How do I get Thunderbird to work with Chrome?

E November 7, 2011

Can I put Thunderbird on my “Favorites Bar” in Google Chrome? How? thanks.

  1. Itanaman
    November 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Yes you can, and here is how, first you must set Thunderbird as your default email application.  This is done in the Default Programs of Windows and varies slightly with the versions. This answer refers to the process of doing this in Windows 7.

    Click the Windows Icon, or press the Windows key on your keyboard, and click Control Panel, then Click "Programs", next click "Default Programs" and then click "Set your default programs", under your programs list on left, click on "Thunderbird" and not "Thunderbird (News)", then click on "Set this program as default" on right bottom side.  Finally, click OK.Now to create your shortcut for your favorites bar:  First, Press "Ctrl-Shift-O" to go to Bookmarks Manager.  Next click on "Bookmarks bar" in left panel Then click on "Organize" which is to the right of the title "Bookmark Manager", this pull up a drop down menu.  Now Click on "Add Page...". On the right hand pane you will see a place to type your shortcut, you can type any name for the shortcut in the left hand box, such as "Thunderbird", or Compose email, in the URL box, type "mailto:" then press Enter.

    Now your shortcut is complete.  This will bring up the compose message box anytime you click it from Chrome.

    Hope this answers your question accurately.

    • Aibek
      November 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      good tip!

  2. James Bruce
    November 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

    No, you cant. Chrome is a browser, and thunderbird is application. Chrome is used to launch websites and Chrome plugins, not system applications. 

  3. Mike
    November 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Not really, you can add it to your "Favourites Bar" via drag&drop but Chrome treats all files as downloads since it's security doesn't allow execution of external applications.

    In the end Chrome will download the Shortcut or executable (depending on what you added) instead of opening Thunderbird.