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How To Add Google Docs And Google Calendar In Your Gmail Account

Do you use Google Docs and Calendar frequently? Now you can integrate them in your Gmail account. They are now available in the Gmail Labs, but are disabled as default. You simply need to enable them to view them in the left sidebar of your Gmail homepage.

To enable them follow these simple steps,

Open your Gmail account, and go to Settings and click on Labs as shown in the screenshot below.

gmail labs

For those who don’t know what is Gmail Labs, it is a testing ground where Gmail development team add all experimental features.

In the Google’s own words,

Gmail engineers come up with new ideas all the time. Gmail Labs is our place to try them out and get your feedback. None of these features are really ready for prime time yet, so they may change, break or disappear at any time.

Now since you are inside Labs, you will see handful of Gadgets that you might want to try. Navigate all the way down and you will find both Google Docs and Calendar gadgets, enable them as shown in the screenshot below and click Save Changes.

google calendar and docs labs

Once you are done, your Gmail will load again, and once the loading is complete you will find both Google Calendar and Docs widgets in your left sidebar as shown in the screenshot below.

docs and calendar gmail sidebar

You will also now notice that there is a small green Gmail Labs logo before Settings, next time you want to go to Gmail Labs simply click on this green flask logo and you will be taken direct to Gmail Labs.

gmail green flask

You can now try Gadgets from Gmail Lab more easily.

Got any question, suggestion, or feedback? Feel free to leave a comment.


  1. For the Google Calendar embedded in the gmail page, how can you get “other” calendars to show? For instance if i added a sports one, it only shows when i go to the calendars page. not from the email page.

  2. Can you tell me how to enable Calendar, Contacts, Sites and Documents so that the links are located at the top left hand corner of the page instead of the left sidebar? Thanks.

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