The main reason I installed Gmail Notifier was so I could use Gmail to send messages when I click on a "mailto" link in my browser. I've installed the software and made sure the options are set correctly, but this feature simply doesn't work.

I still get the same ol' Outlook "New Mail Message" window when I click a "mailto" link.

Any suggestions on how to get this to work? I'm using Windows XP SP3, and my default browser is Firefox 3.5.5 (I do have IE8 installed).

Note: this is not a duplicate of FireFox Gmail Notifier Plugin? because my problem is only with the "mailto" feature.

3 Answers 3


Google Toolbar provides the mailto: redirection. Try that first!

More info here.

  • +1 thank you! You've solved several of my problems with this answer. I was using Googlebar Lite and a separate AutoFill extension, because, when I first switched from IE to FF a few versions ago, there was no FF version of Googlebar. Anyway, this is great.
    – devuxer
    Commented Dec 3, 2009 at 1:17

To do that in Firefox, you don't need to use addons or plugins. Just go to Firefox Tools -> Options and in the Applications tab, select "Use GoogleMail" as your default mailto action.

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  • Besides that this program might not be the answer the OP asked for, it does what he wants and is definitely not spam, perhaps just poorly worded.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 7:16

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