When you click a “mailto:” email link in your web browser, your default email software will launch. For some who have transitioned from Outlook or Thunderbird, you will have your former email client launch undesirably.
You can have an email composed from your Gmail program as the default email program by using a tool called Gmail Notifier. Click here to download this tool for your Windows or Mac OS.
In Windows, the Notifier icon will be in your system tray in the bottom right. Right-click it and select Options. Then check the box next to ‘Use Gmail for internet mailto: links’ and click ‘OK.’
For a Mac, in Gmail Notifier Preferences, go to ‘Settings,’ and select Gmail from the ‘Default Email Program:’ drop-down menu.
Note you will also have notifications when you receive new emails into your Gmail account as well.