Bring Back Gmail Mouse Gestures With Chrome Extension

Gmail Mouse Gestures

Back in 2011, Gmail had a labs experiment called “Mouse Gestures” that let you navigate your inbox ¬†using the right click of your mouse. Dragging to the right/left would open the next/previous email and dragging the mouse up would open up the inbox. The experimental feature was one of my favorites so when it was discontinued in May 2012, I was a little saddened to the say the least.

A petition was launched soon after calling for its reinstatement, but who are we kidding, it’s Google after all. They shut down Google Reader in spite of its loyal following – what chance does a little lab experiment stand?

So I was quite elated when I came across a Google Chrome extension that accomplishes the same task, unofficially. Simply named Gmail Mouse Gestures, the extension does the job just as advertised. There are a few limitations to its functioning however. It hasn’t yet been updated to work with the latest tabbed-and-segregated Gmail interface so if you’re browsing emails in the Promotions tab and drag up to go to the list of emails, the extension takes you to the list of emails in the Primary tab. Left and right browsing works alright in all the tabs, thankfully.

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Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)

  • Since I knew I had to use it and see its utility. But if it is a new improvement would more than satisfied.

  • This is really interesting, Gmail is one of the indispensable means in the current period. It’s like an indispensable tool, used in all fields of economics, education to politics.

  • I am really impressed with this new change. It really is very special and has overcome a number of software errors when I use it.

  • ritika

    very good about new change for gmail help technical support

  • Y8u

    i still life chrome extension for gmail

  • buffon2012

    Since I knew I had to use it and see its utility. But if it is a new improvement would more than satisfied.

  • jim

    good and useful update

  • Marjorey

    Gmail is good it present a great deal of issue and you’ll accessibility a lot of application together with only one accounts.

  • Might be useful for some ppl but I think mouse gestures aren’t that popular.