I posted a few days ago about making Gmail the default mail handler for HTTP (mailto tags), which is working great for me, but more ambitious users of Gmail and Firefox should take a look the Better Gmail Firefox extension (Note: If your Gmail account has been upgraded and you are using Gmail 2.0, you need this version of the extension).

Better Gmail further leverages functions of Gmail not available through the standard interface, including (but not limited to):

  • Moving the new message count in front of “Gmail – Inbox” in the title.
  • Removal of the annoying spam message counter.
  • More descriptive icons for attachments, instead of just the paperclip.
  • More macro key shortcuts.

If you are a heavy user of Gmail in the web interface along with the Firefox browser, this extension is definitely worth having.