Arne Brachhold

Hiding the ad column in Gmail’s new split pane mode (Firefox / Chrome)

Filed under: Other Stuff,Tools — arne on August 8, 2011

I really like the new split pane layout of Gmail. Unfortunately the right most column takes too much space which could be better used for showing the mail content. Luckily this can be easily done in Firefox and Chrome with the AdBlock Plus extension installed.

  • Install AdBlock Plus if you haven’t done so yet.
  • Open the AdBlock Plus options and add the following rule:mail.google.com##TD.Bu:last-child

:( Before the change:
Gmail new split panes with advertising column

:) And after:
Gmail new split panes without the advertising column

It works with the current version of Gmail, but might break if they change the CSS classes (which look pretty random)…

24 Comment(s) »

Comment by Wordpress Consultant

Posted on August 29, 2011

Great idea! Thanks for share. I too would like to minimize the display of ads as I browse..very cool

Comment by Quan Tri Mang

Posted on August 30, 2011

Is it safe when i install AdBlock Plus because maybe this add-on can access my Gmail’s account ?

Comment by Rob

Posted on December 7, 2011

Right on, thanks! This still works perfectly 4 months later. :> Just noticed the split pane view in Labs today and trying it out.

Comment by BC

Posted on January 31, 2012

Great help! Thanks!

Comment by mAIl sIgNIn

Posted on March 8, 2012

it’s the old style of gmail. there is a new desigh, so i don’t need to change the skin manually. i click simply on the “introduce new gmail”.

Comment by Flo

Posted on March 18, 2012

Thank you for uncovering this piece of gem. That AdBlock Plus is a real space saver! I’ve installed it and by magic 90% of my ads disappeared. Hope you have some other tricks in the hat :), anything else to share ? Thanks very much.

Comment by Decryptoblog

Posted on March 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing. I was looking for such tricks to hide adds in Gmail. I already downloaded Adblock plus but it did nothing but your trick is working fine.

Comment by دانلود

Posted on April 18, 2012

Was good
thank you !

Comment by A4-Inside

Posted on April 19, 2012

Why my Kaspersky did not block ad from gmail ?
it almost block from anywhere

Comment by Sam

Posted on May 28, 2012

Thank you for this article. There is an AdBlock Plus plug in for Google Chrome as well. I wonder if it works on it too?

Comment by Dong Phuc

Posted on July 22, 2012

It’s a great tut :) i’m using gmail and i hate the ads at right.

Comment by Christ Paul

Posted on August 10, 2012

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Comment by ola

Posted on November 3, 2012

I really like the new split pane layout of Gmail. Unfortunately the right most column

Comment by haber sabah

Posted on January 9, 2013

Thanks. It works beautifully!!!.

Comment by Alexander Kroll

Posted on February 3, 2013

A great article – thanks a lot for sharing!
I am looking forward for more helpful advise!

Comment by Renato

Posted on May 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing. I really like

Comment by Lucky

Posted on May 15, 2013

Good tips but this is old gmail. Any update?

Thks

Comment by Sandro

Posted on June 13, 2013

Is there a way to only hide the sidebar with the “split pane layout” ? This trick seems to hide it always. Even when using the “normal” layout.

Comment by shayari

Posted on October 13, 2013

Thank you for this article. There is an AdBlock Plus plug in for Google Chrome as well. I wonder if it works on it too?

Comment by shayari

Posted on October 13, 2013

I really like the new split pane layout of Gmail. Unfortunately the right most column..

Comment by Vancouver

Posted on November 21, 2013

This is very helpful idea. Is there’s a way to do this thing on other browser? I’m using IE and Safari as well.

Thanks in advance :)

Comment by Chris

Posted on December 6, 2013

normaly i use the Adblock plus by Google Chrome, and there any ad in my window!

Greets!

Comment by Top Ten List

Posted on December 16, 2013

It’s really a great feature. And now my Gmail inbox looks like outlook.
Thanks a lot for the the tutorial.

Comment by Anne

Posted on January 7, 2014

Thanks to this great advice! I already done this! Dead to all Spam! ;)

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