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Gmail Skins - customize Gmail

review by BillWebb, Mar 2006


As you can see from the screen shot, there's a new Firefox extension out called Gmail Skins. There were some previous efforts that involved modifying the Chrome files in Mozilla and Firefox, but this one is a simple extension install like any other.




Gmail Skins allows you to change colors, according to a rather limited palette, and do some other stuff. This is sort of spotty, because the edition I have doesn't show you the correct color in the sample window and it's sort of fun to see what you actually get. Just a bug, probably fixed by now. Frankly, I'm OK with the native blue, although at the moment I'm using a pleasant pale olive...but wait, there's more!


If you order NOW, they'll send you, not a set of Ginsu knives, but the ability to move the sidebar stuff from the left side of the screen to the top. Even better, once there it can be set to remain onscreen while you scroll, making it easy - finally - to find the buttons you need without scrolling back to the top again. A worthwhile tweak, with colors a nice little bonus.


And, in Google's inimitable style of giving you little gifts and then letting you discover them for yourself, I note that we now have the ability to add HTML, tables, photo URLs and smilies to our Gmail as well. Wheeee!


Bill also says:

I know there will be folks who say Firefox sux, Gmail is goopy, blah blah. Hey. You either get it, or you don’t. read the rest at DigitalZen


Install Gmail Skins (requires FireFox browser)


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