A super short tip for Gmail power users among you who tend to keep the popular webmail service open in a pinned tab.
Now, the pinned tab icon (known as a ‘favicon’) you see with Gmail isn’t hugely informative normally. It just shows the familiar, red-accented Gmail envelope icon.
Nice enough, and tells you that it’s Gmail.
But do you think seeing an unread count in that teeny-tiny pixel-squeezed space be more useful?
If you do, here’s how you can an enable an unread count in pinned Gmail tabs on Chrome (and Mozilla Firefox):
- Open Gmail
- Go to
- Find “Unread message icon” in the list (it’s near the top)
- Check the radio button next to ‘enable’
- Hit ‘save changes’
That’s literally all there is to it. The tab will reload and, et voila, you’ll see an unread count!