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The latest design of Gmail is a big improvement but there are two small changes I like to implement that make a big difference.

  1. Getting rid of the light grey background for unread emails
  2. Increasing the top and bottom spacing on all emails in the inbox

Gmail’s built-in settings do not allow you to do this so you need to first install the Stylus browser extension (Firefox / Chrome). Once installed create a new style that applies to the domain and add this CSS:

div.AO tr {
    background-color: #FFFFFF;

div.AO tr td {
    padding-top: 5px !important;
    padding-bottom: 5px !important;

This applies your CSS on top of the existing Gmail CSS.

Your inbox will then look like this:

Tim Bennett is a Leeds-based web designer from Yorkshire. He has a First Class Honours degree in Computing from Leeds Metropolitan University and currently runs his own one-man web design company, Texelate.