It's not possible to temporarily hide incoming e-mails in the Gmail interface. I'm looking for a browser extension that can:

  • temporarily hide incoming e-mails in the Gmail interface (e.g. by clicking a button "Hide incoming e-mails")

and if possible:

  • free
  • works with Google Chrome (and Windows 7 if OS-dependent)
  • doesn't slow down the Gmail interface


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should be displayed as non-bold text without any (number_of_new_messages).

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I use Minimalist for Everything. It is free, does work with chrome, and I didn't notice any slowdown in the Gmail interface.

The app can be activated and desactivated, which would act the same way as a "hide incoming emails" button. There is no setting by default to hide Inbox count or to unbold the thing, but you could hide the whole sidebar, the spam-count, or set up an item in the extension in order to modify just what you want to modify.

  • Thanks, great extension! Which option do you use to hide the whole sidebar? I've been looking for it but didn't find it. Apr 16, 2014 at 17:04
  • Sorry @Frank, none actually. I thought there was one, as I hide the header myself. If you're fine with a bit of coding, you can set up a piece of css to do the trick for you(->Edit ->Add option).
    – VicAche
    Apr 16, 2014 at 17:44
  • No worry, still a great extension and should be easy to hide the inbox count indeed. Apr 16, 2014 at 17:59

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