How to Make Gmail Your Default Program in Firefox

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Using Firefox?

Firefox Start Page.

Do you wish Gmail would come up when you click an email address on a web site? If you're using Mozilla Firefox, you can set your preferences to do just that. Here's how to make Gmail your default email program in Firefox. 

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Open Gmail in Mozilla Firefox

Hit "Enter". Heinz Tschabitscher
  • Open Gmail in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Type 'javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","","Gmail")' (not including the outermost quotation marks) in the address bar.
    • If you do not require a secure HTTPS connection to Gmail, you can use 'javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","","Gmail")' instead.
  • Hit Enter.
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Select "Tools | Options..."

Make sure
Make sure "Use Gmail" is selected under "mailto". Heinz Tschabitscher
  • Select Tools | Options... or Firefox | Preferences... (Mac) from the menu in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Go to the Applications tab.
  • Make sure Use Gmail is selected under mailto.
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Click "Add Application" under "Add Gmail ( as an application..."

Click "Add Application". Heinz Tschabitscher
  • Click Add Application under Add Gmail ( as an application for mailto links?.