Category: Gmail

GMail Labs: Preview Youtube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp

If there is a link in your email message (GMail), linking to a

Youtube video,
Picasa photo/album,
Flickr photo/album

or Yelp, a preview of the video, photo or photo album will appear in the GMail message itself.
This makes easy for us to view the album, watch the video, browse the photos, etc, directly in the email message.

How to enable in my GMail account?

1. Go to Labs in gmail.

2. Enable “Picasa previews”, “Flickr previews”, “Youtube previews” and “Yelp previews”.
(whatever you want to enable)

3. Save changes

Previews in Gmail

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GMail contacts search box (even if Chat is minimized, turned off)

Many of us have used GMail chat gadget’s search box to search for contacts, either to

Chat instantly with someone,
View recent conversations with the contact,
View Orkut profile of the contact or
Send an email to the contact.

Sometime back, When you minimise the chat gadget (by clicking the minus button in the gadget), you will not be able to search the contacts as simply as we do with the chat box.

Now, you can see a most welcome change in GMail chat gadget that, the contact search box is visible even if you have,

Turned off the chat (which just Signs off you from Chat),
Minimise the chat gadget (the search box is still available).

GMail contacts search

Orkut Friends’ Birthdays in Google Calendar, GMail

Google has formatted Orkut Friends birthday details in a calendar format, to be used in Google Calendar.

Google Calendar was already available in GMail. Now by integrating Orkut birthdays in Google calendar, it also gets integrated to GMail.

Today, I saw a link in orkut, “view your friends’ birthdays in Google Calendar” .

Google Calendar, asks for confirmation to add the calendar “orkut friends’ birthdays”.

In one click, I added all my friend’s Birthday’s into my Google Calendar.

If you want to see your Google Calendar containing your friend’s birthdays in your Gmail page,

1. Go to GMail Labs settings.

2. Enable, Google Calendar Gadget.

Google Calendar Gadget in GMail

3. Save the settings.

If you have more gadgets in GMail navigation bar, you can enable drag and drop of gadgets, by enabling “Navbar drag and drop” in GMail Labs settings

Directly add orkut Bithdays gadget in GMail

Access Yahoo Mail, Hotmail from GMail page

Yahoo mail in GMail 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, we can add any google gadget to our GMail page.

Let us add Yahoo Mail and Hotmail to GMail.

If you have not activated Labs in GMail,

1. Go to Labs in gmail.

(Labs are available only in Internet Explorer 7.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+, and Google Chrome.)

2. In Labs tab, under Gmail Settings, Enable “Add any gadget by URL” feature, Save changes.

3. Now Go to the Gadgets tab in Gmail settings.

4. Give gadget’s url as

http://karthik.gadgets.xmlgadgets.com/ymail.xml (if you want Yahoo Mail gadget)

http://karthik.gadgets.xmlgadgets.com/hot-mail.xml (if you want Hotmail gadget)

and add.

(You are welcome to add both the gadgets.)

HotMail in GMail

There are ways to get your Yahoo mail, Hotmail in GMail’s inbox by using auto forward in Yahoo Mail / Hotmail settings.

Add these gadgets to iGoogle

Yahoo Mail: Add to Google

Hotmail: Add to Google

Related Posts:
Add Yahoo Mail/ Hotmail gadget to GMail/iGoogle
Add Orkut Birthdays gadget to GMail/iGoogle
Add Orkut Scrapbook gadget to GMail/iGoogle

Orkut Birthday’s gadget in GMail

Orkut Birthdays in GMail

As I mentioned in my previous post, we can add any google gadget to our GMail page.

Let us add Orkut Birthdays gadget by Google to GMail.

If you have not activated Labs in GMail,

1. Go to Labs in gmail.

(Labs are available only in Internet Explorer 7.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+, and Google Chrome.)

2. In Labs tab, under Gmail Settings, Enable “Add any gadget by URL” feature, Save changes.

3. Now Go to the Gadgets tab in Gmail settings.

4. Give the gadget‘s url as

http://www.google.com/ig/modules/orkut_bdays.xml
and add.

Related Posts:
Add Yahoo Mail/ Hotmail gadget to GMail/iGoogle
Add Orkut Birthdays gadget to GMail/iGoogle
Add Orkut Scrapbook gadget to GMail/iGoogle

GMail labs : Location in Signature

After announcing Google Latitude , Google has added the location identifying feature to GMail also, through one of the GMail Labs feature, “Location in Signature”.

All Emails have the standard fields, Sender name, Sender email id, Recipients, Timestamp sent.

Now Gmail adds one more field “Sender’s Location”.

This will be useful for the recipients, to know where from the email is coming.
And also to the sender, when he looks at the emails at a later point of time.

How to add location to Gmail Singature ?

1. In Gmail Labs Settings, enable “Location in Signature” ; Save Changes.

Location in Gmail

2. Goto General settings tab and enable signature, and also select the “Append your location to the signature.” check box. Save changes.

The next time you compose a gmail, you will see signature looks like,

Location in GMail Signature

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Gmail Labs : Multiple inboxes

Google has introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs:

Multiple inboxes

In addition to default inbox, you can add two more labels in the default view.

gmail Multiple inboxes

How to add this?

1. Go to Gmail Labs settings

2. Enable, “Multiple Inboxes”, Save changes

3. Go to Multiple Inboxes tab in Gmail Settings, select the labels you want in the default view.

Gmail Multiple inboxes settings

4. Give the label names as “label:LabelName” in the Pane 0, 1.. text boxes.

These panes are not just labels, you can view

emails from a particular contact “from:(emailid@example.com)“,

emails containing a particular String “Search string“,

Drafts “is:Draft“,

Starred “is:Starred“,

Spam “is:Spam“,

Sent “is:Sent“, and

Labels “label:LabelName” .

If you want a pane, that should display messages from a particular contact, give “from:(emailid@example.com)” in the Pane text box.

Or if you want to have all the email messages that has the word “Adsense”, just give “Adsense” in the pane box.

Gmail labels act as folders : Do more with labels!

What is the new link in Gmail page, Do more with labels! about?

Google has added a button to Gmail, which gives a way to you use Labels as folders.

gmail labels

The “Move to” button, drops down and shows all the labels you use.

Once you select a label, the message moves from your Inbox to Archive folder, after applying the Label to the message.

When you click the particular Label from the navigation bar, you can see all the messages with the label, and this gives a feel like using folders for the emails (Even if the message is archive folder).

Gmail still provides the capability to add multiple labels to a message, which is why Google has “Labels” concept instead of Folders.

Google Gadgets in Gmail

Most of the iGoogle gadgets can be now used in your gmail page, in the side navigation bar.

To use the Google gadgets in gmail, follow the simple steps,

1. Go to Labs in gmail.

(Labs are available only in Internet Explorer 7.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+, and Google Chrome.)

2. In Labs tab, under Gmail Settings, Enable “Add any gadget by URL” feature, Save changes.

3. Now Go to the Gadgets tab in Gmail settings.

4. Give any gadget url and add the gadget to your gmail page. (for eg, http://www.google.com/ig/modules/datetime.xml

(Not all Google gadgets cannot be used with gmail. )

You can drag and drop the gadgets over the Gmail Navigation bar, if you have enabled “Navbar drag and drop” feature in Gmail Labs

gmail gadgets