some day Google can make some feature “final”

Rahul Bansal September 25, 2008

@Abhishek & Deepak
Superstar is my favorite too… 🙂

Well Google uses word “beta” vaguely. Thank God they don’t put “beta” on Google Search… 😉

lulu July 2, 2009

i think gmail rocks!!!!!
have u gotten the extra lab thing called extra emoji if not get it now!!!!!