[Tech] Get Minimalist with Google

Minimalist for Gmail (the blue theme is one of Google's own and doesn't require an extension)

Minimalist for Gmail (the blue theme is one of Google's own and doesn't require an extension)

I’m an avid Google user. I adore GMail and my girlfriend and I run our lives by Google Calendar. I love the power-user features, and the seamless sync with my iPhone and her Android. Most of all I love the fact Google offer so many great, integrated services for free. I’m not massively enamoured though, with the look of their web apps. Fortunately though, Google’s own browser, Chrome, can come to the rescue.

I’ve already talked about Pure Reeder, a Chrome extension that dramatically reworks Google Reader. Sadly there’s no version of that brilliant extension for Google’s mail and calendar apps, but there are a couple of extensions that can help.

Minimalist for Google Calendar's settings screen

Minimalist for Google Calendar's settings screen

Minimalist for Gmail and the newly released Minimalist for Google Calendar give you the power to totally customise your GMail and GCal UIs. Strip away any elements you don’t use (like Buzz), change the colours and even add some fancy animated transitions if you like. The extensions are free and install from the Chome web store. They then present you with an icon in the browser search bar each time you’re on GMail of GCal pages, giving you a whole host of options to tweak the site to your liking. So what are you waiting for? Go on, give it a try.

Minimalist for Google Calendar in action

Minimalist for Google Calendar in action

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