Sometimes, all you want to do is to open a GMail compose window to dash off a quick email. You dont want all the heavy lifting of the entire GMail site, just the Compose window.
After a little hacking of the “Open in separate window” URL, I found the URL to open the compose dialog of GMail, without all the other stuff around it.
The above URL will only work when you are already logged into GMail.
How is this useful?
On my FireFox browser’s Bookmarks toolbar, I have a shortcut set to the above URL. (Easiest way to do this is to drag the link above on to your Bookmarks Toolbar).
In addition, I have set the shortcut to open in the Sidebar. (Right click on the shortcut and select Properties)
Now, if I am on an interesting page and I wish to send some notes and a URL to someone, I click on the shortcut, and I get the compose window in the sidebar (red box below), making it easy to write the email, while referring to the original site (yellow box below).
Internet Explorer, does not have the feature of opening a web-page in the Sidebar (at least, I don't think so). So I hold the CTRL button, when I click on the shortcut, to make the Compose window open in a new dialog.