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Friday, April 28, 2006

Another bookmarklet

Well, I have to admit: I use GMail on my MythTV box. I've tried out a lot of email tools, and it works the best with my MythTV. Everywhere else I use Yahoo! Mail Beta.

One of the biggest complaints I have about GMail is how little real estate you have for reading mail. (Come on, that's what your supposed to be able to do right?!?!) So I created a bookmarklet that toggles maximizing the reading area.

Here it is --> Maximize GMail

  1. Drag this link to your bookmark toolbar then go view a message in gmail.

  2. Click the bookmark once to hide the left and right columns, again to unhide them.

  3. If you think it sucks, just delete the bookmark and post a comment here on my blog. If you like it, keep it to yourself. (Wait a minute, I got that last part backwards. But, that will probably lead to more comments!)

This does not work with Internet Explorer. I hate Internet Explorer. If it did work by coincedence, I would through something in to sabotage Internet Explorer. I don't want panhandlers spending my money on liquor. I don't want people spending my code on Internet Explorer.

It's harsh, but it's my right. See: Kill Bill's Browser dot com

I set a "keyword" of m for this, so I can use "ctrl+l m enter" to call it quickly.

Although it does hide the ads, this is not the purpose of it. (I don't believe in hiding ads unless they are animated and annoying, or feature scantily dressed women. I do, after all, get paid by ad revenue from Yahoo!) The purpose is to make it easier to read email from a "10Ft. UI"



  1. Pretty Cool, but the caret is possitioned over the field to the right of the stars in firefox.

  2. In Internet Explorer, added to the Favorites, this does nothing... And if you are trying this from IE, you really should
    re-read the point of this addon ;)

  3. Doesn't work in IE... Yeah, I am completely hostile toward IE. I don't own any computers that have IE. I don't write code with any concerns of how IE will handle it. I expect anyone with the intelligence to find my blog or to read the MythTV-user mailing list to NOT be using IE for anything.

    My employer forces me to deal with IE during the day. I rebel against this when I am doing work for myself.

  4. I have no idea what this means. I'm looking at the effect of the bookmarklet in firefox. It's the only browser I've ever tried to use it in. I don't know what Caret you are talking about, or what field you are talking about.

    I really wish you would have given an email address. I don't post it, but it allows me to respond and ask follow up questions.

  5. Follow up:

    I only use this bookmarklet for reading email messages. It accured to me that you my be trying it on other pages of GMail. I tried it, and yes, it does get a little screwy on the message list pages.

    I'll look into it.