Google Mail, or more popularly known as Gmail, is one of the best email services that seem to get better with time. It already comes with an amazing set of features, but there are numerous other tools out there, such as Chrome extensions and Firefox add-ons, that allow you to extend and enhance its functionality.
While a lot of tools seem to do the same task, there are quite a number of unique extensions and add-ons that, once you start using them, it’s hard to live without them.
Today, we’ll take a close look at some of the best and most useful tools currently available for Gmail, and will make your Gmail experience better than ever. Enjoy!
This unique Firefox add-on lets you use LaTeX – a technique for typesetting formulas – right from within Gmail. It’s ideal for those doing any kind of technical work that involves advanced mathematics.
Google Redesigned is an add-on that can completely change the styling of your Gmail account via integrated CSS style sheets. It gives Gmail a completely different feel with a dark grey theme, and also works on Google Calendar and Google Reader.
This extension is one of the best tools available for getting your Gmail and Google apps email account under control. It helps manage your inbox so that you can focus on more important messages, thus reducing workload. There are a lot of awesome features, including email prioritization, deadline tracking, a snooze button for messages, project folders, email notes, previous conversation viewer, one-click shortcuts, and more.
This extension is also available for Firefox.
Minimalist for Everything lets you hide elements within Gmail, and has a huge options page with loads of things to customize. You can also add custom row highlighting, show attachment icons, enable desktop notifications, as well as customize the graphics, colors, and top menu. With this extension, there are a lot of options that you can remove or change just about any element within Gmail. It gives you the ability to make your Gmail as clean as possible.
This amazing add-on lets you personalize your Google search results. You can get search results from Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts, and more on the right side of the Google search results page.
This Firefox add-on is a nice meeting scheduler that’ll help you find meeting times that are convenient for all attendees. You can create and manage meetings from ScheduleOnce right from your inbox. It also helps you track replies from attendees, then automatically displays the best meeting time to accommodate everyone.
Rapportive shows you everything you need to know about your contacts, found in the right side of your inbox. You can connect your Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn accounts to gather more information about your contacts. From there, every time you open a message from someone, you may be able to see things like their photos, latest Tweets, links to social profiles, and more. You can also add your own personal or private notes to their profile for safe-keeping.
The genuine benefit of having this extension is that, every time you click on an email address on any webpage, it will automatically open a Compose Mail window in Gmail – right within your browser. The extension also provides a browser button so that you can open the Compose Mail window quickly simply by clicking on it. If you prefer to have this feature without a button, you can check out the Send using Gmail extension.
Gmail Watcher is an add-on that can alert you of new messages, and the notification can be limited to inbox only, mails with labels only, unread mails only, or newly arrived mails only. You’ll also get a toolbar button with unread email count on it.
This extension lets you snooze email messages for a few hours or days, then get a reminder later about them, or have them re-appear in your inbox as unread. This is quite helpful for remembering important messages that may get pushed down in your inbox when you’re busy. It’s also useful for remembering messages that you need to follow-up with.