Gmail is strong and even used by tens of millions of people around the world. Is he perfect for all that? No, sure, but that's not much of a problem as there are hundreds of clever and extremely well-thought-out extensions on the market. Extensions that will allow you to enrich and personalize it at your convenience.
I reassure you right away, this article will not list them all and it will therefore focus on the most useful extensions that can be found on Chrome . I might do the same for Firefox a bit later, but not right away.
Here are the 7 extensions that you must activate urgently on your browser. Finally from my point of view, as subjective and perfectible as it is.
1. Checker Plus for Gmail
This tool puts the package on notifications. After installing it on your browser, a new icon will appear in its toolbar.
It will bring up the number of unread messages and it will also allow you to display the contents of your inbox if you click on it. No need to change tabs to see the emails that have just fallen, therefore.
And the best thing in history is that the extension even includes a system of cards enriched with sound notifications as a bonus. Rest assured, however, because you will also have the possibility of suspending its activity by activating the “Do Not Disturb” mode.
Wonderful, especially since you can customize the way the tool works and even change icons on the fly.
Download Checker Plus for Gmail
2. Enhancements for Gmail
This extension focuses on the service interface. Thanks to it, you will be able to deactivate certain elements on the fly.
After installing it on your browser, it will take you to a configuration page made up of ten options placed one after the other.
If you want to activate a function, you will only have to check the corresponding box and the tool will take care of the rest. Thanks to it, you will for example be able to make the “cat” and even the footer disappear. Better still, it will also allow you to display special icons for the attachments of your messages.
Icons that will vary depending on the format of the files associated with your emails.
Download Enhancements for Gmail
3. Todoist for Gmail
Are to-do lists your thing? Great, then this plugin is literally made for you and it doesn't even say it because it will allow you to integrate a full manager into the service.
This manager is Todoist and it is possible that this name is not totally unknown to you because it is also present on the web and on the main mobile platforms of the market.
It's extremely comprehensive, of course, and while it'll let you create tasks on the fly, it'll let you group them into thematic sets as well. Better, you can even create reminders and alarms by clicking on the corresponding buttons.
It really is a well thought out tool and it will automatically sync with all clients. Suddenly, you can find your tasks from any terminal.
If you prefer Wunderlist, then know that the publisher of the solution also offers an extension for Gmail. It is available here .
Download Todoist for Gmail
4. Boomerang for Gmail
What is missing most in Gmail is a system for scheduling the sending of messages.
I am obviously not the only one to think so because a team of enthusiasts had the idea of creating an extension entirely dedicated to the thing. With Boomerang, you will therefore be able to write your emails and plan them for later.
Nice, no? Certainly, and it is not over because this extension will also allow you to temporarily remove messages from your inbox to retrieve them at the time of your choice. A bit like what Mailbox offers, in short.
This is an important point to note but to function, Boomerang relies on its own servers. However, the company has a solid reputation and more than 217,000 companies trust it. The signals are rather encouraging.
Download Boomerang for Gmail
5. Giphy for Gmail
I don't know if you know this proverb, but it seems that a picture is better than a thousand speeches.
Based on this observation, some happy kids have decided to integrate all the animated GIFs offered by Giphy to Gmail. They then made an extension so that everyone can have fun. And you know what ? It works really well.
After installing the tool on your browser, you will find a new button in the compose new message window. If you click on it, then you will bring up a small window which will allow you to navigate within the images indexed by the platform.
Having trouble finding what you are looking for? No problem, you can also explore the different thematic sections of the service or even launch a search by tapping on the corresponding buttons. Then, all you have to do is click on the thumbnail of your choice to insert the image into your email.
Avoid with your boss. Well, unless he's cool.
Download Giphy for Gmail
Gmail is perfectly capable of handling automatic replies and has even offered this feature for many years.
They can be very practical in some cases but they are not always very easy to manage. Fortunately, there are extensions that go a little further and this is particularly the case of Gorgias.
Once installed, the extension will place a new button in the reply field of your messages. You just have to click on it to list the recorded automatic responses and you can create new ones by clicking on the corresponding button.
It's not bad, but it's not over because you can also define a typographical shortcut for each answer. When this is done, all you have to do is enter the associated character string and press the TAB key to insert the associated template .
This name might ring a bell and it makes sense as this expansion is very popular in the industry.
To put it simply, it will get information on the people who send you emails and it will appear next to the messages. Thanks to this system, you will learn quite a lot about your contacts and you will even find links to contact them on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
It's not bad, of course, but there is still a slight downside. Rapportive doesn't always work well and sometimes has trouble getting information back.
Finally, note that Gmail also includes some very practical experimental functions. A selection awaits you in this article , moreover. In the meantime, if you know of other extensions that you can not do without, then do not hesitate to come forward.