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Set Gmail As Your Default Mail Client In Firefox

Posted by madhavkobal on 14/09/2009

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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