Remove Promos in Google Homepage, Get Multiple Inboxes in Gmail
Article by George Norman
On 06 Feb 2009
The classic Google homepage (not iGoogle and its custom theme creation tool) used to be a thing of beauty in its simplicity – just a white page displaying a minimal amount of words (just 28). After Google has updated its favicon it is now displaying some rather annoying promo messages in the Google homepage: Google Sites and Doodle 4 Google .

If you are a Firefox user (and according to a recent market share study chances are you are indeed using the Mozilla developed browser), there is a simple way of getting rid of those promo messages: change your user style sheet. Mozilla has been kind enough to provide a detailed guide on your Profile; all you have to do is add the following to userContent.css:


body[onload="sf();if(document.images){new Image().src='/images/nav_logo4.png'}"] font[size="-1"] { display: none; }

Once this task is complete you must restart Firefox (all open instances). The next time the browser fires up, you will no longer see the Doodle 4 Google message, which is not exactly useful for those of us that do not have any kids yet, or any other future promo.

Moving on to Google’s mail client, it must be said that Gmail got a new Labs feature entitled Multiple Inboxes. Software Engineer, Octavian Costache explains: “I'm seriously into filters and labels. All the email I get related to Flash goes under my "flash" label, everything about paragliding goes under "flying," and they all skip my inbox because that's how I like to stay organized. But when new email arrives I have to switch to the "flash" label first, then click on "paragliding," etc. I wanted a way to see it all at once. So when I heard about Gmail Labs, I started implementing a Labs feature in my 20% time that would help me (and you!) spend less time monitoring important messages that may end up getting filtered away. Starting today, you can try Multiple Inboxes, a Labs experiment which makes it possible to have more than one 'inbox' in your default Gmail view.”

To turn the new feature on just access your Gmail account -> Settings -> Labs -> Multiple Inboxes -> Enable -> Save Changes.

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