Encrypt your emails, learn keyboard shortcuts more easily, preview all attachments, and more, with these cool Chrome extensions

While Gmail is pleasant to use in any browser, it is particularly pleasant in Google Chrome because of the bevy of extensions that broaden and enhance its capabilities. We’re going to cover some extensions that supplement Gmail and make it function even better.

These extensions will protect you, save you time, make your life easier, and turn you into a Gmail maestro. Install them all now and learn about them later. Trust me, you’re going to like them!

There are several other Chrome extensions for Gmail. Keep checking back to see what they come up with next. Google Labs is always working on something, and Chrome and Gmail are two of their biggest products. There’s sure to be even more innovations in the future.

Actions for Gmail

Actions for Gmail

Gmail’s interactive interface forces you to click or open an email before you can do anything with it. That might not seem too bad, but if you have to do it repeatedly it can add up to a lot of time that could be used in a more productive way.

Actions for Gmail adds a max of 4 action buttons beside each message on your Gmail interface.

This neat extension gives you the option of adding a max of 4 buttons – archive, delete, mark as spam, or mark as read/unread – beside each email in your Gmail inbox, which lets you take care of it with just a single click. The end result is a faster path to taking care of your mail.

This extension saves you hassle, clicks, and confusion. Install it right now.

Attachment Icons for Gmail

Attachment Icons for Gmail

We all know the little paperclip icon right next to the email message. It tells you that there’s an attachment, but it won’t let you know what type of attachment. So, you’ve got to go to the trouble of opening every single email just so you can see what the attachment is, but you might not want to take a look at the file right at that particular moment.

Attachments for Gmail turns the paperclip into different icons corresponding to various file types.

Attachment Icons for Gmail turns the paperclip into an icon corresponding to a specific file type so you can know quickly what the attachment is. You can quickly identify attachments as you comb through Gmail and open just the emails you wish to download right then and there. Some of the file formats that it supports include ZIP, JPG, PDF, and MS Word, among several others.

No one has time to dig into each email and look at what the attachment is. For people who get a lot of attachments it’s just intolerable. If you work in multimedia or advertising, or some other field where you’re sent a lot of attachments, this extension is a lifesaver.

Checker Plus for Gmail

Checker Plus for Gmail

This widely used extension helps you handle emails without ever going into Gmail. It sits in your browser as a tiny button with an indicator for unread messages. Just click it for a little window that lets you get a peep at each new message, including the image of the sender and the message’s first line. You can then open, mark as read, or trash the message right there in the interface. It saves you a lot of hassle and trouble. If you hate going into Gmail, then this is the extension for you.

Checker Plus lets you take care of emails without ever going into Gmail.

If you’re too busy browsing the web to look at the counter going up, Checker Plus also has desktop notifications that include pop-ups, sound alerts, or voice notifications.

Secure Mail for Gmail

Secure Mail for Gmail

Privacy is a very precious commodity, and it is in short supply in today’s surveillance society. With all the companies tracking you on the web and your own government collecting data in bulk, people are more interested than ever in an extension that can encrypt their email.

If you often send very important material over Gmail, you’ve got to get this extension. It encrypts and decrypts the message so that the person you’re sending it to is the only one that sees the message text. Just click on the lock icon Secure Mail puts there right beside Gmail’s compose button and then type out it out and think up a password for it. To decrypt the message, the person receiving the message will have to get the Secure Mail extension, as well as the password.

Secure Mail makes sure only the intended recipient can decrypt the contents of the email message.

Basically, it is an extension to send secure, encrypted messages via Gmail. You don’t want others snooping on your email if it’s particularly sensitive data. This ensures that others won’t be peeping in on your important email messages.

It all happens right on your computer, and the unencrypted text will never be sent to Google. This is helpful if you don’t want anyone but the intended target to ever read any of your email (e.g., companies, governments, etc.).

KeyRocket for Gmail

KeyRocket for Gmail

Gmail has a lot of keyboard shortcuts for enhancing your productivity. However, keeping up with them all is hard and trying to remember them is just going to slow you down.

KeyRocket for Gmail helps you learn keyboard shortcuts by keeping track of your keyboard moves and giving keystroke combo suggestions for every mouse action. If you use it enough, you’ll be a keystroke master pretty fast!

KeyRocket for Gmail is the simplest, fastest way to learn keyboard shortcuts for Gmail. Essentially, it lets you know when you should have used a keyboard shortcut instead.

Gmail has a number of keyboard shortcuts, and it’s just hard to keep up with them all. KeyRocket helps you learn them as you go.

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