Google published a few snippets of code on Friday that will help users “snooze” specific emails in Gmail, saving them for later.

Google’s Gmail Snooze solution addresses a problem many users face: swamped by email, calendar meeting requests, phone calls, and other distractions, occasionally an email will arrive that a user wants to act upon, but lacks the time right at the moment.

Instead, he or she may want to “snooze” the email, or have it appear as a “new” email in a day or so. To do so, though, isn’t easy. (In Outlook, one could drag the email into a custom “To do” folder, although this still wouldn’t tag the email as unread.)

Users need to visit the Google Gmail blog post and copy the lines of code therein into a Google Docs document under “Scrip Editor”. Yes, Google is asking you to create a script to enable this functionality – as of press time, there was no Gmail Labs option to click and enable.

“Writing” your own script, however, also allows you to customzie it any way you’d like. Here’s how it works:

“To ‘snooze’ a thread, use Gmail’s ‘Move To’ button to move the thread into the “Snooze for X days” label and archive it,” Google software engineer Corey Goldfeder wrote. “Every night, threads will move up through one day of the queue, and at the appointed number of days they will reappear in your inbox, unarchived.”

“Because this is an Apps Script, you can edit the code any way you like. If you’d like different snooze times or for unsnoozed messages to get starred, you can easily change the code,” Goldfeder added.

It’s unclear whether or not the publication of code will be the new status quo under the elimination of Google Labs, which occurred in July.

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