Thought of taking a second look at the labs section of Gmail to see what newer features were added. I forgot I’d enabled mouse gestures. it was so long ago and i am used to keyboard shortcuts. There was also the random quote feature that I didn’t realise was a Labs feature. So this is an article on the current set of Labs features that I turned on and why I feel they would be of some use to me.
If the reasons are convincing enough, go ahead and give em bleeding edge features a try. 🙂
I enabled the following GMail labs features. reasons follow…
- Mark as Read Button
- speeds up the operation. though with better gmail2 i need to press only the comma key (,) to select unread mails in the current list and mark them all read.
- Forgotten Attachment Detector
- its said to be not fool-proof but i don’t write that bad english that gmail wont recognize
- Navbar drag and drop
- kinda useless since right now i only have the labels box, so nothing to rearrange it with
- Quote selected text
- speeds up the work of replying to an email and having to separately cut off all the part that is not required. select text and only that part is quoted from the original message
- Right-side labels
- my linbox is now a 3 column layout else the list of mails would extend right till the end of the right corner
- Email Addict
- i am trying to depend less on this and trying to avoid checking email too much. studies say it takes 64 seconds to get back your concentration to what you were doing, once you finish your email checking. so it helps too
- Random signature
- buggy doesn’t print out the entire quote…trails off with “…”
- Signature tweaks
- what exactly is this about?
- Custom keyboard shortcuts
- this is what i’ve been mainly using better gmail 2 for and there is keyboard shortcuts for just about all operations.
- i added this only after i read that you can search superstarred mails using the has: keyword, which makes it a really cool feature to find required mails quickly. its something like quick saved searches.
UPDATE: Finally figured out how wrong I was to add signature tweaks. Its the sure-shot way to easily top-post the reply, which makes reading replies in relation to their quoted context really difficult. since i am not at all in the habit of top posting it was a real PITA this new tweaks that i’d to copy paste the sig back down below.
Also check out this article on lifehacker, posted coincidentally around the same time.