When Gmail first came out I was extremely impressed with the interface, but the lack of updating kinda left me wanting more. Then Google rolled out the Gmail Labs back in 2008, which drew me back to the web-based mail client because there were some pretty cool features and capabilities getting added that couldn’t be found in a desktop app.
There are a lot of different things that Gmail Labs is capable of offering, but it’s still not perfect. For example, since I’m a minimalist at heart there are some objects I wouldn’t mind removing such as the invite box in the left column. Good news though… there’s a Chrome extension that helps me fulfill that need. As you can see in the screenshot above there is an abundant number of settings you can configure in Minimalist Gmail, and with this extension you truly make Gmail your own.
What makes this extension unique is that it’s not a set-in-stone style that someone else made to fit their own needs. Instead you choose from nearly 100 interface objects that you can customize the appearance of, move around on the page, and enable/disable them. The best part is that you can still use one of the official Gmail themes you already love with this Chrome extension.
Want to see what options are supported before you install the extension? The developer has actually set up a page that lets you fully navigate the settings before you click the install button.