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Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, you have some great Chrome extensions to make your Gmail experience better.

But there are just so many of them! Some have the same functionality, like tweaking the interface or scheduling a mail for later, and others are defunct extensions that top search results. So we scoured through the Chrome Web Store and came up a list of the best of the best. Here’s how to super-power your Gmail in Chrome.

mxHero Toolbox

The first thing you need to install is mxHero Toolbox, which is possibly the only Chrome extension for Gmail The Only Chrome Extension You Need For Gmail: mxHero Toolbox The Only Chrome Extension You Need For Gmail: mxHero Toolbox Someone has come up with an extension that solves all of Gmail's limitations for free. And mxHero Toolbox also adds the ability to send self-destructing messages right from your Gmail! Read More that you need. It combines features that other extensions try to offer, and does it for free. With mxHero Toolbox, you can schedule emails to be sent later, send emails that self-destruct after a period, track email openings and clicks, set reminders to follow up on emails, and send emails individually to each recipient in a bulk mail. The best part is that unlike extensions like Boomerang for Gmail or Right Inbox, mxHero Toolbox is completely free and offers unlimited messages— well, as good as unlimited because the limit is 50 emails per 30 minutes, which is going to be enough for most people.

ActiveInbox

The email inbox is now one of the most important tools used in your workday, so you need a good tool to manage it. And it doesn’t get better than ActiveInbox, which gives you everything you need to address and sort your Gmail Organize Your Gmail Inbox Better With ActiveInbox Organize Your Gmail Inbox Better With ActiveInbox Read More . Each email can be turned into a task and assigned a due date, so you always know what needs to be done. Similarly, when you are sending a new email, you can add a to-do list or other notes so you know what you have to do—your recipient won’t see this. All of this information is neatly maintained in the ActiveInbox sidebar, with a list of all your projects and to-do lists. You can group different emails into projects, and drag-and-drop to change the order of emails. There is a lot of depth to this extension and the more you use it, the more features and tricks you will find to enhance your productivity.

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Checker Plus for Gmail

If you don’t keep your Gmail tab open all the time, Checker Plus 11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience 11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, you have some great Chrome extensions to make your Gmail experience better. Read More is one of the best Gmail plugins for Chrome What Are The Best Gmail Plugins For Chrome? What Are The Best Gmail Plugins For Chrome? Tweak Gmail to work exactly the way you want it to. Whether you want to integrate social media icons in your signature, see more information about your contacts, or deal with an email later instead... Read More to get notifications of new emails and interact with them. It supports multiple Google accounts and has various customizable ways of notifying you, whether it’s through a pop-up notification, a sound, or even reading out an email with its built-in text-to-speech function. I particularly like how it lets you interact with new mails, giving you the ability to quickly delete one or mark it as read without having to open your inbox.

Insert Text

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This is one of my favourite productivity add-ons for Gmail Turn Gmail Into A Productivity Beast With These Chrome Extensions [Beta Invites] Turn Gmail Into A Productivity Beast With These Chrome Extensions [Beta Invites] Gmail is a fantastic email client. In fact, I will go as far to say that it’s the best. With that said, can it really get any better? With these Chrome extensions, it can. And... Read More . It works much like Gmail’s built-in canned responses Email Faster & Better With Canned Responses Email Faster & Better With Canned Responses Don’t have time to cook lunch? No problem, grab a can. Need some camping chow that won’t go bad? Easy, get some canned food. Tired of typing the same email replies? Try canned emails! Think... Read More , but only better. Where a canned response is a template that takes up the whole email, Insert Text can be put it at any point of your response. The best part is that it lets you set up folders, so you can categorize your ready messages. It’s brilliant and if you don’t already have it, you will wonder how you were using Gmail without it all this time.

