Gmail is one of the most popular emails services today. If you are a Gmail user, you should have a pretty good idea that it already comes with tons of lab features to improve the productivity of its users. However, it still lacks few features that many users prefer.
If you are a Google Chrome user, you’ve likely come across a number of extensions in Chrome Web Store to add extra features to Gmail. Today, we have gathered a list of some of the best Chrome extensions that can improve your Gmail experience.
Let’s take a look.
Mail Checker Plus for Gmail is a very useful extension that displays unread Gmail emails in your Chrome toolbar. You can preview emails, mark them as spam, delete them or archive them without opening Gmail. When you receive any email, it even displays the email message as a popup along with a number of unread mails in Chrome extension area.
The extension also offers users wide range of settings to change notifications, customize extension icons when you receive new emails (choose from over 10 different icon sets to display your read/unread messages), add multiple Google and Google Apps accounts, and change your display language as well. Currently, the extension supports almost 60 different languages.
Using shortcuts to perform different tasks can boost the productivity of any user. With KeyRocket for Gmail, users can easily learn shortcuts to perform different tasks in Gmail right inside Google Chrome. Once installed, the extension will automatically open Gmail settings if you are logged in and will ask you to enable keyboard shortcuts from Gmail settings.
When you perform any task using your mouse, the extension will display a shortcut key to perform that specific task. Majority of Gmail users set the keyboard shortcuts to off as it becomes difficult to remember all the shortcuts. But thanks to KeyRocket, it becomes easy to find out all the keyboard shortcuts for the tasks that you do often like composing/sending emails, deleting email, and more.
Boomerang for Gmail allows users to schedule emails to be sent at a later time. Once installed, the extension adds new features to Gmail Compose window from where you can specify the exact date and time when you want to send the email. At that specific time, the extension will automatically send that email to the recipient even if you are offline.
Other features of Boomerang include sending recurring mails so that you don’t have to write the same email every time. You can even add notes to Boomerang emails, schedule email messages using your mobile or tablet on the go and track responses to any email you send or receive and get a reminder if you don’t get a reply or even if you get a reply and want the extension to remind you about that email. To get complete features of Boomerang, like sending recurring emails, adding notes and scheduling emails using your mobile, you have to sign up for a Boomerang Pro account that costs $14.99 per month.
Adding your personal information as well as links to your social network profiles in your email footer can be a good idea if you are promoting your business or brand. With WiseStamp, users can add customized signatures with links to their social media accounts and email apps. You cannot only add social media icons but you can even link to your latest blog posts, latest tweets, Facebook fan page, Google+ profile, IM icons, LinkedIn profile, random quotes, and much more.
Once installed, you will be asked to create an account on WiseStamp. After registration, all you have to do is select the type of signature (Personal or Business), add social media/IM/email icons and you are done. Now, refresh Gmail and go to the Compose view, you will notice a new WiseStamp icon in the popup window. All you have to do is select your signature and you are good to go.
The extension also offers paid plans starting from 36$ per year with more exclusive features such as multiple signatures, premium templates, company branding and much more.
Rapportive is one of my favorite extensions from this list. What this nifty extension does is display complete information about your contacts right inside Gmail. Just open any email and it will show you complete information about the sender including his Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin account. It even shows users the recent emails they received from the specific recipient as well as latest tweets. Clicking on any tweet or other social network icons will open the specific network in a new tab.
If you want, you can connect Rapportive with your Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin account and add the person to your contacts list without opening the specific social network.
There you go folks. The list contains some of the best Gmail extensions available in Chrome Web Store that can improve your Gmail browsing experience. If you’ve used any other extensions to make Gmail better in Chrome, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!