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I use Gmail as my default email client. What do I have to do to have mailto:x@y.com open Gmail instead of opening the standard Windows email program?

  • It may depend on the browser you're using. – ale Jan 19 '16 at 20:02
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When using Google Chrome check the following link: http://lifehacker.com/5883372/set-gmail-as-your-browsers-default-email-client-with-a-simple-hack

Basically the following:

Open Gmail in Chrome. Press Ctrl+Shift+J (Windows) or Cmd+Opt+J (Mac) to open Chrome's built-in JavaScript console.

Paste the following into the console and press Enter:

navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto", "https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s", "Gmail"); 

Chrome will prompt you, asking if you'd like to "Allow Gmail (mail.google.com) to open all email links?"

Click the Use Gmail button.

That's it!

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  • Shouldn't need to use a console window hack. It should be right there in the settings. Let me see if I can track that down. – ale Jan 19 '16 at 20:02
  • I believe chrome will ask it eventually when using gmail repetitively – dimitrieh Jan 19 '16 at 20:14
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It depends on the program you're trying to send the email from. Unfortunately, some programs are designed to work only with the native email clients. A supported solution (IMAP is for sending & receiving) for this is to configure Outlook or the native client with your cloud-based email service, make sure to set your default email accordingly. one thing to note, if you use two-way authentication, you'll need to generate an app-specific password.

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