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How do I use GMail as my primary e-mail client?

I tried to edit Windows XP's mailto settings by going to Folder Options > File Types > URL:MailTo Protocol and changing the command for the "open" action.

Initially, it was set to this:


This worked as expected, opening a compose window in Outlook with the specified email address.

I changed it to this:

"C:\Path\To\chrome.exe" ""

But now when I click on mailto links, nothing happens.

If I paste the same line into cmd.exe, and replace the %1 with an email address, it works as intended (opening a compose window in Gmail with the specified email address). So why doesn't it work when I click mailto links?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, surfasb, random Jan 14 '12 at 4:43

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

My guess is that the MailTo protocol doesn't work that way. – surfasb Dec 25 '11 at 9:55

I posted the commment, but I should of been more specific and less sarcastic. Note, you are passing the whole URL through %1

It passes the URL mailto:Blah blah blah to the applications.

So the command executed is: C:\Path\To\chrome.exe" "".

What you need to do is download Google's Gmail extension or get one from the Chrome store. There are literally 100 of them also.

If you know C/Delphi/C++/Any native coder, you can write a shell extension that parses the URL.

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Well, it's a URL, probably to the compose new email page (I'm not a Gmail user). Shouldn't that work to open Gmail? – Daniel Beck Dec 25 '11 at 10:50
@DanielBeck: I haven't googled it, but the correct url should be ... I know it shouldn't have the protocol in there. – surfasb Dec 25 '11 at 11:09
Now that makes sense. You're right, of course. – Daniel Beck Dec 25 '11 at 16:38

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