Sunday, September 13, 2009

Set Gmail As Your Default Mail Client In Firefox

I do not use Kmail, Evolution or Thunderbird on my netbook. So when I click an email link in Firefox, I get sent to the Evolution's setup screen. This guide will show you how to setup Gmail as you default email application in Firefox. That way, when you click a mailto link (or any email link) Firefox will open it with Gmail. *Note: this only works in Firefox 3.0 and above.

1. Go to Gmail and sign in.

2. While in Gmail, copy and paste the code below into Firefox's address bar and hit enter.
gmail_url_mailto
javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","https://
mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s","Gmail")


3. A bar will appear under the URL bar, click "Add Application"
add_bar_mailto
- to add Gmail as an application for mailto links.

4. Then go to Edit>Preferences
switch mailto
- In the Application tab, under mailto select use Gmail


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

how do you set it to a yahoo account?

redDEAD said...

I didn't know people still used Yahoo mail. How is it in the 90's.

All jokes aside I Googled it, and found an the answer:

1. Go to Tools -> Options.
2. Click on Applications tab icon.
3. Locate and click to highlight mailto Content Type, and at the corresponding drop down box of Action, select Use Yahoo! Mail.
4. Click OK.

It's actually easier than setting Google, go figure.

Beck & Bæk said...

Thanks for the Yahoo!-tip.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post "No teme" in your blog with the link to you?

redDEAD said...

sure Russia

Purple said...

Of course, now, in Karmic Koala 9.10, just find mailto in Edit->Prefs->Apps and select Googlemail in the drop down box.