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6 New Free Gmail Extensions for Chrome You Need to Install

Mihir Patkar 31-03-2017

As good as Inbox by Gmail is 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 still many who use good old Gmail. And developers make more extensions for them. If you use the mighty combination of Google Chrome and Gmail, there are some new add-ons you need to check out.


All the extensions are about being more productive in your inbox. Whether it’s speeding up attachments or writing notes and reminders, these tools help get things done. And remember, you can install Chrome extensions on Opera How to Install Google Chrome Extensions in Opera Browser Opera is making a case for you to switch to it. There's one small problem: extensions. What if you could install Chrome extensions in Opera? It's easy, so here's a quick guide. Read More or any Chromium-based browser.

1. Handle: Combine Emails With To-Do Lists and Calendars

A productivity motto is to not let your inbox turn into a to-do list. While it is logical, it ignores the fact that your email is where you find out your tasks 9 Instant Ways to Turn Your Emails into Tasks You can't stop to-do-type emails from ending up in your inbox, but you can turn them into tasks to manage them better. Here are some tips to turn emails into tasks. Read More . Gmail users can enable Tasks in the side pane, but Handle is a far better to-do list made for the inbox.

You can convert any email into a task by typing “T” or with mouse actions, and all the content transfers to the task notes. Handle also works with your Google Calendar to set deadlines, plan your projects, or add reminders.

By default, Handle shows up next to your Gmail inbox, in the right-side pane. That’s just the to-do list though. The full Handle app shows this list next to the calendar, where you can plan your schedule.

Handle also has an accompanying app for iPhones where you can check the to-do list, and share emails from Gmail to the app. An Android version is coming soon.


Download — Handle for Chrome (Free) [No longer available]

2. Rename Email: Rename the Subject Line

Ideally, an email’s subject line should tell you How To Make Your Email Message Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox Have you ever sent an email you felt was important only to be answered many days later, or worse forgotten about? Granted, sometimes it’s out of your control, but there are things you can do... Read More exactly what it is about. But we all know that this doesn’t happen often. People use generic subjects like “Important” or “Read this”, which doesn’t help anyone. Rename Email lets you correct this so you can identify messages easily in the future.

Open any message you have received and you’ll see a Rename Email button in the toolbar above. Click it to change the subject to something meaningful for you. For example, turning that random “Important” subject line to “Notes for Meeting on Monday at 9”.

Rename Email also works with threaded conversations in Gmail. You can rename the subject line for all messages in a thread, or for select messages. This way, you can leave a long thread as is, but mark the one important mail in it.


The renamed subjects won’t show up in your smartphone Gmail app, and only work on browsers with Rename Email.

DownloadRename Email for Chrome (Free)

3. Simple Gmail Notes: Add Personal Notes to Any Email

When you receive a paper memo or project around the office, you’ll stick a Post-It on the folder with your notes. Can’t do that with digital memos or projects, can you? Well, you can if you install Simple Gmail Notes.

simple gmail notes extension


This extension opens a Notes pane atop every email. Write what you want in that so it serves as a personal notepad for you. Simple Gmail Notes saves this on your Google Drive, so the information isn’t going to some undisclosed server. You can also instantly add an email as a Google Calendar entry.

The notes show up in the inbox view as well, looking like green labels. Of course, it’s not a label, you can see your entire note.

The notes won’t show up in your smartphone Gmail app, and only work on browsers with Simple Gmail Notes. But overall, it’s a much better solution than other ways to add notes to Gmail threads Please Note This Email! Some Super-Useful Tools To Help You Add Notes & Annotate Your Gmail Threads Threaded conversations and smart labels were a start. The former really helped to have end to end conversations, and the later came into it later as an email organizational tool. But what if you want... Read More .

