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Windows 7: GMail as Default

25 Apr 2011   #1
Exotic

windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 
GMail as Default

Good morning
I have never set GMail up as my default mail, and would like to know how to
do this. Everytime I click a link, my default is MSN. Need to change.
My browser is Google Chrome, and in Windows 7. Thanks Go-Team


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25 Apr 2011   #2
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

default mail refers to the default program. Since GMail is not a program, you would have to use an email client to access your GMail account (instead of, or in addition to, using the web interface).
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25 Apr 2011   #3
Exotic

windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 

TY Carolyn, now I understand
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25 Apr 2011   #4
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You're welcome
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25 Apr 2011   #5
Imperfect1

 
 

Windows no longer allows us to choose default email clients that are not Microsoft based. However, if one of the things that will help you is to have direct, easy access to GMail, what you can do (as a kind of work-around) is to add GMail to your Home link, so that you have easy access directly to the screen you want to access. To do this, just follow these directions:

First, customize the Command Bar:
Open IE, click on View, Toolbars, and check the Command toolbar. Then, put your cursor on the Command toolbar, right-click, and then at the bottom of the list, select Customize. Click on: "Add or Remove Commands.' From the list of commands, add the 'Home' icon.

Then, go to the specific GMail page that you wish to add to your Home Page settings.
From that page, open IE, and in the Command Bar go to the Home icon and click the little down-arrow 6 to the right of the Home icon.
Select 'Add or Change Home Page.'
A menu will open that says: Would you like to use the following as your home page?
If you wish to add this webpage to a list of “Home pages” then click: Add this webpage to your Homepage tabs.
If you wish this webpage to be your only Home page, then click: Use this webpage as your only homepage.

Once done, any time you click on the Home icon, a drop down menu will open and you can click on the GMail link and go directly to that page. I have 6 links in my Home menu --- it's kind of like a mini QuickAccess toolbar. Very handy, and you can change it easily any time you wish.
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25 Apr 2011   #6
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Windows no longer allows us to choose default email clients that are not Microsoft based.
Thunderbird is the default email client on my computers. MS applications don't recognize that (Office, IE, etc), but Explorer does as does Firefox and other non-Microsoft products.
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25 Apr 2011   #7
Exotic

windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Excellent information from both of you. TY, I've learned quite a bit this morning about my email and how it works,
as well as how to work around things I love this forum!!! Yeah!!!
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25 Apr 2011   #8
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carolyn View Post
Quote:
Windows no longer allows us to choose default email clients that are not Microsoft based.
Thunderbird is the default email client on my computers. MS applications don't recognize that (Office, IE, etc), but Explorer does as does Firefox and other non-Microsoft products.
Thanks for the clarification Carolyn. I thought Windows didn't provide non-MS options for default email clients --- good to know it's only Office/IE, not Windows generally.
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25 Apr 2011   #9
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

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