This question, asked by Ryan, is the same issue I've been having.

What happens is when I right click an email address within an email message, Gmail opens a new message. I want to disable this. How do I do that?

NOTE: this is using Gmail in Chrome.

I opened Gmail in Firefox and I don't have the problem. Here are some screenshots:

Email in Chrome: https://www.screencast.com/t/ry6EoGUW1

Email in Firefox: https://www.screencast.com/t/A8aMjekhinhr

While I can just use Firefox, I'd REALLY like to figure how to disable this in Chrome.

  • Yes, my work email is on G-Suite. (Had to confirm with our helpdesk ;) – Amy Roth Apr 1 '19 at 16:45

Well, this is caused by the fact that Gmail detects Chrome browser and ignores global browser setting which results in converting all email addresses by injecting mailto: address before each of them.

email@address.com is converted to mailto:email@address.com and therefore clicking on such address defaults to open compose window. Manually removing mailto: part from source code fixes the issue and further right clicking won't trigger the opening of compose window.



Therefore, a solution would be to find some Chrome extension which is able to edit source code upon website load and remove all instances of mailto:

Another solution would be not clicking on an email address you want to copy, but highlight it with a mouse cursor and hitting CTRL + C

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If you are with administrator access, this article states that mailto: scheme can be globally blacklisted: https://www.chromium.org/administrators/url-blacklist-filter-format

In other instances (outside of gmail.com) you need to delete Gmail from handlers at chrome://settings/handlers (but as already mentioned this won't work when on Gmail in Chrome)

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    User0's answer is not correct. Amy is specifically talking about right-clicking an email address in Gmail — not left-clicking. The new right-click behavior is a recent change, and there is a Google Support thread about it here: support.google.com/mail/thread/2698031?msgid=2698031 – Shane Pike Apr 3 '19 at 18:26
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    Your answer would disable it for both left-clicking and right-clicking. That's not what she wants. She only wants to disable it for right-clicking. Popping a compose window on right-click is a new behavior that Google erroneously introduced, and we're all ready for them to fix it. – Shane Pike Apr 3 '19 at 18:58

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