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Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, the Chrome Web Store has some excellent extensions to improve your Gmail experience. But it also has several that you don’t need. Let’s sift the gems from the mud.

Note: The extensions in this list work only with Gmail. If you prefer the time-saving Inbox by Gmail 10 Super Efficient Ways Inbox by Gmail Saves You Time 10 Super Efficient Ways Inbox by Gmail Saves You Time Inbox by Gmail is Google's most recent approach to email organization and management. It can give you a simpler email workflow. Find out if Inbox by Gmail can be the better choice for you. Read More , there are separate extensions for that.

ActiveInbox: Send Mails Later and Manage Email Tasks

If you’re a Gmail power user, this is the best extension you can install. But be warned, ActiveInbox is free for a one month trial, after which it costs $50 per year.

That cost can be well worth it if you need its features. ActiveInbox includes every major feature missing in Gmail, which you would normally pay for. Among other things, it lets you:

We actually love ActiveInbox competitors like Boomerang, FollowUp.cc, or mxHero Toolbox. But as it stands today, ActiveInbox gets the nod ahead of them for being a better all-round solution to deal with inbox overload and email to-do lists How to Deal With Inbox Overload and To-Do Lists in Emails How to Deal With Inbox Overload and To-Do Lists in Emails Email is not just communication, it also largely dictates your to-do list. Let's talk about the best tips to link the inbox to our productivity with Andy Mitchell -- the founder of ActiveInbox. Read More .

Download: ActiveInbox for Chrome (Free)

Notifus: Free Follow-up Reminders

A lot of extensions offer to remind you to follow up on an email where you didn’t get a reply. We tested all of them and Notifus gets our vote as the one to install.

Notifus keeps things simple, and more importantly, keeps things free. Instead of the “Send” button, click one of the buttons to Send and remind me in X days. It’s that easy, and it works.

Download: Notifus for Chrome (Free)

Sortd: Turn Gmail Into a Trello-Like Task Board

For a lot of people, the inbox serves as a to-do list of sorts. Everything you need to know about your tasks is in emails. So Sortd simply turns Gmail into a Trello-like task board.

The extension is a skin for your inbox, where you can drag-and-drop messages into different columns. Each column can have a different header, like To Do, Follow Up, Important, and so on.

Download: Sortd for Chrome (Free)

Checker Plus for Gmail: If You Don’t Have Gmail Always Open

A lot of people keep their Gmail inbox open and pinned as a tab at all times. But if that’s not you, then Checker Plus for Gmail is the perfect extension to know when you get a new message.

It’s not just a notifier though. Checker Plus also lets you interact with the email, and even mark it as read or delete it. There’s even a small pop-down pane that lets you interact with the inbox without opening a new tab for it.

Download: Checker Plus for Gmail for Chrome (Free)

Mailtrack: Check Whether Your Email Was Read

When an email is important, you want to know if the recipient has got it and then read it. Mailtrack is the easiest free and unlimited solution for this.

Whenever you send a mail, you’ll get one green tick to indicate it has reached the inbox of the recipient. Then you’ll get a second green tick to indicate that the person read it. Mailtrack can even tell you if someone read your email more times than one. Stalkers are going to love this.

Download: Mailtrack for Chrome (Free)

Blade Signatures: Add a Gorgeous, Professional Signature

Gmail lets you add signatures to each email, but they look kind of drab, don’t they? Blade is the easy way to design a classy signature without any coding or other hijinks.

Install the extension, add your details (like photo, website, social profiles, personal info), and create a signature. You can now attach this signature in any email you send within a few seconds. It’s actually easier than WiseStamp, and it doesn’t add any “made by Blade” appendage to the signature.

The free version of Blade lets you make two signatures and switch between them, which should be enough for most people. If you want more options, you’ll need to pay or create custom signatures in Google Drive How to Make Cool Gmail Signatures Right from Google Drive How to Make Cool Gmail Signatures Right from Google Drive For beautiful email signatures all you need is the right intent and the message that carries it across. Google Drive gives you the tools to bring your signatures to Gmail without any bother. Read More .

Download: Blade Signatures for Chrome (Free)

DraftMap: Real-Time Writing Suggestions and Improvements

Email is often serious business and how you compose it will matter. DraftMap improves your English skills to ensure your message is well worded.

The extension uses different colors to highlight repetitive words, passive voice, adverbs, and cliches. It will even advise you on the email’s readability and style. A must-have if anyone has complained your emails aren’t professional.

