Making Gmail even better

I’ve been using Gmail for about two years now. For my needs (read: search and wireless), it’s the best email product out there. Paul K. pointed at Better Gmail, a Firefox extension that makes it even better, solving a few nagging issues.

The extension is really a collection of a number of scripts that improve Gmail. There are 18 options total. My favorites:

  • Attachment icons. In the list view, it shows different icons for files that are attached to messages based on file type.
  • Filter assistant. Filters are the bastard stepchild of email. They’ve been around for decades, can make managing your mail much easier, yet they’re typically so complicated that even power users like me don’t bother creating them. Filter assistant makes it a piece of cake.
  • Label colors. Puts bright, bold chicklets in place of Gmail’s labels. I use this in conjunction with filters to identify different types of mail in my Inbox. I can easily scan the list and figure out what needs attention.
  • One click conversations. Adds in an icon next to the names of people who send you mail. Clicking on the icon brings up all recent conversations with that person.
  • Secure. This forces Gmail into secure mode. I highly recommend this if you frequently use Wifi. I recommend it even if you don’t.

These are must-have features that really should be part of Gmail itself.

Gmail addons

Attachment reminder, date search and signature float are also nice add-ons, especially if you use your Gmail account for business purposes.

About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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1 Response to Making Gmail even better

  1. Klaus says:

    Looks like a very interesting tool.

    Thanks for writing about it 🙂

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