Would you like to access Gmail automatically every time that you click on a mailto link in Google Chrome? Now you can with a little bit of extension magic.

Getting Chrome Ready for Extensions

The first thing that you will need to do is prepare Chrome to use extensions if you have not previously done so. Locate the shortcut(s) for Chrome and right click on them. Select “Properties”.

Once you have clicked through, you will see the “Properties” window with the “Shortcut” tab displayed.

In the address area for “Target:” you will need to add the following command to the end of the target path making certain to leave a single space in between the final quote mark and the enable extensions command.

Here is an example of what the the target path should look like…


Once you have that finished, click “Apply”, then “OK”. Now you are ready to add your new extension!

Installing the Extension

Once you have gone to the link provided below, click on the link as shown to access the .crx file. Once the file has finished downloading, you will be prompted about the installation.

When the extension is ready to install, you will see the following message window. Click on “Install” to add the extension to Chrome. Now you are ready for all those new e-mails!

Whenever you click on a mailto link, Gmail will open up just like this…the entire window will be focused on letter composing only (nice!).


If you love using Gmail for all of your e-mail needs, then this extension is certain to be a perfect addition to your browser!


Download the GmailDefaultClient extension (Chrome Forums)

Note: The download link is approximately two-thirds of the way down the page.

Akemi Iwaya
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