Download: DraftMap for Chrome (Free)

Simple Gmail Notes: Add Sticky Notes That Only You Can See

You can’t always write everything you want to in an email. And sometimes, when you receive a message, you need to add notes to it. Simple Gmail Notes makes this easier.

You can customize the color, font size, position, and other aspects of the note. The extension even lets you add notes to the calendar. Best of all, the notes are stored on your Google Drive, so your data isn’t going to a third party.

Download: Simple Gmail Notes for Chrome (Free)

Email Text Formatter: Make Messages Look Good

When you copy-paste stuff from a website into Gmail, it retains that website’s formatting. So your first line, where you addressed the person, appears like it normally does in Gmail. And the rest of the stuff is a mix of large and small fonts and different colors. It’s a mess, and it’s unprofessional.

If that ever happens again, install and run Email Text Formatter. It will turn all text into the default Gmail font, size, and color. And it will retain links too. This is one of those nifty tools everyone needs to write better emails.

Download: Email Text Formatter for Chrome (Free)

Rename Email: Change the Subject of Messages in Your Inbox

Rename Email brings an ability we long wish Gmail had. It lets you change the subject line of any message in your inbox, so that it says what you want, not what the sender intended.

This is perhaps the simplest way to remember what an email is about, and never lose track of it. No wonder it’s one of the best free Gmail extensions for Chrome 6 New Free Gmail Extensions for Chrome You Need to Install 6 New Free Gmail Extensions for Chrome You Need to Install If you use the mighty combination of Google Chrome and Gmail, there are some new browser extensions you need to check out. Read More .

Download: Rename Email for Chrome (Free)

Easy Eye Scan: Hide Body Text in Inbox

A ton of Gmail users complain about how cluttered the inbox looks. A big reason for this is that the inbox shows the first bit of any email’s body text, instead of just the subject.

Easy Eye Scan is the simple fix for this. All it does is remove the body text from your inbox view. It might seem like a small thing, but try it out and you’ll find that it’s an incredible improvement for your Gmail.

Download: Easy Eye Scan for Chrome (Free)

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This list was all about the 11 best extensions for Gmail on Chrome. But let’s face it, there are a lot more contenders, aren’t there? Tell us your favorite Gmail extensions for Chrome that aren’t on  this list.

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  1. dragonmouth
    July 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    All these extensions are nothing more than trying to make a purse out of a sow's ear. GMail is a half-developed product. Google is more interested in adding glitz than functionality.

    20 years ago, when I was using AT&TMail and Outlook, I was able to sort the contents of my folders on any column (sender, subject, etc.). GMail does not even provide column headings, let alone a sort capability. 20 years ago, when I was using AT&TMail and Outlook, when I designated an email as 'spam', I never saw it again. In GMail, no matter how many times I say 'Delete Forever', I keep getting spam from the same source. Google does not block-user designated spam from getting to the user's mailbox. It only sticks in the 'Spam' folder which then has to be emptied manually.

    In the same vein, I have set up filters to intercept any message I consider spam before they get into my 'Inbox'. Unfortunately, 'send to spam' is not one of the options available. All I can do is send those messages to the 'Delete' folder from which I then have to remove them manually.

    For at least the last 10 years I've been sending Google suggestions about sorting by column and deleting spam forever automatically. I have had a uniform lack of success. Not even a form response of 'thanks for the suggestion' or 'don't bother us'. But in those 10 years Google has added quite a bit of non-functional eye candy.

  2. rob
    July 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Is there an extension which allows the message to be displayed without actually opening it similar to Outlook. A list of emails with a reading pane on the right?

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

      You don't need an extension for that, Gmail already has it :) Above your inbox, next to the Cog wheel, you'll see a button for "Toggle Split View" where you can choose a horizontal or vertical split.

  3. josh
    July 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    gmail compact!!!!!

  4. Ivan
    January 16, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    My top-3 are Checker Plus, Unroll.me and Deskun. Really recommend these ones.

  5. Anonymous
    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 ?

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

    • Oron
      July 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Affixa. Costs around $1-2 a year but does the job!

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

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

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

    Firefox please!

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

    I would appreciate similar re. Firefox too.
    Thanks.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

    Thanks for this helpful article.

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

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

  17. 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*

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

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

  19. 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!

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

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

  21. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. 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!