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Greasemonkey and Gmail

Friday, June 8th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Uncategorized
 
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Greasemonkey and Gmail

You’ve all heard of Gmail, right? Many of you probably even use it! Gmail is very popular, due to its large storage space, its simple interface and its ability to be easily customized. Using the Greasemonkey add on we talked about yesterday, I’m going to show you how to unlock a lot of cool features in Gmail.

First, you need to get the Greasemonkey add on and know how to install scripts. As I said before, we talked about that yesterday, so you should be all set if you’ve been reading the newsletter everyday. When you’re ready, I’m going to show you nine super cool and amazing Greasemonkey scripts for Gmail. Come check them out!

1.) Saved Searches – You may find yourself constantly searching for the same things in Gmail, so this add on allows you to list those searches for easier access later on. It goes right over on the left of your screen, along with the labels and contacts. You can install the script for this here.



2.) Conversation Preview Bubbles – This script lets you preview a Gmail conversation by just hovering over it. That way, you can get an overview of the e-mail quickly and easily. In the preview bubble, there are also text links that let you trash and archive your e-mails. How great is that?! This feature has been included in Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail for awhile and now, you can have it in Gmail too! Install the script for this here.



3.) Label Colors – This script allows you to color code your e-mail labels to make them easier for you to identify in your Inbox. Just install the script and then rename the label in the following manner: “Labelname #color. For example, if the name of the label was “Newsletter,” I’d rename the label to “Newsletter #green” and the label would change to green. Just change the green to whatever color you want! Install it here.

4.) Google Reader Integration – If you use Google Reader to view your RSS feeds, you may find it to be a hassle to go to that specific Web site each time. Well, with this script, you can have your feeds right on Gmail’s Web site. It’s much easier that way. The Reader comes right below Gmail. Check it out! You can install the script for it right here, right now.



5.) Mailto Script – When people post their e-mail on a page and you click on the link, doesn’t Outlook or Outlook Express open up? Wouldn’t you like it to open in Gmail? Using this script, all e-mail links will! Install the script and try it with this link: mailto:bill@microsoft.com. Install the script here.

6.) Gmail Random Signature – This one is one of my favorites! Install the script and then log in to Gmail and click Settings. Scroll down to where it says Signatures. You will see a new box there that says Taglines. In the box, there will be three dummy taglines, each separated by percent signs. Replace those with your signatures and continue adding more. To add more, type the signature and then hit Enter to go to a new line, type a percent sign (%) and click Enter once again. Next, type in the next random signature. Continue in this manner, while inserting a percent sign after each signature. For example, here’s what I typed in the box.

Do good, happiness follows.
%
You must be the change you wish to see.
%
I can resist everything except temptation.
%
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one.
%
You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.

This tagline will go below your Gmail signature. Pretty cool, huh?! You can install this script here.



7.) Attachment Reminder – Have you ever said you were going to attach something in an e-mail and then you forgot to? Everyone has! This nifty script reminds you if you write “attach” in an e-mail and don’t attach a file. This can be a real lifesaver. You can install this script from this link.



8.) Gmail Macros – This is the all time best Gmail script! It makes the Gmail shortcuts much easier. Not only does it add shortcuts for things that Gmail doesn’t include, like moving e-mails to the trash and marking a conversation as read, but it also has a quick label chooser. Just click the label hotkey and start typing the label name and the label will be applied. To view all of the shortcuts after you have this script installed, just press the letter “h.” You can install this script right from here.



9.) Secure Connection – This Greasemonkey script allows you log in to the secure version of Gmail’s Web site. Install it and then check the address bar the next time you log in. It will say https://, instead of just http://. For more information on secure sites, check out this article. Then install the script here.



10.) Gmail TinyURL Shortcut – If you’ve ever pasted a long URL into Gmail, it sometimes runs right off the screen. Instead of opening a new window to convert it into a TinyURL, this Greasemonkey script lets you highlight the URL, hit Ctrl + Shift + T and it is automatically converted into a TinyURL. Amazing, huh?! To read more about services like TinyURL, click here. You can then install this script here.

Bonus Script!

11.) Filter Assistant – Filter Assistant lets you create a filter on the fly, using the criteria straight from a message. I’ve already used this extension a couple of times and let me tell you, it’s so helpful in creating new filters. I bet you can already see how this one could come in handy, right? Install this script here.



I hope you have enjoyed all of these Gmail scripts. Have fun!

~ Neil Patel

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