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How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler?

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How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? rondukelow 6/28/09 6:07 AM
I am using Google Chrome and every time I hit an email link, Windows Mail opens up, NOT Gmail. I can't seem to find this problem on the forum, can anyone help me?
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? SN 6/28/09 7:20 AM
If you mean the link is the Chrome icon on your computer then: Open Google Chrome>open wrench icon top right>select options>Basic tab...Home page click 'open this page' and use this path: https://mail.google.com/
If you are referring to another link on your computer then open it and there is where to change the default similar instruction to aforementioned also use https://mail.google.com/
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? Hasi Haseeb 6/28/09 7:22 AM
you ,,just install Gmail notifier to get instant email that on your inbox.it is good.

Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? Hasi Haseeb 6/28/09 7:24 AM
1.Go to control panel 
2. Internet options
3.Programs
4.Email
  just change it.
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? rondukelow 6/29/09 3:16 AM
Hi all,

Thanks for the replies, but still in the dark. I have tried Sooji's Internet Options approach, but can't find where to solve this particular problem; let me elucidate:

e.g. I'm on a website and there is an email link (mailto:). I hit the link, but instead of Google Mail opening up - and Google Mail IS set as my default mail handler in Gmail Notifier - Windows Mail still opens up. This is despite it NOT being my default mail handler and no longer having any accounts on it. 

I have tried the option given in help. i.e. the 'Set Programme Defaults', but 1) Google Mail is not listed in the programmes list and 2) I cant find the 'mailto:' protocol anyway. 

I thought that selecting 'Gmail for my internet mailto links' in Gmail Notifier options, as instructed, was supposed to sort this, but it clearly hasn't. Any other ideas? Or if not, how do I report it as a glitch? I am running Windows Vista 32 bit.

Cheers

Ron
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? SN 6/29/09 8:20 AM
Rodukelow,
Try the instructions for Windows in the reference; see if that works for you.
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? rondukelow 6/29/09 9:02 AM
Hi SN,

Perhaps you didn't see my reply to the others above. I've already done that and I still get Windows Mail popping up. Thanks for trying anyway

Ron


Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? SN 6/29/09 10:15 AM
Hi Ron,
Well, I think the fix is on your computer, not with any Gmail adjustment, Windows Help e.g. 'Change the default e‑mail program' and/or 'Change which programs Windows uses by default' etc. 
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? rondukelow 6/29/09 10:51 AM
Hi SN,

I think you're right, but I'm stumped. I've tried everything in Windows - changing default programmes, even setting 'do not allow access to this programme' for Windows Mail. But it still pops up. I think it may be another Windows Vista vs. everything else problem. Oh well, it's not that bad, just a nuisance when computers don't do what you tell them!

Thanks anyway

Ron
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? stasamation 7/16/09 3:17 PM
Excellent solution here:
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? rondukelow 7/17/09 12:54 AM
Hi stasamation,

Thanks for trying, but I'm in Vista and can't use the fix. I even tried the http://skaelede.hu/?e=chromemailer&lg=en further down the link, but that doesn't work either! Looks like Vista has defeated Google on this one; I shall just have to put up with it.

Ron
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? stasamation 7/17/09 2:32 PM
Ron, you should be able to I believe you can make this work on Vista too.  Are you comfortable editing the registry?  In the thread I linked to, there is a post from Ed H. who writes:

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If you’re willing to do some digging in the registry, you can make this work in Vista, as well. Open up Registry Editor, and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command and edit the (Default) command from whatever it is to the string mentioned in this article.

I haven’t fully tested it yet, but I *BELIEVE* that this changes it for EVERY USER on the computer. Don’t do this on a multi-account computer unless you’re willing to force this on everyone. (My computer only has one account, so I can’t verify easily.) It is also possible that this only changes the default setting, and any user that has manually changed their default mail handler will still use their other email program; or at worst, have to re-set it to their preferred program again.

A second tip is that if you have “Google Apps for your Domain” (i.e. you’re having Google host your domain’s email,) you can customize it for your domain by changing the URL above so that instead of “mail.google.com/mail?…” it reads “mail.google.com/a/yourdomainhere.com?…” (obviously, use the rest of the URL mentioned above after the question mark; and use your domain instead of “yourdomainhere.com”.)
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Give this a try and report back please!
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? stasamation 7/17/09 2:36 PM
Also take a look at this method -- it's for Windows 7 -- should work for Vista too:
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? jaws1 9/1/09 4:04 PM
I agree with OP ... recently got this computer with Vista ... Windows Mail (downloading mails to your computer) IS the default, with no others being listed.  When I first started using computers, I foolishly used Outlook, not realizing it was downloading my mail onto computer ... when it crashed, lost ALL my mails .. NEVER again.
 
Now, instead of calling it Outlook and attempting to force you to use it, they call it Windows Mail and give NO other options for a mail default.  If you've never used Vista, you probably can't conceive this idea ... I'm having a hard time myself, and seeing it.  Guess this is MS' "better idea" ... we all know what happened with the other company who's slogan that was ...
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? graphter 10/25/09 1:10 PM
In fairness, the Gmail notifier solution does work - at least in XP - I have yet to test it on the Win 7 machine.

But why do so many posts relate to a Chrome solution when there are so many Firefox and IE users out here?  More to the point, why do the hard core who appear to dislike Microsoft solutions so much not simply uninstall it?  You can set Gmail to collect MSN mail or Hotmail and you can use MSN IM in a web browser so you do not have to have it installed locally?
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? Rotkapchen 11/3/09 4:27 PM
I'm having the same problem in Windows 7.0. There are no longer UI options to directly set email -- there are only application associations (gmail is not an app). And the mailto parameters are not listed.

As well, the gmail notifier apparently is not set up to work yet in Windows 7.0. Signing in ends up routing to an online page and opens up a gmail window -- it does not launch the desktop component.
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? Rotkapchen 11/3/09 4:48 PM
Ok, but while the gmail notifier is not 'notifying' apparently that did fix the mailto link issue. I'm able to click thru email addresses fine now. Thanks.
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? pmailkeey 3/22/10 3:37 PM
jaws1 - I used Outlook Express which allowed you to choose your mailbox folder. I created a folder [zithez] and used this. I then went into registry to find zithez, changed the path there to one on the network file server so that if the local computer crashed, the mailbox folders were protected. Also allowed multi-PC access to the same mail folders :) - although OE didn't really like this and it had to be used with extreme care.
Re: How do I set Gmail as my default mail handler? MachBuster 10/4/10 10:16 AM
Hi Troops,
I've examined all the proposed solutions and none seem to work in Win7 and IE8 leading me to the inescapable conclusion that it is a Gmail problem. C'mon Gmail troops I know you will solve the problem (soon I hope) In the interim I'm going to try Affix.com. I'll report back'
Ed F.