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Windows 7: Using Gmail as default email account


27 Jan 2011   #1

Main: WIN7 Pro, 64 bit; Notebook Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Using Gmail as default email account

When I attempt to respond via email to some sites, they say "send an email" and then offer a link, and that link opens Windows Live email.

I do not use Windows Live and wish to have my gmail account opened to allow me to send emails. What I wind up doing is time consuming:

I do allow Windows live to open and the copy the email address of the recipient and copy and paste to my gmail "compose".


Is there a setting I can adjust to make this so, that the default link automatically goes to gmail?

I use Chrome as my browser also, and rarely use IE 9, or 10 or whatever version IE is nowadays.

Please be very specific in your response.

Thanks in advance,
Robert


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27 Jan 2011   #2

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

If you use Chrome, then you can try this extension for Chrome.

Edit: I need to explain how this works on my machine.

I use Win 7 Pro. Control Panel>Programs>Default Programs. My default mail program is the Windows Live Mail 2011 email client.

So, when I use IE8, and I click on an email to: link, it opens into my Windows Live email client, which is configured to my Gmail account. Since I use the email client frequently, this is ok with me.

But I also use Chrome - quite a lot actually. So, I installed the above-linked extension, which opens directly into my Gmail account (of course, in the process, and in the first instance, I have to go through the gmail login page).

Eventually, the email client and the Gmail account sync up as and when I use the former in online mode.

This is how it seems to work for me.
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27 Jan 2011   #3

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

In Firefox, this can be done by Tools> Options> Applications tab> select mailto> select Gmail from drop-down menu.
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27 Jan 2011   #4

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
In Firefox, this can be done by Tools> Options> Applications tab> select mailto> select Gmail from drop-down menu.
Yeah...you know, I can't seem to find that function in Chrome (latest stable build). I must be overlooking it somewhere. It must be there.

In IE8 the system is similar to FF. Tools>Internet Options>Programs> then either Manage Add-ons or Default Programs. The latter helps if you have a stand-alone email client. In the Manage Add-ons, there is an add-on you can download from the relevant MS add-on site and set "Gmail" as a kind of a default email option. I say sort-of because I think the only way it works is if you right-click and use the "Send by Gmail" option.
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27 Jan 2011   #5

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kristalsoldier View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
In Firefox, this can be done by Tools> Options> Applications tab> select mailto> select Gmail from drop-down menu.
Yeah...you know, I can't seem to find that function in Chrome (latest stable build). I must be overlooking it somewhere. It must be there.
theres an extension for it
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27 Jan 2011   #6

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kristalsoldier View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
In Firefox, this can be done by Tools> Options> Applications tab> select mailto> select Gmail from drop-down menu.
Yeah...you know, I can't seem to find that function in Chrome (latest stable build). I must be overlooking it somewhere. It must be there.
theres an extension for it
Yeah...that's what I mentioned in the second post!!!!
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27 Jan 2011   #7

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kristalsoldier View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
In Firefox, this can be done by Tools> Options> Applications tab> select mailto> select Gmail from drop-down menu.
Yeah...you know, I can't seem to find that function in Chrome (latest stable build). I must be overlooking it somewhere. It must be there.

In IE8 the system is similar to FF. Tools>Internet Options>Programs> then either Manage Add-ons or Default Programs. The latter helps if you have a stand-alone email client. In the Manage Add-ons, there is an add-on you can download from the relevant MS add-on site and set "Gmail" as a kind of a default email option. I say sort-of because I think the only way it works is if you right-click and use the "Send by Gmail" option.

Doesn't the above mentioned extension work for you?
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27 Jan 2011   #8

Main: WIN7 Pro, 64 bit; Notebook Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks to you all. Am using Chrome 8.0.552 and the above mentioned extension seems to work. Appreciate all the help and comments.
Robert
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27 Jan 2011   #9

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Your welcome. Glad we could help.
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28 Jan 2011   #10

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kristalsoldier View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kristalsoldier View Post

Yeah...you know, I can't seem to find that function in Chrome (latest stable build). I must be overlooking it somewhere. It must be there.
theres an extension for it
Yeah...that's what I mentioned in the second post!!!!
oops sorry didn't mean to steal your thunder
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