Chromatize Your Gmail - Some Cool Things You'll Get

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gmail running as app

I know that many of you have a Gmail account. I do too! There are lots of great reasons to use Chrome as your choice of browsers, but there are some great specific reasons related to Gmail running in Chrome to also consider.

First of all, you can run any of your favorite websites as if it were a standalone desktop app. You can see my taskbar on the right. The gmail website is running in special app mode and it even gets its own icon.

Email is important to me so it is running on my desktop all day long. I simply minimize it when I'm not looking at it. A chrome window in "app" mode loses the tabs bar and the address bar and simply gives a cleaner interface with more space for the specific site information. Notice how that looks below.

compare gmail in app mode

In order to take any website in to 'application' mode (like in our case, Gmail), click the Chrome settings button (right side of window, in line with the address bar), then choose Tools, then 'Create application shortcuts'. You can choose to drop the icon on your deskop, or taskbar, or both. In my case, I have my gmail pinned to my taskbar since it is always there!

chrome app shortcut

Once you do this, you will see your current browser window drop off the top bars and it will now look more like typical app that your are running on your desktop.

A second cool feature of Gmail in Chrome is that you can have the option to pop up a notification box whenever new mail arrives. The pop up will appear in the lower right of your screen and will tell yoiu the basics of who is emailing you and what the subject is. Then you can decide to go read it right away or wait til later. 

To turn this feature on, notice the setting in the diagram below:

gmail notification option screen

Gmail = awesomeness, Chrome = awesomeness - together like chocolate covered strawberries. Bon apetit!


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Judith Ritter
Dirt Road Real Estate - Prescott, AZ
Rural Land & Homes Specialist

Craig, thank you so much for this and yet another stellar example of great graphics.  I. too, love the red arrows. 

Mar 04, 2013 11:34 PM #12
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks, Craig, for your post. I use Chrome and gmail as well as a lot of other google applications. I have an Android phone and an Android tablet.

I usually have Chrome, Firefox and IE all running at once with multiple tabs open. I don't think I want to run Chrome without the taskbar.

Mar 05, 2013 12:30 AM #13
Ray Stockwell
ZipperAgent - Boston, MA
Director of Marketing



I have been using Chrome as my browsers for years along with extensions.  the one big issue I see that you do not address is how much memory those apps use.  Chrome as I understand it opens an .exe file for every app.

Right now all I have open on my desktop is this page, but I have ten Chrome.exe files in task manager using up a lot memory.  I have used older machines where this is a significant issue

Mar 05, 2013 08:04 PM #14
Dennis Herman
Crossroads Real Estate LLC - Oostburg, WI
Dennis Herman

Your posts are great Craig.  You are in the top 1% for useful info.  I alrady use CHrome and Gmail.  Love the way it syncs to the Android.  A breeze to keep contacts updated on both.  One question for you.  Anyway I can quick share  website wit contacts in Gmail?  I copy and paste the link.  Gmail does not sem to be an option as a default program on Windows 7.  

Mar 08, 2013 04:00 AM #15
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kathy - thanks for visiting - glad you liked

Judith - I'm glad to be able to illustrate my points!

John - keep in mind that without the tabs and address bar applies only for the sites that you apply it to - you get a special icon to launch those sites - regular browsing in chrome remains unchanged

Ray - memory management on newer computers is less of an issue but on an older computer you can be more vigilant about uninstalling unused apps and extensions. In chrome Shift+Esc brings up a window that shows you all the chrome elements and how much memory they take. You can watch this to see how much goes to each part and remove anything unnecessary 

Dennis - glad you enjoy my blogs, thanks for saying so! You can install the chrome extension send from Gmail (by Google) and this should do the share a link feature that you are looking for

Mar 08, 2013 04:18 AM #16
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great information Craig!  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Saturday!

Mar 09, 2013 07:19 AM #17
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

I like Chrome.  It is my default browser. My MLS doesn't work very well with Chrome, though. Printing especially. There are a bunch of real estate sites that don't work very well in Chrome. I hope they catch up some year.

Mar 16, 2013 10:28 AM #18
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

great info as always i will have to give it a try.

May 13, 2013 11:12 AM #19
Mohan Tarneja

Lovely Craig... this is interesing post.. the screen shots was very easy to understand..

Sep 25, 2013 10:32 PM #20
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I'm loving the new Chrome apps...looks like my phone screen and lots of good apps to select from.!

Oct 16, 2013 11:39 PM #21
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Great information. I normally leave my gmail up in one tab and pin it and then go on to other tabs to work.

Oct 17, 2013 05:03 AM #22
Lani Stern
Toronto, ON
Your lifetime agent

Amazing, consider yourself followed!

Oct 17, 2013 11:59 PM #23
Lani Stern
Toronto, ON
Your lifetime agent

Again, thank you, I was successful in doing this.

Oct 18, 2013 02:54 PM #24
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Hmmm, a good friend of mine told me that I should be using Google Chrome. He is wise in the ways of the world so I should take his advice after reading your immensely detailed and informative post.

Mar 03, 2014 11:22 AM #25
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Great tip! thanks

Mar 03, 2014 12:06 PM #26
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I like it that Chrome allows me to use Streak CRM with my Gmail account.

Mar 06, 2014 01:44 PM #27
Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055
Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas - Frisco, TX
Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX

Great and useful information. Little by little I expand the usage of Google chrome features as I time passes.

Mar 08, 2014 09:42 PM #28
Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055
Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas - Frisco, TX
Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX

Craig, I just tried to subscribe to your blogs, but I got error as: 

Mar 08, 2014 09:45 PM #29
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I love, love love chocolate covered strawberries. I got distracted over the close. Now back to read the post.

Mar 09, 2014 11:12 AM #30
Elen Walker

I am using a Gmail account for many other websites like CRM. While using Gmail you may have some issue with account or error problem then simply contact  Gmail Error 007. They will help you out. 

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