I noticed that Google Chrome has a feature which let's Gmail handle mailto: links. I'm wondering whether or not Chrome has to be running on the computer in order for this to work or not.

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After doing some testing, it seems that Chrome does not need to be running in order for it to handle mailto: links. It will launch Chrome and open up a new tab to the mailto: address, which then gets redirected to Gmail.

On Mac OS X, this works because Chrome changes itself to be the default mail client.

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