7 Unknown Gmail Lab Features

1.  Undo Send

The “Undo Send” feature might save you a few makeups. When enabled, it holds the email for 5 seconds before it is eventually mailed.

How to enable: Go to “Settings” in the top right, then “Labs”, scroll down and enable “Undo Send”

2.  Default Text Styling

Would you prefer Times New Roman to Arial, or perhaps large text to small text, in the e-mails you send out? Enable this lab, head over to the ‘General’ tab on the ‘Settings’ page, and change the default text styling to better suit your preferences.

How to enable: Go to “Settings” in the top right, then “Labs”, scroll down and enable “Default Text Styling”

3.  Multiple Inboxes

For label freaks who receive tons of emails, it still gets time consuming even with all the organization. The multiple inboxes feature gives you a quick view of the messages under different filters in separate panels.

How to enable: Go to “Settings” in the top right, then “Labs”, scroll down and enable “Multiple Inboxes”

4.  Email to Google Doc

Trying to properly document an email conversation usually requires a lot of copy-paste labor. But now with Gmail, you can convert a conversation into a Google doc, ready for direct modification and sharing.

How to enable: Go to “Settings” in the top right, then “Labs”, scroll down and enable “Create a Document”

5. Custom keyboard shortcuts

Let you customize keyboard shortcut mappings. Adds a new Settings tab from which you can remap keys to various actions.

How to enable: In Gmail, click on “Settings” on the top right. Then go to the “Labs” and then enable “Custom keyboard shortcuts”

6. Google Docs previews in mail


Shows previews of documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly in the email when you receive any link to a Google Doc. Also gives an option to open directly in Google Docs.

How to enable: In Gmail, click on “Settings” on the top right. Then go to the “Labs” and then enable “Google Docs previews in mail”

7. Message Sneak Peek

The Message Sneak Peek feature is simple—instead of opening up every message you get, you can just right click on them to see what’s inside a message. That way, you don’t have to go through to trouble of opening it, marking it as unread, or filtering it if you can’t deal with it right away.

How to enable: In Gmail, click on “Settings” on the top right. Then go to the “Labs” and then enable “Message Sneak Peek”

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