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Friday, October 19, 2012

Force Gmail to share the tab with another page!

If you're like me, you probably leave Gmail open somewhere for easy access. This might not ever be a problem if you aren't working on a complex project or if you have multiple monitors (or use Dexpot properly), but I find that my Gmail tab has an annoying habit of wandering off somewhere, forcing me to chase it down every now and then.

Also, I don't know about you, but I generally don't need to read more than the first 20 words of the subject line of emails sitting in my inbox. The normal Gmail email display stretches across the entire width of the page- with most monitors, it's total overkill - I care more about the vertical content (separate emails) than the horizontal content (subject lines)... (see photo). So yesterday I thought, 'wouldn't it be nice if I could have Gmail share the same page/tab with my to-do/note-taking platform?'

I whipped up some code and have since been absolutely loving my new Gmail page. I simply added a little button on the right that will resize Gmail and display my WorkFlowy on click. You can use Advanced Page Injector Chrome Extension to have it automatically inject the code for you (so just copy and paste below!). Just change the to (e.g. asana) where it says src="http://www.workflowy". Also, if you use a Chrome Extension that doesn't automatically include jQuery (the linked one does not), also copy and paste this into your '^' rule.

Also be sure to check out my Workflowy chrome extension.

Here's the code (it even includes a keyboard shortcut CTRL+q to open/close workflowy!):

var initialSetup = function() { $('#workflowygmailbutton').remove(); $('#wfiframegmail').remove(); var button = "<button id='workflowygmailbutton'>|||</button>"; $('body').after(button); var buttoncss2 = "button#workflowygmailbutton {width: 20px; display:inline-block; position:absolute; top: -20px; right: 2px;; width:20px;font-size:23px;border:0;background-color:white;color:#4747D1; height:100%; padding: 0 0; margin: 0 auto;-webkit-appearance: caret;cursor:pointer;} button#workflowygmailbutton:hover {-webkit-box-shadow: inset 4px 4px 2px blue; opacity: .5;}"; $("head").append("<style id='dynamicStylesheet'></style>"); $("#dynamicStylesheet").text(buttoncss2); $('#workflowygmailbutton').css('z-index','9999'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').click(function(){openWorkflowy();}); var workflowy = "<iframe src='' id='wfiframegmail' name='wfiframegmail' style='display:none; z-index:9999'></iframe>"; $('#workflowygmailbutton').after(workflowy); var elstoattack = $('html'); initialPosition(); killbuttons(); } var killbuttons = function(){ $("div[role='button']").css('min-width', '0px'); rapportivewidth = $("div.nH[role='main']").width() * .22; $("#rapportive-sidebar > *").css('max-width', rapportivewidth); $("#rapportive-sidebar").css('z-index', '0'); $('.dw').css('z-index', '2') $("ol.sections").css('width', rapportivewidth); } var initialPosition = function() { windowwidth = window.document.width; newstartwidth = windowwidth - 20; if (windowwidth < 1715) {newstartwidth = 1576;}; if (windowwidth > 1714) {newstartwidth = 1891;}; $(elstoattack).css('max-width', newstartwidth); $('#wfiframegmail').css('display','none'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').css('top', '0') $('#workflowygmailbutton').css('right', '1px'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').unbind('click'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').click(function(){openWorkflowy();}); } var openWorkflowy = function(){ killbuttons(); windowwidth = window.document.width; newwidth = windowwidth * .48; if (newwidth > 910) {newwidth = 1005;}; if (newwidth < 791) {newwidth = 833;}; $(elstoattack).css('max-width',newwidth); $('#workflowygmailbutton').css('right', '46.4%'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').unbind('click'); $('#workflowygmailbutton').click(function(){initialPosition();}); $('#wfiframegmail').css('display','inline'); $('#wfiframegmail').css('position','absolute'); $('#wfiframegmail').css('right','0px'); $('#wfiframegmail').css('width', '46%'); $('#wfiframegmail').css('top','0'); $('#wfiframegmail').css('height','100%'); }; var elstoattack = $('html'); initialSetup(); window.isCtrl = false; $(document).ready(function(){ $(window).keyup(function (e) { if(e.which == 17) window.isCtrl=false; }).keydown(function (e) { if(e.which == 17) window.isCtrl=true; if(e.which == 81 && window.isCtrl == true) { $('#workflowygmailbutton').click() return false; } if(e.which == 220 && window.isCtrl == true) { $('#gbqfq').select(); return false; } }); })


  1. note: only works on 1920x1080 and 1600x900 resolution monitors as written!

  2. very cool, Will. given the amount of time I spend completing tasks on gmail, this makes a lot of sense.