Send From Gmail

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With Send From Gmail, things get simple. When you want to mail someone an interesting link Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome] Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome] Ever since Google created the email wonder known as Gmail, people have been raving all about it, and it doesn't look like there's an end in sight because of Google's continual updates to the service... Read More you just saw, Send From Gmail does that in a jiffy with a toolbar shortcut like in the picture above. It auto-creates a new mail filled in the subject field with the title of the website and URL in the body, so all you need to do is type in the “To” column and hit send. Like I said, simple.

iFramely for Gmail

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If writing or reading an email with a YouTube link or photos from Picasa, Gmail offers to play it right there, without exiting the inbox. But that’s not the case with non-Google apps like Vimeo or Soundcloud. Well, unless you have iFramely for Gmail, which turns links into playable embedded frames.

Cloudy

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Right now, if you want to attach a file in Gmail, it needs to be either in your Google Drive or on your hard drive. But what if it’s stored in your Dropbox or it’s a photo on Facebook? With Cloudy for Gmail, you can attach just about any cloud file How To Attach Files From The Cloud To Gmail In Chrome How To Attach Files From The Cloud To Gmail In Chrome Have you ever found yourself in a position where you're trying to get files out of the cloud and send them to friends or colleagues via email? You probably end up having to download the... Read More in an email. It works with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and direct URLs, so you can send emails faster than ever.

WiseStamp

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If you want a professional-looking email signature, complete with links to your social media profiles and other details, then Wisestamp is the easiest way to spice up signatures How To Spice Up Your Email Signatures With WiseStamp How To Spice Up Your Email Signatures With WiseStamp WiseStamp allows you to create multiple personalized email signatures for all standard webmail accounts, including Gmail, Windows Live / Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail. In addition to standard personal data and social networking profile... Read More . Creating a new signature is a painless three-step process, after which you can add other details like your social media links, chat links, personal websites, and more. Unfortunately, the free version of Wisestamp includes only one signature and a link-back ad, so depending on how professional your needs are, it might be worth paying for more signatures, different templates and company-wide standardization.

KeyRocket

Gmail has several useful keyboard shortcuts and KeyRocket teaches you how to remember all of them as you type. So suppose you open the Compose New Message window by using your mouse to click on the button. KeyRocket will give you a gentle reminder in the form of a pop-up box that you can hit ‘C’ while in Gmail to do the same thing. Over time, you’ll pick up these shortcuts and be much faster in controlling your inbox.

Rapportive

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There’s more to the Internet than Gmail, so when a contact sends you a message, Rapportive adds context. This extension, which runs in the sidebar, gives you more information about people in a conversation, such as their social profiles and recent tweets, and brings an option to add notes to that contact for future reference. There are a few other extensions like this one, but Rapportive is still the best of the lot.

Gmelius

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If you are particular about how you want your Gmail inbox to look, Gmelius is going to be your new best friend. Want to switch labels to the right? Done! Need to see which email your cursor is hovering over? There’s a nice little highlight for that. Want to remove ads on the right, or chat and calendar widget, or tinker around with how the header looks, or much more? This extension has you covered. In no time, your Gmail will look exactly how you want it to look Customize Gmail's Online Interface With Gmelius [Firefox, Chrome & Opera] Customize Gmail's Online Interface With Gmelius [Firefox, Chrome & Opera] Remove features you don't like from Gmail, leaving behind only the things you do. Gmelius is a simple extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera that lets you turn off parts of Gmail you're not interested... Read More . What’s more, Gmelius Premium is currently in beta mode and so is free, which means you can check out how to search your Gmail inbox from the Chrome omnibox and get a clean print style for your emails.

What About Firefox?

Not all of these extensions are available on Mozilla Firefox, but that browser has its own set of cool tools. If you’re a Firefox user, would you be interested in a similar article? And what tools do you use to make your Gmail better?

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  1. jugal desai
    October 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    can u please tell me the mail tracker extension for firefox which is used to know
    is the mail that sended is opened or not ?

