Greasemonkey scripts for GMail

Greasemonkey is an extension for Firefox. Some folk say its the most useful of all Firefox extensions. While that is an exaggeration, it is partly true. I consider Greasemonkey as one of the more useful extensions. And it is among my limited collection of extensions on Firefox.

Greasemonkey allows you to write/upload scripts – simple JavaScript files – to change the way that we see websites, add special functionalities, tweak and tune stuff etc. There is a myriad universe of scripts – go catch ‘em all at UserScripts.org The possibilities are truly amazing – from tweaking the GMail interface to auto-fill comments, and from Google Reader search boxes to Search focus, there are so many scripts available, that almost no one will return empty-handed. And yes, there are scripts even for blogging, like Blogger hacks.

So here’s my roundup of the Greasemonkey scripts that I have liked:

  1. AirSkin: A not-so pretty(but definitely prettier than the original) skin for GMail. Recommended for those sick of the default skin(myself included). Also see alternate version.
  2. Facebook Alert: This handy script brings Facebook alerts right inside GMail. Too bad there isn’t any such script for Orkut, my favourite 
  3. Force https: Logging into mail accounts in insecure networks can render you vulnerable to hacking. This script forces login through https everytime you login to Google’s services.
  4. Folders4Gmail: GMail’s label system is cool. It allows you to place each conversation under multiple categories. However, it may not be liked by everyone. If you are one of those who craved for the good old system of folders, this script will help satisfy you.
  5. Remove ads: GMail has the least obtrusive ads. No flashy image banners on top, like Yahoo. However, as humans, we all want to reach the next step. So, what is the next step in removing ads? Remove the ads on right-hand-side. This script helps you do that, thereby maximizing the reading pane.
  6. Gmail Beautifier: “Beta” is used for services that are new, and not yet free of bugs. However, it is a tad surprising that GMail still sports a beta tag. This script includes several mods like removing ads, hiding the “Beta” tag in GMail logo etc.
  7. GMail Emoticons: Add vivid smileys to your posts to make your conversations more colourful.
  8. Auto-login: Allows you to login to GMail directly, provided that your username and password is remembered by Firefox.
  9. Delete Button: Adds a much sought-after Delete button to GMail. No longer needed, as this functionality is now part of GMail.
  10. Rewrite mailto: Every time you click on a mailto link, GMail opens with an address like this – mailto:[email protected]. This script rewrites the link to [email protected]
  11. Mark as read button: Have you ever wished to have a Marked As Read button, as in Google Reader? This is the fix. No longer needed, as this functionality is now part of GMail.

These are my favourites. Which do you use? Which of the above-said did you like the most? Do you have any adds? Do let me know through comments.

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