Gmail Unread Message Count in Favicon

By Eric Bogs Last update Oct 3, 2012 — Installed 43,759 times.

Script Summary: Shows the number of unread Gmail messages in the FavIcon in your Firefox tab.



Version: 1.10

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Allows you to easily see how many unread messages you have without needing to switch back to Gmail. Also allows you to set different color GMail envelope icons for different email addresses/tabs. As the number of unread messages changes, the favicon in your Firefox tab or URL bar will change to show the number of unread messages you have in your inbox.

Also part of the excellent Better Gmail 2 Firefox Extension.

Features:

  • Shows the number of unread messages in your Gmail inbox in your browser tab.
  • Color of the unread message number in the icon glows brighter as number increases. "0" is green, "1" to "99+" get progressively brighter.
  • Different Gmail icon colors for different Gmail accounts. Shows a red envelope icon by default, blue envelope icon for hosted (Google Apps for my Domain) email accounts. You can easily override these defaults, with 4 different envelope icon colors supported (red, orange, green, and blue). Instructions on lines 14-18 of script.
  • Envelope icon flashes orange when you have a new chat message (or blue if your default color is orange).

New in v1.10 [2012-10-03]:

  • Fixes script to work with latest GMail UI

New in v1.08 [2011-11-22]:

  • More color options -- can now set any domain to red, orange, green or blue.

New in v1.07 [2011-03-24]:

  • Works both for single sign-on and hosted domains (e.g. checks both URL and email address).

New in v1.06 [2011-03-22]:

  • Another fix to work around broken GMail API. No longer is stuck at initial unread message count.

New in v1.05 [2009-11-25]:

  • Another fix to work around broken GMail API. No longer is stuck at "0" unread message count. Thanks to Peter Wooley!

New in v1.04 [2009-11-19]:

  • Fixed to work around broken GMail API. No longer is stuck at "0" unread message count.

New in v1.03 [2009-11-17]:

  • Fixed to work around broken GMail API.

New in v1.02 [2009-04-09]:

  • Fixed to work with new Gmail label interface.

New in v1.0 [2009-03-14]:

  • Envelope icon flashes orange when you have a new chat message.
  • More granular message count: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20+, 50+, 99+
  • New green envelope icon color option.
  • Easier to customize the envelope colors for your hosted (Google Apps for my Domain) email accounts. 3 different envelope icon colors supported (red, green, and blue). Instructions on lines 14-18 of script.
  • Easier to customize polling interval if you encounter performance problems (default to 500ms). Instructions on line 22 of script.

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