tom haynes

Coming soon

This greyed out menu item — “Label (coming soon)” — is respectful to users. It’s almost an apology, something you don’t see in interfaces very often. This sort of communication between a program and a person isn’t really something I’ve seen before. Very interesting.

Archive all read messages in Gmail

Something I do multiple times a day in Gmail is click “Read” to select all messages I’ve read, then hit “Archive.” I’ve used keyboard shortcuts for a while (enable them in Gmail’s settings), but I didn’t know until today that there’s a keystroke for “select all read messages.” It’s * r. Then just hit y to archive.

You can also use * u for unread messages, or * a and * n for selecting and deselecting everything (respectively).

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!