Use Gmail Minimalist to Simplify Gmail

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4-Step Computer Security Upgrade

Learn to encrypt your files, secure your computer when using public Wi-Fi, enable two-factor authentication, and use good passwords.

Gmail is my choice for solo and small firm attorneys. It is cheap, easy to use, and Google makes frequent improvements.

The one major issue—backups to prevent data loss—can be easily addressed by using a desktop e-mail application.

A more minor issue is Gmail’s increasingly crowded interface. If you find yourself distracted by the clutter, try Gmail Minimalist.

Gmail Minimalist will clean up the interface

Minimalist is a free extension that lets you customize every aspect of your Gmail interface. If you do not want to see the Gmail logo—remove it. Don’t like having a Google search bar at the top of your screen? Make it go away.

What if you don’t know the names of all the elements you want to remove? Minimalist makes it easy by showing a pop up picture of every customizable element. And I mean every element. The bad news is that you cannot remove ads.

For now, Minimalist is only available for the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Google is adding lots of other neat extensions that only work with Chrome, so this should give you another reason to stop using Internet Explorer.

This is a must have for Gmail users

Frankly, there is too much junk on the default Gmail interface. Even if you do not care about the aesthetics, all that junk can lead to distractions. You probably do not care how much of your Gmail storage space you are using—so why get distracted by looking at it?

In today’s age of constant multitasking, the more stuff on your screen, the more likely you are to get distracted. In addition, lawyers spend lots of time staring at their inbox, so why not take ten minutes to make things look nicer?

Minimalist will not only make your screen prettier, it might also help you stay on task, and that is always a good thing.

(photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filicudi/3965315741)

 

 

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  • Minimalist for Gmail is awesome! It doesn’t just minimize, it also adds some handy options.

    Love it.

  • Given that the majority of our readers apparently think cloud software is unsafe for a law practice, I guess this post is a waste of time.

    Sorry GMail…

    • When did 50% become a majority? Plus, Sam likes this post, which means its awesomeness factor rises exponentially.

    • “your data is safer inside Google than it is inside your own computers.”

      – Dave Girouard President of Google’s Enterprise Division

      http://bit.ly/fWyyhP

      • I’m sure that is true, although I’ve met a lot of lawyers with zero security or backup who think putting their data on Google’s servers is basically the same thing as publishing it on a billboard on the freeway.