10 Useful Gadgets from Gmail Labs "Add Any Gadget by URL" Feature

Have you ever checked "Add any gadget by URL" a powerful but little known Gmail feature that lives in Labs. "Once you turn it on, you can add iGoogle gadgets (or any gadget specified by an .xml file) to the side of your Gmail account. While most of these gadgets are built by third-parties and […]

Have you ever checked "Add any gadget by URL" a powerful but little known Gmail feature that lives in Labs. "Once you turn it on, you can add iGoogle gadgets (or any gadget specified by an .xml file) to the side of your Gmail account. While most of these gadgets are built by third-parties and not owned or maintained by Google, they can be super handy," informs google.

To install any of these gadgets, follow those steps:

  1. From your Gmail account, go to the Labs tab of Gmail Settings.
  2. Look for the Lab "Add any gadget by URL." Enable it, then click "Save changes."
  3. Go to the new "Gadgets" tab under "Settings" and add the relevant .xml address.

Here's a list of the ten gadgets:

  1. Wikipedia
    Look for a specific query right from Gmail.
    http://www.google.com/ig/modules/wikipedia.xml

  2. Google Calculator
    Make some quick calculations while typing an email.
    http://calebegg.com/calc.xml

  3. Note
    Add a sticky note to the corner of your Gmail account.
    http://www.google.com/ig/modules/sticky.xml

  4. Remember the Milk
    If you're a fan of this task management system, accessing all your "Remember the milk" notes from right within Gmail can be super handy.
    http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/modules/gmail/rtm.xml

  5. PolyClock
    Gives you the time of day for any place in the world.
    http://gad.getpla.net/poly/clock.xml

  6. Currency Converter
    A real time currency converter.
    http://helloworld123---.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/currency-converter.xml

  7. bit.ly URL shortener
    Lets you shorten URLs in a single click.
    http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/107368512201818821991/bitly-shortener.xml

  8. Chuck Norris fact generator
    Displays a different "Chuck Norris fact" every day of the year. http://marsupialmusic.net/stu/scripts/chucknorris.xml

  9. Finally, you might be familiar with the last two gadgets, since they arehttp://htmlcompressor.com/compressor.html#result also available as individual Gmail Labs:
    • Google Calendar
      Displays your Google Calendar agenda right from Gmail.
      http://www.google.com/ig/modules/calendar.xml

    • Google Docs
      Gives you quick access to your most recent documents.
      www.google.com/ig/modules/docs.xml

You can find lots of other gadgets optimized for iGoogle here, and many of them work well in Gmail, too.

[Source: Gmail blog]