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Set GMail as Default for Email Links in Webpages

Often you want to click on an email address link in a webpage to send an email. By default it will open your local email client (ie. Thunderbird). While Thunderbird will send the message it will not save a sent mail copy in GMail. It is possible to set Firefox to use GMail as the default email client, so all messages go through GMail and get a copy saved.

  1. Open 'Firefox' and navigate to your GMail account (http://gmail.umn.edu)
  2. Login to GMail
  3. Copy and paste the code below into the Firefox address bar and hit enter

  4. javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","https://mail.google.com/a/umn.edu/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s","GMail")

  5. Click the 'Add Application' button the appears in the top right.

Now all email links should open in GMail.

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