Google Calendar Labs


Recommended Calendar Labs

About Labs

Google Labs are experimental features that you can add to Google Calendar to customize and enhance your calendar. To help you get started, we've put together a list of the labs we think you'll find useful (some are real time savers!). It's important to remember, though, that a lab can become unstable, stop working, or disappear at any time—they are experiments, after all!

Enable Labs

You can enable or disable a lab whenever you like. Here's how:

  1. In Gmail or Google Calendar, click the Gear icon Settings.
  2. Go to the Labs tab.
  3. For each lab you want to use, click Enable. If you want to stop using a lab, click Disable.
  4. Click Save Changes at the top or bottom of the page.


Tip: After you enable a lab, you can quickly access the Labs page again by clicking the Gear icon and selecting Labs.

Recommended Calendar Labs

Automatically declining events

Lets you block off times in your calendar when you are unavailable. Invitations sent for any events during this period will be automatically declined. After you enable this feature, you'll find a "Busy (decline invitations)" option in the Show me as field.
Event flair

Bring life to your calendar and organize your events with icons for things like flights, vacations, parties, and meals -- or use different color stars to categorize your events. After you enable this feature, click on an event and look for the "Calendar flair" gadget to activate.

Note: Icons added to events you organized will be visible to all attendees.
Gentle Reminders

Do you like pop-up reminders but hate how they rudely interrupt whatever you're doing? This feature will prevent reminders from bringing Calendar to the front. Instead, the title of the Google Calendar window or tab will happily blink in the background.

Who's my one-on-one with?

Having a hard time figuring out who scheduled that event called "Lunch" on your calendar? This feature displays the attendee's name right on the calendar if it's just you and one other person.

Year view


Planning ahead and want to see the whole year at once? Adds a Year View gadget to right of your calendar.

Smart Rescheduler

Helps you reschedule an event by analyzing attendees' schedules, evaluating conflicts, obtaining conference rooms and proposing the best meeting times. It's like magic.

Free or busy

See which of your coworkers are free or busy right now. Requires that coworkers share their Google Calendars with you.
Jump to date

Quickly navigate to dates in the distant future or past (actual time travel not yet supported).
Next meeting

See what's coming up next in your calendar.
World clock

Keep track of the time around the world. Plus: When you click an event, you'll see the start time in each time zone as well.
Posted 6/25/12 K. Stesin'13
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