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Try experimental features in Labs

You can turn on Labs in your Calendar settings to try out new features.

Labs are experiments

Since Labs are still experiments, they might change, break, or disappear at any time.

Turn on Labs

You can only turn on and use Labs on your computer or a mobile browser. They don't work on the Android or iPhone Calendar app.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right corner, touch or click Settings SettingsLabs.
  3. For any Labs you want to add, select Enable.
  4. At the bottom of the page, touch or click Save.

Learn about the current Labs

Background image

Personalize your calendar grid by adding an image.

You can choose to center, tile, or size the image to fit.

When you choose an image to upload, make sure to use the link to the image itself and not a folder that the image is in.

World clock

See time in multiple time zones.

Click on an event and the time zone gadget will show the event time across time zones.

Jump to date

Navigate to specific dates.

Your calendar view (day, week, month) will stay the same, but the new date will be shown.

Next meeting

See a countdown to the next event on your calendar.

Free or busy

If someone shared their calendar with you, enter their email address to see what's on their schedule.

Year view

See your entire year in Google Calendar.

Click a date to see your events for that day.

Who's my one-on-one with?

If your event only has one other guest, you'll see the guest's name next to the event's title.

Gentle notifications

Have a browser with Google Calendar open blink in the background instead of showing a notification on your screen for your upcoming event.

When you turn on Gentle notifications, your browser will ask you to allow to show notifications. The exact prompt you see may look different depending on which browser you use. If you don't allow your browser to show notifications, you won't get any notifications for upcoming events.

Automatically declining events

Block off times on your calendar when you're unavailable, and any invitations you get for events during this time will be automatically declined.

To block off time, create an event that covers the time you'll be busy and select Busy (decline invitations) from the "Show me as" drop-down menu on the event details page.

Hide morning and night

Customize your calendar grid so you only see events in a certain time range.

To adjust your time range, drag the bar on the left side of the calendar.

Troubleshoot problems

If you're having problems with Google Calendar after turning a Lab on, try turning it off to see if that fixes the problem.

Aaron is a Calendar expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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