Furthermore, in the Labs you can now opt-in to the “Add any gadget by URL” experiment, which will add a Gadgets tab into your mail settings. Clicking that tab will allow you to paste any gadget XML URL into the box and have it show up to the left of Gmail. Google in a blog post says that for now “it’s a sandbox mainly aimed at developers who want to play around with gadgets in Gmail. We’re not tied to the left-nav as a primary way to extend Gmail – in fact we think it is relatively limited and doesn’t offer scalable real estate. There are also some downsides to the iframe-style Gadgets we’re using today – they can sometimes slow down the page.”
Note when you add multiple gadgets, opting in to Gmail’s “Navbar drag and drop” experiment can come in handy as well, as it lets you move the positions of the individual gadget boxes. You can also enable the “Right-side chat” and “Right-side labels” experiments to free more space to the left.
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