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it happens quite often, that I click a link over a persons name, just to see that it launches the default mail client of my system. I thought it would be a normal link, but it was a "mailto:"-link.

I would like Chrome to start gmail, not my default email client.

For Firefox, I had only to paste this in the URL-Bar:


Unfortunately, it doesn't work in Chrome 9.

I have found this tutorial for Ubuntu, but I would like a solution in Chome. If it is only in Chrome, I can sync the settings. (So How do I make mailto: links open gmail in Ubuntu? doesn't fit) could be related to my problem, but there is no answer.


$ gnome-default-applications-properties

set Email-Client to

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

See this link:

Making Gmail your default mail application

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Thanks, I just had to install this extension from Google: Send from Gmail. The icon (which I don't need) can be hidden with a right click on it. – Martin Thoma Feb 14 '11 at 16:36

Another option is Mailto:Gmail. I've been using it for a few weeks now without any problems.

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Just installed this plug-in on Chrome and works flawlessly. The Gmail notifier in the other post is pretty old from the looks of it. – Valien Apr 2 '11 at 19:23

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