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Become the Gmail Whisperer With These 12 Plugins

This week, we’re covering Part 2 of our Gmail Series. Building on the hacks we shared in our previous post, we’re sharing our tried and tested extensions that can enhance your use of one of the most powerful platforms in the world.

Boomerang For Email: This extension allows you to schedule your emails to be sent out at a later time, which can be useful if your team spans different time zones.

Rapportive: One of the most popular extensions out there, Rapportive provides you with basic information about your sender based on their social profiles, such as job position, location, and Tweets.

Send From Gmail: Open all mailto: links in Gmail as opposed to the default email client set by your browser.

Snooze Your Email: Promised to follow up in a reply email but never did? Don’t let it happen again, as this extension allows you to pause your message from 5 minutes to days, after which it will send you a reminder to reply to the email.

Cloudy For Gmail: Easily attach images or files from your Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and even your social media accounts.

Just Not Sorry: This is the most useful extension for correcting your careless writing mistakes. It’ll underline commonly overused words and phrases such as “just” or “I think”, so you can you can sound like the professional you are.

WiseStamp: Creating a presentable email signature can be a challenge. If your job calls for a snazzy signature, this extension is perfect for creating one that stands out. You can also add a photo or social icons as well.

Gmail Offline: If you’re a frequent traveller who’s constantly in search of Wifi, this extension is a lifesaver. It allows you to respond to your email while you’re offline, which will then be sent out when you have internet access again.

Insert Text: Similar to Gmail’s built-in Canned Responses, this extension allows you to insert pre-written text at any point within an email, and provides more tools for you to organise these responses.

mxHero Toolbox: If James Bond had to send emails, he’d probably download this extension. Track when and who opens your emails, and even send self-destructing emails.

PixelBlock: Are you sick of being monitored by extensions like the on above? You can protect yourself with Pixelblock’s little red eye, which appears whenever someone tries to track your reading activities.

SecureGmail: If you often deal with sensitive material in your emails, then this extension’s encryption / decryption tools is a must. You can also set your email to be password-restricted if the receiver also has the extension loaded on their browser.

KeyRocket: In our last blogpost, we talked about a number of keyboard shortcuts you can use to perform tasks like composing a new email. This extension provides you with pop-up reminders about these shortcuts, so you can slowly build them into your workday to save time.

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