Productivity tip: pause your GMail Inbox and hide new emails

Have you ever wanted to look at your GMail Inbox to find some information in an old email… but without being disturbed by all these new emails that will inevitably draft you away from your current focus and destroy your productivity?

At Theodo, we have found a really simple way to do just that! It is a trick based on Stylish to hide all unread emails on demand.

First install the Stylish extension for your favorite browser :

And then create a new “style” that you call “Gmail pause”:

    .zE { display: none; }
    .n1 a[title^=Inbox] {
      font-weight: normal !important;
      width: 2.5em;
      padding: 0;
      display: inline-block;
      overflow: hidden;
    }

You can then hide or see your unread emails at will, using the small “S” icon in the top-right corner.

I hope it will be as revolutionary for your productivty as it was for me!


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  • This is brilliant! I’ve been using it for a few days now and it has been revolutionary!

    I hate getting distracted by new emails when I need to search for info an archived email or when I just need to send an email.

    I’ve looked everywhere for a good solution and this is it!

    Thanks again for posting this!

  • Another solution to the same issue, which I use on newsletters/logs/stalkers… :

    Create a Gmail filter to archive everything, and add a “to-read” label 😉

  • Roberto

    Just amazing!!
    Have tried Inbox Pause, but didn’t work for me. Your solution was perfect!

  • Roberto

    Just ONE question: Is there any way to hide the number of unread mails in title bar? Gmail show something like this “Inbox (2)”.