Gmail. It’s the email system I use and recommend.

With so many good reasons… like its ability to receive email from other accounts from around the web (up to five). So you can see everything, in one email interface.

Gmail Labs offers users experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime. You should also be warned that an enabled Lab can change, break, or disappear at any time.

Here are 7 Gmail Labs I recommend enabling immediately after setting up your first Gmail account.

For your Inbox

Refresh POP accounts – Remember the idea about corralling your emails into one location that I mentioned above? This Lab will fetch messages from your POP accounts on demand by using the refresh link on top of the inbox.

Undo Send – Oops, hit “Send” too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button.

Send & Archive – Adds a button to the compose form that lets you send a reply message and archive the email conversation in a single action.

Inbox Preview – Show a simple, static preview of the inbox while loading.

Nested Labels – Manage your email by sorting it into a hierarchy of labels. Add slashes (/) to label names to express inheritance. For example, if you want a Home label with two child labels named Kids and Shopping, create the three following labels: Home, Home/Kids and Home/Shopping.

Google Calendar Widget – Adds a box in the left column which shows your Google Calendar. See upcoming events, locations, and details.

For your Calendar

World Clock – if you’re working with people from other parts of our planet, this widget displays world time zones of your choice, in the upper right hand side of your calendar.

Enabling Your Labs

Here’s a live demo of me showing you where Labs is located in my own Gmail Inbox & Calendar Settings or you can follow the step-by-step instructions I’ve outlined below.

Inbox Labs

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click Settings.
  • Eyes back to main column of your web screen under Settings heading, find the Labs links (fourth from the end).
  • On the next screen, scroll through the available Labs clicking the “enable” radio button next to each Lab you’d like to use.
  • Click the “Save” button at the bottom of your screen.

Calendar Labs

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • Click Calendar.
  • Upper right-hand corner, click Settings > Calendar settings.
  • Then follow the same steps from above to locate the World Clock Lab (it’s at the very bottom).
  • Don’t forget to click Save.

That’s it. Now your Gmail Inbox and Calendar can work a little bit better for you and your biz too. If you’ve found this post helpful, consider a kind retweet or share using the buttons below.