Some Tools to make your Gmail experience better


1. Give your Gmail a new look!

GmailSkinz - firefox addon with lots of cool features.

  • Change the colour of your inbox - Choose colours from green to dark green!
  • Make the navigation (Inbox, Starred, Sent Mail, etc) horizontal
  • Fix the navigation in place so that you don't have to scroll to the top of the page to see it
  • Zebra stripes on mailbox - pretty!
  • Hide various page elements (invite panel, page footer, your email address from the top right of inbox - may be useful for public computers)

  • View weather, google calendar and news headlines along side your emails.

    Insert images from your Picasa web album in to your emails

    Insert smileys, images, tables and html in to your emails

    Change the attachment paperclip to an icon indicating the type of attachment

    Complete integration with Gmail

    Firefox extension can be downloaded below:
    Here (via addons.mozilla.org (via disclaimer))

    2. Remove unwanted Ads and Spams

    CustomizeGoogle - firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).


  • Use Google Suggest (suggest words while you're typing)
  • Add links to competitors
  • Rewrite links to point straight to the images in Google Images
  • Removes image copying restrictions in Google Book Search
  • Secure Gmail and Google Calendar, switch to https
  • Block Google Analytics cookies
  • Hide the Gmail spam counter
  • Make URL previews on sponsored links visible NEW!
  • Add favicons in the web search result NEW!
  • Remove ads
  • Anonymize your Google userid
  • Add a result counter in search result
  • Filter spammy websites from search results
  • Add links to WayBack Machine (webpage history)
  • Remove click tracking
  • Add links from Google to your bookmark manager
  • Use a fixed font for Gmail mail bodies
  • Stream Google search result pages NEW!
  • Sticky Google Preferences NEW!

  • Firefox extension can be downloaded below:
    Here (via addons.mozilla.org (via disclaimer))

    3. Import Hotmail Contacts in Gmail

    I'm going to show you a way of importing your Hotmail contacts to GMail.

    Get the information you need out of Hotmail

    1. Select Contacts from the Hotmail navigation bar.
    2. Click On Print View.
    3. Highlight the entire contents of the table (including the heading names e.g. Name, E-Mail and Phone as well as all your contacts).
    4. Press Ctrl+C to copy the table.
    5. Create a new spreadsheet document in Excel.
    6. Select Edit and then Paste from the main menu.
    7. Sort the data by the E-Mail column.
    8. For any rows with a blank E-Mail column copy any e-mail address from the Name column to the E-Mail column.
    9. Read this guide from Google on the format of CSV contact files and make any adjustments as may be necaserry.
    10. Select File and then Save As... from the menu.
    11. Make sure you select a format involving "CSV" for saving the file. (GMail can import csv files)

    You should now have a csv file containing all your Hotmail contacts ready for importing into GMail.

    Importing Your Hotmail Contacts Into GMail

    1. Select Contacts from the GMail left hand menu.
    2. Select Import from the 3 options at the top right of your list of contacts.
    3. Click Browse to locate your csv file containing your Hotmail contacts.
    4. Click Import.

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