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Websites can ask permission to make themselves protocol handlers, which means that when you click on a link with a certain protocol, that link will be opened "using" that website. How do I do this with Gmail for the mailto protocol? I'm using Chrome, but I hope there is some setting in Gmail that I can toggle for this, so that I don't need to ask this for every browser I use.

I looked in the Chrome settings, and there is a way to manage protocol handlers, but not to add new ones. The uption can be found under the privacy settings.

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I don't think it is a gmail setting.

I know that in Firefox you can set it under options/applications. Just set the mailto link.

For IE I can set it via the Google toolbar.

I don't have chrome on this computer.

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Making Gmail your default mail application

You can designate Gmail as your default mailto handler. This means that when you click on any hyperlinked email address, a Gmail compose window will open so you can send a message to that address from Gmail.

To do so in Windows:

  • Download the Gmail Notifier.
  • Right-click the Notifier icon in your system tray, and select Options.
  • Check the box next to Use Gmail for internet mailto: links.
  • Click OK.

If you decide later that you don't want to use Gmail as your default email application, simply uncheck the box.

And, if you're using a Mac, you can set your default mailto handler by following these steps:

  • Download the Google Notifier.
  • Open the Notifier.
  • Click the Mail icon on the Menu bar and go to Preferences...
  • Select the Gmail tab and choose Gmail as the program from the Compose mail in drop-down menu.

Note: The Notifier is currently available in English only.

Source: Gmail Help

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I see the gmail tab, but that checkbox is nowhere to be found. –  bigblind Jan 9 '12 at 13:33
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in Windows 7...go to Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Default Programs...choose your email handler and make sure you go in and click box next to allow for Mail To: protocols for Google Chrome.

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I'm not sure, but maybe there is a add-on that lets you customize your protocol handlers, or look in the browser config. Have you checked the Labs section of the Gmail opitions? Maybe there's something there. In Firefox we can both configure via opitions and add-on based.

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