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Open Your Gmail Account in a Popup Window

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Would you like a quick way to access your Gmail account whenever you need to without opening a new tab or window? See how easy it is to get one-click access with the Gmail Popup extension for Firefox


Usually if you need to do something in your Gmail account you have to open a new tab/window or maintain an open tab/window throughout the day. Think how nice it would be to have that access in a “Popup Window” instead…there when you need it and out of your way when you do not.



Once you install the extension you will need to make certain that your “Status Bar” is visible so that you can access the “Popup Window”. This is what the “Status Bar Icon” looks like…click on it to open Gmail and click on it again to close it. Nice and simple…

Note: For those who prefer keyboard shortcuts you may also open the “Popup Window” using “Ctrl + /” (Ctrl + Forward Slash).


For our example we decided to send an e-mail about an article and one of the software items mentioned in it…


As soon as we clicked on the “Status Bar Icon” Gmail immediately opened up. Using the “Popup Window” will mean viewing your account in “Basic HTML Format” but if you have an important e-mail to get sent out then the lack of a “custom theme” is not really going to matter. You can move around your account just like usual and the “shaded border” helps you stay focused on your e-mail instead of items (such as flashing ads) in the background.

Note: You can resize the “Popup Window” by grabbing the lower right corner and expanding it to the desired size.


Here is the e-mail that we wrote to send out…it may be kind of plain looking (text formatting) but it will certainly get the job done.



There is only one option for the extension…the ability to modify the “Popup URL”.



If you need frequent access to your Gmail account throughout the day but hate having to open a new tab or window each time then you should definitely take a look at this extension.


Download the Gmail Popup extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/1/10

Comments (12)

  1. tommy2rs

    all I get is this message in the frame:

    This content cannot be displayed in a frame
    To protect your security, the publisher of this content does not allow it to be displayed in a frame.

    I can click through to get a tab or window but the frame refuses to display any info other than the error message.

  2. Asian Angel

    @tommy2rs – Do you happen to have NoScript installed by any chance? If so that is most likely why you are receiving that message. :(

  3. Pandy

    Thanks Asian Angel for the cool article! :D

  4. Navjot

    Great add on!

  5. Ross Goodman

    I see from the addin page comments that this is compatible with the GCal Popup addin.
    I can guess at what this does but I can’t find GCal !



  6. Asian Angel

    @Ross Goodman – Here is the link for GCal Popup. ^__^ The only problem at the moment for GCal Popup is that the extension author has not updated it for 3.6. It has worked fine for me after forcing compatibility with MR Tech Toolkit so if you would like to try that here is the link for it too. ^__^

    GCal Popup 1.3

    MR Tech Toolkit

  7. Connor M.

    I downloaded this (thanks for showing us it, by the way, I never checked my Gmail simply because I didn’t want to bother with tabs)

    But, every time I click the little icon down at the bottom right to launch the pop-up, it simply opens a new tab (Yes, I’m new to firefox, i don’t know if there’s any options I need to en/dis able.

  8. Asian Angel

    @Connor M. – I found that someone else was having the same problem and has posted about it over at the Mozilla Add-ons page. Since the upgrade to Firefox 3.6 I have noticed that the extension has acted “odd” when opened over one or two particular webpages. :( I am guessing that this is a possible bug in relation to the Firefox 3.6 release. :(

  9. huzaifa

    hai every one have a nice day!

  10. dhiraj

    aare chalu nahi hota

  11. isam


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