Gmail Labs quicklinks to find anything in a flash

Daniel Pataki
Jul 13, 2008
Updated • Mar 23, 2014
Email, Gmail, Google, Search

Gmail Quick Links is a new feature rolled out in Google Labs for Gmail which enables you to create some links for frequents searches, but it can be used for much more. Not all of you have this feature yet, so if you don't see any "Labs" option in your settings, try navigating to this link and you should see it. I couldn't find a way to enable this in my Google Apps email account, but I'm sure it will be rolled out there soon too.

Once you have quick links enabled, all you need to do is create some custom searches. Now let's see what you can do here. For example I get a lot of comments on some of my Youtube videos and I like to take a look at them and keep track. However I don't like them clogging up my inbox, so I have a filter that archives them right away.

I could create a filter for the comments, even a filter for comments on separate videos, but I can also search for them, and create a quick link to that search page by clicking "add a quick link" to the side. The major advantage of this method is that you don't need to create a lot of labels. I find that labels are great for organizing, but if you use too many, it's the same as not using them at all.

You can use these quick links for much more than just listing comments. Since you can list any search page, why not list all the video's you've received either by attachement or from youtube? Just create a search for these items and add them to your quick links. This can be of great help if you've been emailing with a collegue and you know he sent you the traffic analysis, but can't remember when and where. Just create a quick link to all doc files sent by that person and you can browse through the files easily.


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