DownloadSimple Gmail Notes for Chrome (Free)


4. SnipHero: Search and Attach GIFs, YouTube, and Other Media Without Leaving Gmail

“Leaving the current window” is a big deal in productivity. On smartphones, Google launched the gBoard keyboard app to search without leaving the window Did Google Make the Best iPhone Keyboard Yet? Meet Gboard Google recently launched a new keyboard for iPhones called Gboard, and it's exclusively available on iOS right now. It's also probably the best mobile keyboard you have ever used. Read More . SnipHero isn’t the ideal desktop alternative, but it’s a step in the right direction.

sniphero chrome extension

When you need to attach media like a YouTube video or a GIF from Giphy, click the SnipHero icon in the Compose window. Choose the source, which currently supports YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, Giphy, and a few others. Search within that source to find what you’re looking for. Everything happens within your Compose window. Essentially, SnipHero is like a widget.

The extension will insert the chosen media into the message’s body, and you’re ready to send it.

DownloadSnipHero for Chrome (Free)

5. Gmail Sender Icons: Better Notifications From Web Services

If you have enabled email notifications for any of the web services you use, you know that it can cause a mess in your inbox. In fact, you can miss an important notification just because it was a needle in the haystack that is your cluttered inbox.

gmail sender icons chrome extension

Gmail Sender Icons uses favicons as an added visual tool. Favicons are the little logos you see in the URL bar when you visit any site. So now, when you get a message from a site like GoDaddy announcing your products are expiring, you’ll see the favicon and the site’s name in the subject line.

This extension may not be necessary if you organize your Gmail inbox well How to Master Gmail Inbox Anxiety So many emails, so little time. Do you feel this way when it comes to managing your Gmail inbox? We show you simple settings and helpful tools to organize and stress-proof your Gmail inbox. Read More or if you use Google’s tabbed priority and social inboxes. But if you have ever missed a notification, you know how handy this can be.

DownloadGmail Sender Icons for Chrome (Free)

6. Templates for Gmail: A Better Version of Canned Responses

Gmail Labs’ has a feature called canned responses to set up template messages 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 for mails you send often. It’s a tremendously helpful feature, but designed shoddily. Templates for Gmail is a refined, polished version of the same.

gmail templates chrome extension

The “Templates” tab sits at the top of your inbox. Click it to see and edit all your existing templates or to set up a new one. Creating a new one is as simple as adding a template name and the body text.

When you want to use a template, open the Compose window or reply to a message. Click the floating “Templates” button to access your ready-made texts, and paste it. Quick and easy.

DownloadTemplates for Chrome (Free)

What’s Your Favorite Gmail Extension?

There are plenty of other awesome Gmail extensions 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 you should be using, like Boomerang to send mails later or Mailtrack to see who has opened your messages. My personal favorite is Sortd to turn Gmail into a Trello board Turn Gmail Into A Trello-Like Task Board With Sortd In the modern workforce, your email often turns into your task list. Well, now you can get Trello-style organisation right in Gmail with a new Chrome extension, Sortd. Read More .

Which Gmail extension can you not live without?

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  1. ReadandShare
    April 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I could use "Rename Email". But I am scared to give it access to my Gmail account (even though I understand it needs that access). Would love to get feedback from actual users...

  2. Kirill Mischenkov
    April 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I'm using Deskun right now. Absolutely loving the free features of email snooze and send later.

  3. Michel Fortin
    April 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I use Gmelius. Love it. Has all of the above and more.

  4. Aamir Raz
    April 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I used Sortd and have found it quite useful -- it helps 'sort' my inbox in a far clever way than traditional 'label' method offered by Gmail.

  5. Michael Glass
    April 2, 2017 at 12:53 am

    My favorite gmail productivity booster isn't a chrime extension, but a different mail portal for gmail. Google Inbox seems to be a little know web app by Google, that organizes your inbox in a much more useful way.

  6. Stanley Idesis
    April 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I'm surprised people don't bring up Gmelius as often as they should. It combines a lot of these features (tasks, notes, templates) into one extension for a reasonable price. It also has all of boomerang's features.

    Love it.