tom haynes

Hide chat statuses in Gmail

I like to keep my Gmail chat open when I’m online, but people’s statuses distract me, and the list is hard to scan when some people are on two lines and others are only on one (is there a scientific explanation for why?). There used to be a Lab, called Muzzle, for hiding statuses, but they removed it.

Here’s how to hide people’s chat statuses from Gmail (in Safari):

Create a text file, and put

tr.vm { display: none !important; }

in it. Save it, then open up Safari’s preferences. Go to “Advanced” and then choose “Other…” as the style sheet and select your text file. No more statuses!