Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make mailto: links open in gmail in Google Chrome browser

Make mailto: links open in gmail or your google apps account in chrome (or take any other browser)!
As more and more people use web based email instead of desktop based, this is quiet useful information. Read the source to get it run on win xp and in linux as well!

windows 7
  • open your registry editor (Type at your start menue);
  • navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command;
  • edit the (Default) command from whatever it is (right click and select modify) to:

for gmail users

"c:\path-to\chrome.exe" https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1

This should all be on one line with a space between the quotation mark after the path info and the https.

for google apps users

"c:\path-to\chrome.exe" https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com?extsrc=mailto&url=%1