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Tutorial Thursday




Back in July (my how the time flies) we demonstrated a way that would keep your Spam folder clear in Gmail. Every time Google labeled an email as “Spam” it would be sent straight to your trash. That is a good solution for some people but sometimes it is nice to go flip through the messages before you dump them to make sure you haven’t missed the $1,000,000 you’ve inherited from your second cousin’s aunt’s nephew-in-law who lives in Norway. Yes, you know those emails. :)

Gmail Spam Filter  

Firefox users can optionally hide the Spam count by installing the CustomizeGoogle extension but there isn’t anything else that I really use in that extension so it isn’t worth me installing it. This fix can easily be applied to both Opera and Firefox though without installing a single thing.

Firefox users:

  1. Locate and open the userContent.css in your Firefox profile directory. The file is in the  Chrome folder inside your profile. If the file does not exist you will have to make it (see here for more details). Another alternative would be to download and use the Stylish Firefox extension which makes it easy to add custom CSS for websites.
  2. Copy the following text and paste it into the userContent.css file:
    @-moz-document url-prefix(http://mail.google.com),url-prefix(https://mail.google.com)
    {#ds_spam b {visibility: hidden;}
    #ds_spam b::before {content: "Spam"font-weight: normal;visibility: visible;}}
  3. Save that file and pull up Gmail in Firefox…the Spam counter is all gone!

Opera users:

  1. Right-click and save this file to your computer.
  2. Press F12 and choose “Edit site preferences” from the context menu.
  3. Select the Display tab and in the “My style sheet” section choose the file that you just saved.
  4. Press OK to save your changes and reload Gmail to see that your Spam counter is all gone!

That is one thing I have always loved about Opera and that is how you can easily add custom stylesheets for websites without having to install anything. There is so much that you can do with creating your own stylesheets to make your web browsing experience a lot better. Hopefully this will just tip the iceberg for you and maybe you’ll start to think up some of your own stylesheets that you can create or maybe you’ll find some nifty ones at userstyles.org.