It’s been four months since our first Gmail Roundup. And Gmail being as popular as it is, it’s time for a major update. So here you go, over 80 Gmail tools and tips, including Firefox extensions, Greasemonkey scripts, Desktop programs, Web applications and all-purpose ‘HowTo’ guides.
Gmail Manager – manage multiple Gmail accounts, receive new mail notifications, view unread messages right from your browser statusbar. “…The Gmail Manager Firefox add-on obviates the need to keep your Gmail open in a tab all the time by displaying your email info in a statusbar pop-up…” [via LifeHacker]
GmailThis – excellent browser bookmarklet that lets you quickly forward highlighted text on any webpage via Gmail.
Better Gmail – integrates features of 10 Greasemonkey scripts into one firefox addon. These include: Google Reader integration, Mac-like skin, GCal integration, Fixed font and more.
GmailSkinz – powerful firefox addon with lots of cool features: change Inbox color , Add Google IG modules, insert images from Picasa albums, insert smileys, make navigation menu horizontal, hide unnecessary page elements, and more. (Note: some users reported having problems with this addon).
CustomizeGoogle – removes ads, switches you from http to https, hides the spam counter, quick contacts box, invite box and forces fixed font
– search your Gmail account directly from the firefox search bar.
– toggle between Gmail and Google Calendar with keyboard shortcuts.
GTDInbox – turns your account into flexible and feature-loaded ToDo-management service (GTD = Getting Things Done)
– this handy extension lets you quickly attach one or more files to your emails by dragging them over the “Attach a file” link.
Google Toolbar – official Google toolbar featuring one-click Gmail messages search.
GreaseMonkey SCRIPTS (What is Greaseamonkey?)
Gmail Spam-count Hide – hides spam count link.
Google Reader Folders – adds a little box that lists the folders on Google Reader along with the number of unread items in each one.
Gmail Date Search – adds a ‘Search by Date’ button to Gmail’s search form.
GMail Attachment Icons – adds attachment icons to emails, letting you see what kind of attachment an email has (HTML ,JPG, PDF….). Note: ‘Attachment icons’ isn’t a standard Greasemonkey script, it’s an addon for a similar Firefox extension known as Stylish. However it should work with Geasemonkey as well.
GmailTo – forces all ‘mailto’ links to open in GMail.
Gmail Encrypt – encrypts your messages to prevent unwanted people from reading it. Just in case someone intercepts it while it’s on the way.
Signature Float – moves your email signature to the top of the message rather than the bottom.
Attachment reminder – reminds you to attach a file to your Gmail, based on whether you have the word attach (ed, ment, etc) in the body.
Desktop Programs and Web Apps
GmailDrive (Win) – adds a new virtual drive (‘Gmail Drive’) to ‘My Computer‘ folder. Drag’n drop files on top it to store them in your Gmail account.
gDisk (Mac) – Mac alternative for the above mentioned GmailDrive.
Gmail ToDo – handy desktop application that allows you to quickly add and save todo’s in a ‘ToDo’ label in your Gmail account.
– free service for forwarding some/all of your emails to your mobile (US Only).
Icon Generator – minimize spam exposure by getting an image for your email address and safely publish it wherever needed.
GMail Mobile – access Gmail from your mobile.
Google Talk – Google’s IM service which is fully integrable with GMail.
You’ve Got Gmail – Gmail plugin for Trillian (IM client)
– web-based proxy for accessing Gmail from places where it’s blocked (work, school,…)
iPhoto2Gmail (Mac) – allows you to instantly email images from within iPhoto. Send either original or optimized (resized) image versions.
MailPlane – “…A full fledged mail client for Google Mail and Mac OS X “. Mail client combining best of Gmail with Mac’s simplicity anduser interface. It’s still in beta though, but you can request invite from here.
– mountable Linux filesystem which uses Gmail as its storage medium
GMail HowTo’s (over 20 all purpose HowTo guides)
HowTo: Build advanced Gmail filters and persistent searches.
HowTo: Import your archived emails into Gmail.
HowTo: Access Gmail account of someone who dies.
HowTo: Force Gmail notifier to use SSL (instead of HTTP).
HowTo: Import contacts from Hotmail to Gmail.
Redownload Gmail messages into outlook.
HowTo: Backup your Gmail messages using Google Groups.
HowTo: Create Google Calendar events from Gmai.
HowTo: Set Gmail as default mail client in Ubuntu (without any additional software).
HowTo: Sync. Google Calendar and Gmail contacts to your desktop.
HowTo: Use rich HTML email signatures straight from Gmail (req. extension).
Manage all your email account with Gmail. (Excellent guide for folks with several emails.)
HowTo: Back up Gmail with Fetchmail (Windows).
HowTo: Configure and access Gmail on Mozilla Thunderbird.
HowTo: Use Gmail over IMAP and tag your mail, too.
Sync. Micr. Outlook, GCal, Gmail, iPod, and mobile phone.
HowTo: Encrypt and sign Gmail messages using FireGPG extension (see above).
HowTo: Work with Gmail Attachments like a PRO.
HowTo: Attach and send blocked file types, i.e. ‘*.exe’.
Find that ‘someone’ who gives away your email address to spammers.
HowTo: Gmail on Home Linux Box using Postfix and Fetchmail.
- Secret keyboard shortcut for deleting messages [labnol.blogspot.com]
- Shortcuts for Special Gmail Labels [googlesystem.blogspot.com] – for ultra quick navigation
- Gmail Shortcut List: handy, printable list of keyboard shortcuts for the Gmail [comp.nus.edu.sg]