How to Make Gmail your Default Mail Client – Process Street

How to Make Gmail your Default Mail Client

Gmail Default Mail Client

We just released a new feature in Process Street that allows you to create email templates and send them straight from within the app.

This is great if you are using a mail client such as Outlook, Mail, Thunderbird or a Mobile Device. It works smoothly.

But some people (like myself) prefer to use Gmail as their default mail client and don’t want to install a bulky desktop app.

Not to fear because with just a few simple steps you can configure Gmail to be your default mail client and have Process Street emails open Gmail compose, pre-populated with the template right in your browser!

Set Gmail as default email client in Chrome

Browse to Gmail, and find the double diamond shaped icon in the search bar at the top of your browser and click it.

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If you are still having problems after you do that, try the below steps:

  1. Click the Chrome Menu icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences in Mac and Linux; Settings in Chrome OS) > Under the Hood.
  3. Click Content settings.
  4. In the dialog that appears, find the “Handlers” section:
  5. Select “Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols.”
  6. Click Manage handlers and Delete Gmail from Ignored protocol handlers
  7. Logout and Login to Gmail and click the small gray icon in the omnibox
  8. Select Allow Gmail to open email links

Set Gmail as default email client in Safari

If you use Safari as your browser, then there’s an extension you can install to ensure that your outgoing webmail goes through Gmail. Just follow this simple step:

Install the Gmail This extension for Safari. Find it in the list and click “Install now”.

Set Gmail as default email client in Firefox

If you use Firefox as your browser, then you can adjust a setting in your Firefox preferences to enable Gmail as your email provider of choice. Try this:

  1. In the “Tools” menu in Firefox, click the “Options” link.
  2. Click the “Applications” tab.
  3. In the search bar enter “mailto”. Change the Action for this to “Use Gmail”.

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15 Comments

If that little icon existed on the address bar that would be nice, but it is not there, so your instructions are not going to work.

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Hi Stephen, once you activate it the icon will disappear for that particular gmail account.

Have you already activated gmail as the default mail client?

I just tested this today on my Macbook Pro using Google Chrome and it worked for me.

What system are you using?

I have my own domain through gmail and he Firefox. Followed instructions for mailto above and it didn’t work. So annoying, what next

Hey Pam,

It shouldn’t be an issue with your own domain, because I’ve managed to set this up even though I have an @process.st email. We’ve since updated this article’s Firefox section — still having issues?

Hey David!

I’ve added a series of steps for people having a problems:

If you are still having problems after you do that, try the below steps:

1. Click the Chrome Menu icon on the browser toolbar.
2. Select Options (Preferences in Mac and Linux; Settings in Chrome OS) > Under the Hood.
3. Click Content settings.
4. In the dialog that appears, find the “Handlers” section:
5. Select “Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols.”
6. Click Manage handlers and Delete Gmail from Ignored protocol handlers
7. Logout and Login to Gmail and click the small gray icon in the omnibox
8. Select Allow Gmail to open email links

Does that help?

If you don’t see the double-diamond icon: In Chrome, go to SETTINGS —–> Show Advanced Settings —–> Privacy —–> Content Settings… —–> Handlers —–> Manage Handlers… find “mailto” under “Type” and choose “mail.google.com” If it’s already chosen, that’s why your double-diamond icon isn’t there.

What if there are no Active Protocol Handlers in the pop up window? How do I add the type and site?

Hey Peter,

Do these steps work for you:

6. Click Manage handlers and Delete Gmail from Ignored protocol handlers
7. Logout and Login to Gmail and click the small gray icon in the omnibox
8. Select Allow Gmail to open email links

when I do this the page I’m on changes to the compose page, but I want to keep the old page open. Any way to make this open a new window in gmail?


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