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Some MORE Gmail Gadgets worth trying out

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There is a powerful but little known Gmail feature that lives in Labs called “Add any gadget by URL.” 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.

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 few more worth trying out:

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

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

Gmail Currency Calculator Gadget

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

Chuck Norris fact generator

Displays a different “Chuck Norris fact” every day of the year.

http://marsupialmusic.net/stu/scripts/chucknorris.xml

Gmail Chuck Norris Fact GadgetFinally, you might be familiar with the last two gadgets, since they are also available as individual Gmail Labs:

Google Calendar
Displays your Google Calendar agenda right from Gmail.
http://www.google.com/ig/modules/calendar.xml
Gmail Calendar Gadget

Google Docs
Gives you quick access to your most recent documents.
www.google.com/ig/modules/docs.xml
Gmail Docs Gadget
You can find lots of other gadgets optimized for iGoogle on this page, and many of them work well in Gmail, too.
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