Mail Labs is a feature of Google Mail that allows users to add functions to their browser-based mail setup. Some of these functions may be used to make Google Mail more accessible or easier to use.
To Open Mail Labs
- Open the Settings menu (in the upper left part of the screen; it has a picture of a gear on it)
- Pull down the menu and choose "Settings."
- Several tabs will appear. Select the "Lab" tab.
- Browse the list and choose the "Enable" radio button for any function you want to activate.
Some Utilities to Try Out
- "Canned Responses" lets you quickly retrieve and resend pre-written messages (such as a thank-you letter)
- "Create a Document" makes it easy to turn the text of an email into a Google Document.
- "Custom Keyboard Shortcuts" lets you change the keys used for existing shortcuts. Particularly helpful if a standard shortcut conflicts with your assistive technology.
- "Default Text Styling" adds a new feature within the "General" Settings tab that lets you customize the font size, color, and typeface used to display your messages.
- "Google Calendar Gadget" displays your current Calendar listings on the left side of the screen (similar to Outlook).
- "Mark as Read" button makes it easier to dismiss emails without reading them.
- "Mouse Gestures" lets you hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse left to go to a previous conversation or right to go to the next conversation. (Moving up supposedly takes you back to the inbox, but that doesn't seem to be working yet.)
- "Move Icon Column" moves the column containing the "attachment" and other icons over to the left to make it more noticeable.
- "Pictures in chat" shows pictures of the people you are chatting with.
- "SMS (text messaging) in Chat" allows you to send and receive text messages (SMS) in Chat.
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