Gmail is one of the most popular and successful webmail providers on the planet, and one of the reasons for this is that the client is constantly being upgraded and given new features. A lot of these features don’t appear in the version of Gmail most users see, though, instead they have to be activated by allowing Gmail Labs. Users who are willing to activate Labs will benefit from a number of experimental features, some of them strange and some of them indispensable! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Undo Send
This feature does exactly what it says: it can undo sent email! Of course, it can’t turn back time and take back all your regrettable emails, but what it does do is provide you with a short window of time (a few seconds to change your mind) when you can call back an email you may have sent in haste.
- Canned Responses
A lot like having template messages on a cell phone, canned responses are there for the emails you find yourself typing over and over again. You can set and save them to say whatever you like to save yourself the repetition.
- Test Messaging in Chat
When enables, this lab feature will allow you to send and receive text messages directly into your gChat window.
- Yelp Previews in Mail
Whenever you receive a Yelp link in your mail, this feature will show you previews of the Yelp listing, including its rating and location. Because Googling it yourself is the way of the past.
- Authentication icon
Verified senders such as eBay and Paypal will show up in your inbox with trustworthy authenticated icons to reassure you that you’re not the victim of some brilliantly convincing scam.