Inbox by Gmail is dead, but at least you can bring back its looks with this Chrome extension

Google Chrome, Inbox by Gmail, and Pocket Casts icons on an HTC 10.

With Inbox by Gmail officially resting in peace, mourners have a small glimmer of hope in the form of a new Chrome extension that Computerworld spotted earlier today. Appropriately called Inbox Theme by Gmail, the free extension helps you pretend that Inbox is still alive.

The good news is that it’s very easy to get the extension up and running. Click here to check out the Inbox Theme for Gmail extension, then click the Add to Chrome button on the right. Click Add extension when the prompt shows up and either open Gmail in a separate tab or refresh Gmail on a current tab.

You should then see something like this:

A screenshot of the Inbox Theme by Gmail Chrome extension.

It’s not just your email inbox that gets a splash of Inbox — even the main message list view and the individual message screen are great duplications of what we saw in Inbox.

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Unfortunately, Inbox Theme for Gmail is just that — a theme for the desktop version of Gmail. That means popular Inbox features like Bundles that automatically organizes emails, the integrated reminders system, pinned messages, the article-saving system, and extra keyboard shortcuts are nowhere to be seen.

Even so, just close your eyes and open them after a few seconds. For a hot minute, you might think that Inbox isn’t dead after all.

You can download the Inbox Theme for Gmail Chrome extension at the link below.

Gmail’s right-click menu is actually going to be useful going forward

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Google Right-click menu: Conversation mode on

We already know most of you use the Gmail app on your Android phones, so we’re also assuming most of you use the standard Gmail web interface, too. If you’re one of those people, we’ve got good news — Google is rolling out a small but significant update that should help you deal with email a bit quicker.


Right now, if you were to right-click an email in Gmail on the web, you’d only see a few options listed: Move to tab, Archive, Mark as read/unread, or Delete. Starting today, that menu is getting a lot more useful. Users will now be able to choose from a number of different options: Reply/all, Forward, Archive, Delete, Mark as read/unread, Snooze, and much more. Check out the screenshot above for the full list of options.

Google is rolling out the update starting today, and it should reach all G Suite users between February 22-25. Right now there’s no word as to whether or not free, personal accounts will receive this update, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it made its way out of G Suite exclusivity at some point.

Once the update has made its way to your account, you can access it with a right-click, control+click on a Mac keyboard, or by clicking the menu key on Windows keyboards.

Again, it’s a small update, but certainly a welcome one.

We asked, you told us: Most of you don’t use third-party email apps

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One of the best parts of our smartphones is that if there’s a default app that we don’t like, we can go and download a third-party option. An example of an app that many replace is the pre-installed email app.

For that reason, we decided to ask you, what email client do you use? Here are the results.

What email client do you use?


Unsurprisingly, 52 percent of the participants in this week’s poll stated that they use the Gmail app for checking their email. This result isn’t surprising as almost every Android device has Google’s email client pre-installed.

And as the Gmail mobile app can also be used with external email accounts, most people don’t have a reason to find another email client.

Coming in second is Microsoft’s Outlook client with 13 percent of the votes. The reason for this is likely because they use Outlook’s desktop client on their home and work computers.

And in third, we have Inbox by Gmail (R.I.P.). Since its launch, Inbox has been a vastly popular Gmail alternative thanks to its smart features and simplistic design. Thankfully, it looks like some of the app’s functionality might make its way over to the Gmail app.

Unfortunately, Google is shutting down the client in March which means the nine percent of our readers who still use it will have to find an alternative email app within the next two months.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • Nine for work emails and Gmail app for personal emails
  • Gmail for personal. Outlook for work Outlook also has my work calendar. 
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  • I use the native one for each (Gmail, outlook and IOS mail) I like having them separate from each other
  • K-9 on the Android phone. Evolution on the laptop.
  • Inbox by Gmail. I hate Google for killing it, and will definitely not use the stock Gmail app. Thankfully, SparkMail is coming soon to Android, to which I’ll be shifting.
  • I used to use Newton until it went away, but see it’s now back. I switched to Pop, now called Spike, which is similar to Newton.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.