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How can I setup Gmail or Hotmail as default mail handler, for example, in HTML, we use the following, which should open Gmail or Hotmail.

<a href="">Click here to mail us</a>

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This is all based on protocol, by default mailto: is assigned to Outlook (Desktop Mail Client). – Akshat Mittal Oct 22 '12 at 8:36
Please specify your OS also! – Akshat Mittal Oct 22 '12 at 8:40
Oh, im sorry. I'm on Windows 7 Professional. Is it possible to change the default mail client? If i configure Gmail for example? – Newbie Oct 22 '12 at 8:43

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It not points to anything mailto: links calls default mail application on user machine, just as http: calls default browser. Here's how to set mailto: protocol handler to Gmail.

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ahh i see. Thank you for the link. Amazing! – Newbie Oct 22 '12 at 8:54

mailto: can be set to be handled by Web Mail services like Gmail and Hotmail with this little Program.

Note: The name say Gmail but this program is capable of setting these:

  1. Gmail
  2. Google Apps
  3. Yahoo
  4. Hotmail
  5. AOL
  6. QQ Mail
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Thank you for the help! – Newbie Oct 22 '12 at 8:56

If you are the user who clicks on the links, you can use Google Notifier or have Chrome default to opening mailto links in Gmail.

If you are a web developer, I strongly recommend using the mailto: protocol for compatibility, but if you were to target gmail users directly, you can do something like

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Really good references. Thank you! – Newbie Oct 22 '12 at 8:57

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