Firefox/Chrome: RightInbox is an awesome tool for boosting Gmail's capabilities.
Chrome: If you want to delete messages you receive on Facebook you have to select the message, click the Actions button, and then select delete. It's a cumbersome process, but Facebook Fast Delete Messages is a Chrome extension that simplifies it down to one-click directly from your inbox.More »
Gmail is Google's golden child, but it isn't perfect. It's full of numerous user interface elements you don't necessarily want or need and there's no way to turn them off. Gmelius offers you a way out of ads, the people bar, and more while also making Gmail easier to navigate. It's a great extension, it's free, and can dramatically improve your experience in less than a minute. More »
Chrome: Heavy Google Docs users know it can be a pain when you get an email with an attachment—even if it's in Gmail—and want to save it in Google Docs for later. You have to view the attachment first, and then click to save it in Google Docs, and even then only if it's one of a few file types. With the Gmail Attachments to Docs extension for Chrome, saving one or all of your attachments is as easy as clicking one link. More »
If you're sick of hitting an email link only to see your old email client open up on your desktop, Chrome has finally built in Gmail support, so links to email addresses open up right in your Gmail inbox. More »
Chrome: If you have a bunch of Gmail accounts you might grow sick of switching between them using the native switch account feature. Google Mail Multi-Account Checker is a Chrome extension that notifies you and switches between new emails in up to nine accounts.More »
<!-- videoId: 29351194 --><!-- /videoId: 29351194 --> Web/Android: Want to ramp up your address book? Sure you do.
Firefox/Chrome/Safari: Previously mentioned to-do manager and browser extension Taskforce has rolled out a number of new updates to its service, including the ability to share and collaborate on lists with other users, add recurring tasks, and fully integrate with Google Tasks, so you can manage your to-dos even when you're using a computer or device where Taskforce is unavailable. More »
Gmail added drag-and-drop image insertion last year, but they've pumped up Gmail's image-sharing features even more today by adding clipboard support. Now, if you've copied an image from somewhere, you can paste it right into Gmail's Compose window to send it. This currently only works in Google Chrome, though Google says they hope to add it to other browsers soon. [Official Gmail Blog] More »
Firefox/Chrome: Gmail's address book is nice, but isn't mind-blowing.
If you use access Gmail in Google Chrome on your computer, you can now view PDF attachments using Chrome's built-in viewer. The Chrome PDF plug-in is faster than the Google Docs previewer, its rendering accuracy is better, and you don't have to change settings anywhere for this to take effect. Just use Gmail in Google Chrome and the 'view' link will automatically open your file in the Chrome PDF viewer.
The change is also nice because Chrome's PDF plug-in actually lets you print, unlike the previewer which can only manage recursion printing (it generates a PDF of your PDF).
Google Chrome: We're visual creatures, and sifting through an entire inbox organized only by text isn't exactly pretty. Chrome extension SocialGmail adds contact thumbnails to your inbox, so you can more easily recognize who that new message is from. More »
If you reload your Gmail tab, you should be prompted to enable the desktop notifications -- otherwise, head into Settings, scroll down to Desktop Notifications, and choose what kind of notifications you want. You can currently toggle chat, new mail, and new important mail -- but presumably, you'll be able to select which labels will produce notifications.
Gmail interface tweaks tend to be all or nothing: you either keep the standard Gmail interface with all its bells, whistles and distractions, or you hide all the links and sidebar doodads at once. The Minimalist Gmail Chrome extension is different: it gives you control over 40+ individual elements of the Gmail interface, from the top bar all the way down to the footer.
Minimalist Gmail is mainly useful for hiding parts of the interface that don't do anything for you: the invites box (why is this still around, anyway?), the legal section in the footer, the links at the top to other Google sites, and virtually anything else you can think of. It's got other perks, too: you can replace the links in the Google Bar with custom links of your own. Mousing over each option will show you the part of the interface it affects, so you can see what you're about to hide.
Lifehacker calls Minimalist Gmail "the best Gmail tweaker for Chrome yet," and they're probably right. With this many individual options for fine-tuning, individual obsessives will find certainly find something to nitpick here, but the average user who's annoyed with Gmail clutter will absolutely love Minimalist Gmail.