Adding Gmail Gadgets by URL

I recently discovered that you can add gadgets to your gmail account. Gadgets are added by url, and allow you to greatly customize gmail.

To add a gmail gadget, you first need to install the “Add any Gadget by URL” feature in google labs.

  1. Enter Gmail
  2. In the top right, click the Settings wheel
  3. Click “Labs”
  4. Search for “Add any gadget by url”
  5. Enable the lab

Now to add gadgets, you first need to find the url of the gadget that you wish to include in gmail.  Some gadgets that I have, and find useful are listed below:

  1. Wikipedia gadget (http://www.google.com/ig/modules/wikipedia.xml)
  2. Calculator (http://www.poturi.net/gadgets/calc/calc.xml)
  3. URL shortener (http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/107368512201818821991/bitly-shortener.xml)
  4. Google map shortener (http://www.google.com/ig/modules/mapsearch.xml)
  5. Chuck Norris Fact Generator (http://marsupialmusic.net/stu/scripts/chucknorris.xml)

To add these gadgets, navigate to the settings page in gmail.  Next to the Labs tab, there should now be a “Gadgets” tab.  Just click this tab and then paste the url for the desired gadget.

For other gadgets that people like, see this post on socialtimes.com

Have a gadget that you really enjoy?  Post it in the comments

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