Gmail to handle Mailto/Send Link…

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Google, Tips & Tweaks

New with the Firefox 3.0.2 release, Gmail has been bundled as a web mail provider. Gmail can automatically handle (in lieu of Thunderbird or Outlook) Send Link… (via file or context menu) and ‘Mailto’ links with a few short steps:

  1. Open the Options window (or Preferences on Linux and Mac),
  2. Click the Applications tab
  3. Type ‘mailto’ in the Search Field
  4. In the Action column Select Use Gmail.
  5. Click OK (no restart needed)

Thanks for the tip Claus.

Source: Mozilla Links

  1. […] dazu, einige Bugfixes – und Googlemail kann jetzt standardmäßig für mailto-Links verwendet werden (einfach unter Extras – Einstellungen – Anwendungen – mailto einstellen). Das Update sollte […]

  2. Ellie says:

    About time! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. arthur says:

    Once again, Firefox saves the day. Thanks Mozilla Devs!

  4. ken says:

    I can get the mailto: to work on my Mac but still cannot find the key for Send Link…what am I missing?

  5. WILLOBIE says:

    My Firefox option screen is set to Thunderbird which is my choice, but I still get sent to the Welcome to Gmail page.

    I can’t shut off Gmail as my mailto link. I’ve canceled my Gmail account, other Google accounts and verified the defaults for Windows, Thunderbird, and Firefox. They all point to Thunderbird, but when I click a “mailto” it takes me to the “Welcome to Gmail” page.

    I suspect I’m going to have to perform surgery on my registry to solve this. Any ideas?

  6. Eric says:

    GREAT! THANKS!!! Exactly what I was looking for. I used to have the gtoolbar installed just for this, but since the system restore I was missing it, but hate wasting the screen real-estate. Perfect!

  7. […] Jag hittade diverse add-ons till Firefox innan jag upptäckte att man i senare revisioner av Firefox faktiskt kan välja GMail som mailto-hanterare. […]

  8. Did this break in FF 3.5? It isn’t working for me. Might be something just on my system, but anyone else having the Send Link ignored?

  9. Flo says:

    Great, exactly what I was missing :)

    using 3.5.2

  10. Antonio Bonsorte says:

    I have done what you suggested:

    # Open the Options window (or Preferences on Linux and Mac),
    # Click the Applications tab
    # Type ‘mailto’ in the Search Field
    # In the Action column Select Use Gmail.
    # Click OK (no restart needed) (THERE IS NO OK BUTTON ON A MAC)

    Google sent this message
    Account Lockdown: Unusual Activity Detected
    I am in a big production in Peru and need my account URGENTLY.

    PLEASE HELP !!!!

  11. Jai says:

    Thanks! just what I was looking for.

  12. Sheila K. says:

    Another, THANK-YOU and the WWW .

  13. Jon R. says:

    Can’t thank you adequately. I’ve spent many hours in the past trying to get Firefox to handle email sending correctly, usually just giving up. Your tip enabled me to get Gmail to accept “Send link…” within seconds of reading it. You truly did me a good deed, thanks!

  14. […] If you’re using Google Chrome as your browser, there is a simple extension that is free to download and requires one click to set Gmail as your default email. If you’re using Firefox, there is a simple settings change you can use, instructions are found here. […]

  15. arturo says:

    just what i am looking for, thanks!

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