Sep 142009
 
If you work on the web you in all probability own a Gmail account. Also, you may be using Gmail for managing your important communication -official or personal. Many of us own multiple google accounts and we know how irritating it is to log out of one and then log in to other and then switch back. Also you want to take notes at times but don’t get it in Gmail. Moreover you may want to sort mails in a hierarchical folder structure but can’t do this using default Gmail Labels. You can do all this and more.How?? Read on. .
If you are using Firefox as your primary browser (if you are not then I will recommend a switch!!) you can increase your productivity immensely using these five Greasemonkey scripts.Greasemonkey is a Firefox Add-on to use java scripts to enhance the usability of your browser.These scripts allow you to
  • Add Notes to your mails
  • See the attachment type in Inbox without opening mail
  • Switch seamlessly between multiple Google accounts
  • See your Google Calender events and notifications in Gmail
  • Sort your mails in a hierarchical folder like structure
Lets take a close look at these five scripts.
1. Add Notes to your mails
Add an annotation application to your Gmail account and take notes while going through your communication.You need to log in once using your gmail account and from then on as soon as you open a mail a create note link appears in the Notes client which can be used for notes making.
All notes can also be browsed together making it an excellent to-do application as well.
Thanks to Script Author: Johntray
2. See the attachment type in Inbox without opening mail
Its a nice little utility that lets you see what kind of attachment is there in your mail i.e. whether it’s a documnet , pdf image or zip fille. This can save a lot of time on slow connections and help you decide which mails to see first in time of haste.
Thanks to Script Author: DMaster
3. Switch seamlessly between multiple Google accounts
Switching between multiple Google accounts has been a major irritant for me and this script has saved me a lot of hassle.
A nice dropbox appears in your Gmail interface in place of signout button that lets you choose which account to log into.Accounts have to be added once and then you can switch quickly between different accounts.
Thanks to Script Author: Jerett
4. See your Google Calender events and notifications in Gmail
If you are an active Google calendar user and rely on this service to remind you of important dates and events,then this script will help you see all those important events in Gmail itself.
This will help you to communicate effectively and quickly and also to plan your appointments in accordance with the scheduled events.This Calendar opens up in a right pane and shows your current tasks/events.
Thanks to Script Author: Jeff Killingsworth
5. Sort your mails in a hierarchical folder like structure
Again a very handy script.You may want to arrange your mails in an explorer like folder structure to help you organize them better.This script does exactly that for you.Just install it and all that you need to do is add new labels as “Family/Dad” or “Family/Mom”;this will create a folder “Family” folder has two subfolders “Dad” and “Mom” as shown in figure below.
You can SORT and GROUP mails as per your wish and click on the little “+” sign on a folder to view subfolders. Impressive indeed!!
Thanks to Script Author: Arend
Install these scripts and you can make the most of your Google account.If you use other scripts which help you in using Gmail more effectively, please consider sharing it in comments.