  2. Adrien S
    September 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    If you don't like 'Insert Text' you might want to give this extension a try. I really like Tab Completion feature as I try to use my keyboard more than the mouse:

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/quicktext-for-chrome/lmcngpkjkplipamgflhioabnhnopeabf

  3. mystic soul
    May 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Awesome list!! Will be trying a few of these and see how it helps to improve the Gmail experience. Thanks

  4. selma
    May 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Please an app for making making G- mail default in windows 8 8.1. nothing seems to work--have tried everything

  5. Mohcinhassan
    April 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I would appreciate a similar article for Firefox.
    Thanks in advance.

  6. A.S.R.
    April 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Firefox please!

  7. DudleyS
    April 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I would appreciate similar re. Firefox too.
    Thanks.

  8. niels
    April 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I give up.

    If you don't want to answer my question, then please don't bother.
    I don't care what you think of 'subject' in relation to email.
    I just want to get rid of it.

    • Ed
      April 16, 2014 at 12:12 am

      You want to get rid of the "subject"?
      You want to get rid of it asking for the "subject"?
      You want to get rid of the app that is asking for the "subject"?
      Not sure what you want rid of...
      Besides, you should really use subjects for the people getting your emails. It's not about you, it's about them. ;-)

    • Charlie
      April 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      If I recieve a mail without subject, I delete it without reading!

  9. Jeremy Holton
    April 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I have been using ActivInbox for a couple of years and I couldn't live without it. My inboxes are kept empty.

  10. niels hojbjerg
    April 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I try once more:

    mxHero wants a subject and I very rarely use subjects when mailing, so how do I get rid of that ???

    br nh

    • BettyR
      April 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      There are so many reasons to use subjects that I find it incredible that you dont use sujects. Imagine trying to choose from a menu in a restaurant which just said FOOD. How annoying it would be to get an email from you. Basic email etiquette is to use a subject. It is like please and thank you.

  11. Rajesh
    April 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for this helpful article.

  12. John
    April 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Great article,
    Would defenitily like to see the same for Firefox

  13. niels hojbjerg
    April 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    mxHero subject

    very nice and usefull list.
    I installed several of the extensions.

    One question, though.
    mxHero wants a subject and I very rarely use subjects when mailing, so how do I get rid of that ???

    I tried to google it and found nothing.
    maybe I should ask my wife.
    she dosn't need google - she knows everything!!

    br nh

    • TheQ47
      April 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

      You rarely use subjects when mailing? That must be a pain in the neck for anyone getting an email from you so, because they can't decide what to do with the email until they've actually opened it first. At least if you give a subject line on an email, people can then decide how important it is, and decide what to do with it.

      It's like a book without a title, nobody would watch it, because they wouldn't know what it was called.

      Add (meaningful, relevant) subjects to your emails.

    • TheQ47
      April 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

      *nobody would read it*

  14. amin
    April 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    WOW
    what a fantastic list. this was awesome man. Thanks a lot!

  15. Erin S
    April 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Last I heard, Rapportive was abandoned... the guy went to LinkedIn and it just quit working for me... uninstalled it. Couldn't really find a suitable replacement.

    I was AWESOME, I have to admit; has it been picked up again?

    • Sam
      April 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Smartr Inbox is a good alternative to Rapportive - made by Xobni who also have apps for other email clients I think. But my Rapportive is still working I think!

  16. Gregory A
    April 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This is good one. Can we have such for Safari, if it exist.

  17. Roger S
    April 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks so much for the article. Will have to give a couple of these a try.

  18. regis
    April 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Very good article!Only one question, what about privacy terms of all these truly fantastic tools ?

  19. Harry
    April 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I would appreciate a similar article for Firefox.
    Thanks in advance.

  20. Kalzon
    April 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I would also add Todoist. It is a cross-platform task manager.

  21. Kristopher H
    April 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    What a great list! I've heard of several of these before, but Gmelius is new to me. I'm giving that one and MX Hero a try right now. Thanks!

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