How can I assign Gmail as my default mailto program in Chrome?

Tilman October 20, 2011

I’m quite desperate! I am trying to get mailto links to open up in Gmail instead of Thunderbird in Chrome. I googled for solutions, tried many of them, but it just doesn’t work! I have no idea what’s wrong. I tried the extension that is supposed to accomplish this, I tried various registry edits, but even after restarting Chrome, mailto links continue opening in Thunderbird!

What’s wrong with my computer? How can I get this to work?

  1. ænon1mus
    October 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Here's a way to do it:

  2. Jay
    October 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Did you read what google support said ?
    Download the Gmail Notifier

    Right-click the Notifier icon in your system tray, and select Options.
    Check the box next to Use Gmail for internet mailto: links.
    Click OK.

    If you decide later that you don't want to use Gmail as your default email application, simply uncheck the box.

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