Some of Gmail
's best features are in its labs. Enable them, and profit from unsending, inline images, going to the next mail automatically and more.
The experimental is exciting, of course, but certainly not dangerous. Here are the most useful Gmail labs features for you to try now.
(Updated November 2011)
Want to go to the next message immediately after deleting or archiving one? Here's how to set up Gmail to open the next email automatically.
Instead of trying to clean your replies after the fact in Gmail, highlight what you want to include from the original message and have only that quoted.
Wish you had not sent what you just sent? With the right settings, Gmail has not yet sent it, and you can still take it back. Yippee!
Like to have newsletters, mailing lists, ads and more sorted out of your mail automatically? With Gmail, you don't have to set up the filters yourself; you can use SmartLabels instead.
Clicking "Send" and then "Archive" all the time when composing replies in Gmail? Combine the two buttons into one and click just once to send the email and archive the thread with this Gmail feature.
Like to read your email and have an inbox overview, too? Here's how to add a preview pane to Gmail and read messages in it, choosing a widescreen layout or a traditional one as you prefer.
Tired of "Sending…" staring you in the eye and face when you could already be composing the next email? Here's how to have Gmail send messages in the background.
Instead of just attaching pictures, you want them to appear intermingled with your text? Here's how to insert an image inline into a message you are composing in Gmail.
Type your standard replies to standard questions again — once. Then save them as templates in Gmail to be used over and over again in new messages or replies.
Wish you could use Gmail for all your email? Here's how to make Gmail download mail from up to five existing POP accounts.