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How set GMail as default mail client on Windows XP? I would prefer a solution that allow me to use Google Chrome to launch GMail.

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You can use GmailByDefault XP, it works on Windows XP and all versions of web browsers among others Google Chrome.

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You can also use the Google Gmail notifier:

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This is a simple approach – Nam G VU Apr 14 '11 at 7:34

Try affixa, it does exactly what you need.

Many applications have the built-in capability to send emails. For example, you can send a document from Microsoft Word, a PDF from Adobe Acrobat, or photos from Windows Explorer. The problem is that these don’t work with web-based email.

Affixa allows you to easily attach files to new messages in Gmail, Google Apps, Zimbra, Office 365, Outlook Web App and Yahoo! Mail.

Oh, and it handles “mailto”s too, so when you click on an email address, you can choose which mail account to use.

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The best I've found (and I've looked at a lot of these) is Scott's Gmail Alert.

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