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Gmail Labs allows you to try out experimental new features in Gmail. Google engineers are constantly thinking of neat, new ways to help you with your inbox, and Labs is a way for them to let you try it out for yourself. Think of Labs as a place to try the newest – but not necessarily the most stable – features of Gmail. When we believe these features are useful for users and ready for prime time, we will graduate them from Labs and integrate them into regular Gmail. Tasks was the first graduate of Labs, but we plan to keep working on adding and graduating more!
Please note: Your school Apps domain administrator must turn on Labs for the school. If you are unable to turn on Labs (as reviewed in the next step), ask your school Apps domain administrator to turn the Labs service on.
In Labs, you’ll see a list of options to try – each of those options is called an experiment. You can pick and choose which experiments to try; you don’t have to turn them all on (although you are certainly welcome to). Throughout the chapters on Gmail we will introduce several useful Labs that can help with managing your inbox and messages.
If you’re going to brave the Labs world, it’s important to keep the following things in mind about these features:
- They may break at any time
- Similarly, they may disappear temporarily or permanently
- They may work so well that they graduate and become regular features, like Tasks
With that in mind, if you encounter any problems while you have a Labs feature enabled, here are some things you can do:
- Temporarily disable Labs and get your account back to normal
- Help pinpoint the problem, if you’d like, by disabling each experiment until the problem goes away; then, report what happened
- Give us feedback using the send feedback link next to the Lab in question on the Labs tab of the Gmail Settings, or visit the Labs Feedback Group
You can use the feedback groups as a place to report bugs, tell us what you like and dislike about the feature, and share special ways in which you’re using it.
Playing with Labs