Macros Greasemonkey script (enhanced keyboard shortcuts) now available for new Gmail

Gmail Macros
As more and more users start seeing the new version of Gmail, they're finding that their favorite Firefox add-ons and Greasemonkey extensions may no longer be working. One of the most popular Greasemonkey extensions for Gmail has to be Macros, created by Google employee Mihai Parparita. Luckily, a new version has now been released.

Those of you that are aware of the Macros script for Gmail have probably already all left to go grab the latest version. The rest of you still reading are probably wondering what all the hubbub is about, so here's a quick rundown of what Macros is, and why you need it.

Macros is a Greasemonkey script that adds a bunch of very useful keyboard shortcuts to Google's already very keyboard-centric Gmail control mechanism, like the ability to jump directly to a label by typing "L" then the label's name. While that's some pretty sweet functionality, Macros is worth installing for one specific shortcut: the D (for dismiss) key.

If you check the box for a few unread emails in your inbox that you know you don't need to read, you can press the D key to dismiss those messages. This will automatically mark them all as read and archive them in one fell swoop. It's amazing how fast you can process your inbox by first making a pass through and dismissing anything that is not relevant or necessary. This is a favorite trick for when you're returning from vacation or even on a Monday morning with a weekend's worth of messages piled up.

If you're not interested in installing Greasemonkey to get this functionality, consider just grabbing Lifehacker's Better Gmail Firefox add-on, which has Macros built right in, as well as a number of other useful features.

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