Google's email service Gmail is highly popular. One of the restrictions that many users face is that it only allows you to sign in to one account at a time using the web interface.While you can use a desktop client to sign in to multiple Gmail accounts at the same time, it is not always possible or desired to use a desktop program for that.
The single-account at a time restriction can be problematic for Gmail users who access more than one account regularly. This is for example the case in companies that use more than one Gmail email account.
It is possible to use a desktop email client to retrieve all Gmail account messages at once. We recently reviewed a Greasemonkey script that allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts in a web browser as well.
The Firefox add-on Gmail Manager is another possibility. It is a highly popular add-on that enables you to manage multiple Gmail accounts in the browser.
It places an icon on the Firefox status bar that provides quick access to all registered Gmail accounts.Besides that, it is listing all supported accounts including the unread email count of each account, and options to compose a new email message using one of the accounts.
The context menu displays additional options that allow you to log out of an account, log in to all configured accounts, or check accounts for new messages.
Notifications can be configured to inform you whenever new emails are available in one of the accounts, and tooltips are provided that display additional information and mail previews.
Gmail Manager supports Gmail hosted accounts and provides one click access to any Gmail account that has been added to the Firefox add-on.
The Firefox extension is an excellent companion for Firefox users who operate multiple Gmail accounts.
Update: The extension has not been updated since 2011 and does not work anymore as a consequence. I suggest you use X-notifier as an alternative. The extension supports multiple Gmail accounts as well and acts as a notifier for those accounts.
As an added benefit, it is supporting other email services including Yahoo's and Microsoft's as well, so that you can add them to the configuration to receive new mail information.
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