Try experimental features in Labs

Labs allows you to try out experimental features in Google Calendar, so keep the following things in mind:

  • The features may break at any time.
  • Similarly, they may disappear temporarily or permanently.
  • They may work so well that they graduate and become regular features.

Turn on a Labs feature

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. Click the gear in the top right .
  3. Select Labs.
  4. Find the feature you want to turn on and select Enable.
  5. Click Save at the bottom.

Learn more about Labs features

Background image

Personalize your calendar grid by adding an image. You can choose to center, tile, or size the image to fit.

World clock

Always know the current time in multiple time zones. Plus, click on an event and the time zone gadget will display the corresponding event time across the different timezones. Scheduling events across time zones just got easier.

Jump to date

Quickly navigate to specific dates in the past or future. Your calendar view (e.g. Day, Week, Month) will stay the same, but the appropriate date will be displayed.

Next meeting

A handy countdown to the next event on your calendar. Note that only events scheduled on your primary calendar will be displayed in the gadget.

Free or busy

If your friend is sharing a calendar with you, find out what's on their schedule by entering their email address. You must have access to view your friend's calendar in order to use this feature.

Year view

Perfect for planning in advance, this feature allows you to see the entire year in Google Calendar. Simply enter the year you'd like to see and click Go -- a year view will display. You can click on an individual date in the Year View to jump to scheduled events for that day.

Who's my one-on-one with?

If your event only has one other guest, this feature will display the guest's name next to the event title. No more clicking into event details to figure out who you're having lunch with!

Gentle notifications

You can replace the pop-up window notifications that take you to the Google Calendar window with Gentle notifications. When you get a notification, the Google Calendar browser tab or window will blink in the background. Or you can get desktop notifications that float in the corner of your screen (if your browser version is new enough).

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the settings gear in the top right .
  3. Select Labs.
  4. Find Gentle notifications and choose Enable.
  5. Click Save.

If you want to see settings for Gentle notifications, follow these directions:

  1. Go back to the settings gear in the top right .
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Gentle notifications (stay in the "General" tab).
  4. Adjust your settings and Save.
Automatically declining events

Block off times on your calendar when you are unavailable and any invitations sent for events during this time period will be automatically declined. Simply create an event on your calendar that spans the time you can't be scheduled and select Busy (decline invitations) from the Show me as drop-down menu on the event details page.

Event attachments

Want attendees to take a look at a report or agenda before a meeting? Attach a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation to your event, or upload a file from your computer. You must have a Google Docs account in order to enable this lab and add documents as event attachments, but you don't need to have a Google Docs account to simply view documents that have been attached to events by others.

Event guests do not automatically have permission to view Google Docs attachments. You must share each attached document with every guest. Learn More
Hide morning and night

How often do you have something scheduled at 3am? What about 10pm? If the answer is almost never, this lab is for you!

The Hide morning and night lab lets you customize your calendar grid so that you only see events within the time range of your choice.

You’ll notice bolded gray bars on the side of your calendar grid where the time is shown. To adjust the time range, simply click and drag the bar at the top to the desired start time and the bar at the bottom to the desired end time.

You can change the time range or see the default calendar grid by expanding the collapsed time range. To expand the time range that you’ve collapsed, click on the light gray box at the top or the bottom of your calendar grid.


If you have any problems with Calendar while you have a Labs feature enabled, you can turn off each Labs feature one-by-one until the problem goes away:

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. Click the gear in the top right.
  3. Select Labs.
  4. Turn off a feature by selecting Disable
  5. Click Save at the bottom.

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