July 11, 2014, 1:46 PM — Want to get more out of Gmail? Then try these five free Gmail add-ins, each of which will make you instantly more productive.
Gmail integrates with your Google Drive, but what if you use other cloud-based storage and file services? Then you need this great Chome add-in. It lets you attach files to your outgoing mail from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Github, as well as attach photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Picasa. You can even attach notes from Evernote, and search online for images to attach.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could schedule times for your email to be sent -- write one now, and have it delivered tomorrow morning, for example? That's what Boomerang does, and more. It also turn emails into reminders. Click an email, tell Boomerang when you want to see it again, and Boomerang archives it so that your mail is cleaner-looking, and then makes it appear when you've asked it to. Note that you only can handle 10 messages per month for free -- after that, you'll have to pay a subscription fee.
This add-on does exactly what it says: It looks through your Gmail account and finds mail with the biggest attachments. That way you can hunt down the biggest offenders and make your mailbox svelter so that you'll never run out of space.
This great add-on lets you customize the Gmail interface by turning on and off features and elements such as ads, your Hangout status, Google+ activity and more. But that's just a beginning. It also blocks attempts to track your email in Gmail, lets you create a to-do list, follow up on imporant email, and much more.
Google is constantly developing nifty new features for Gmail, only some of which eventually make it into the final product. The company publicly tests out its favorites before giving the thumbs up or thumbs down. You can try out all of the shiny new things Google is trying by turning on Gmail Lab in Gmail. To do it, go to Gmail, then click the gear icon on the upper right part of the screen and choose Settings. Then on the navigation on the top of the screen, click Labs. You'll come to a page that shows all of the new features Google is testing out. When you come across one you like, select Enable next to it. Among my favorites are the "Undo Send" button that lets stop a message from being sent after you've sent it, and "Mark as Read Button" which lets you quickly mark messages as read without having to go through the usual steps.