Set mailto to use Gmail in Chrome
Who doesn’t use webmail these days? I use Gmail, and I’m sure most everyone else does too. I also use Google Chrome, yet for some reason all those ‘mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org’ links don’t shoot you over to Google’s Gmail, they try and open your desktop email client! Anyways, I remembered changing this in Firefox a while back, and just now decided it was time to change it in Chrome. I found several articles online telling me to download and install GMail Notifier, which constantly runs and notifies you on your desktop of any new emails. I didn’t want to download and install anything, much less something that’s going to constantly run.
NOTE: The following requires you to edit your registry
- Open your registry editor: In Vista, goto the Start Menu and type ‘regedit’. (XP users type ‘regedit’ in Run)
- Goto HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command
- There should be a ‘(Default)’ variable of type ‘REG_EXPAND_SZ’. Right-click on it and select ‘Modify…’
- Copy and paste the following string into the value:
WARNING: Replace ‘Nate’ in the string with your user name
There you have it, now when you click on an email address while browsing a new Chrome window should open to GMail’s Compose window.