Setting Gmail as the default email client

At UCA, Gmail should be the default email client for the internet browser you use. If Gmail is set as the default email client, when you click a link that takes you a new email message (called a mailto: link), it will open Gmail instead of another email application.

Choose a section below for instructions specific to your browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome Settings button (Customize settings) in the upper-right corner of the browser, and then click Settings. The Settings page will open in a new tab.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
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  5. In the dialog box, find the Handlers section and select Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols.
  6. Click Done.
  7. Open Gmail in your Chrome browser.
  8. In your browser’s address bar, click Default handler (mail_handler).
  9. Select Allow and click Done.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the menu button and then click Options. The Options page will open in a new tab.
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  3. Click Applications in the left panel.
  4. In the search bar, enter mailto. In the Action drop-down menu, choose Use Gmail.
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Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Google Toolbar installation page and click Accept and Download.
  2. Make sure the Google Toolbar is enabled. To do this, click View in the top-left menu, hover over Toolbars, and then click Google Toolbar (if there is no checkmark next to it). When prompted, click Enable. If the toolbar asks you to agree to the Google Terms of Service, click I agree.
  3. Once you’ve installed and enabled the toolbar, click the wrench icon wrench at the top right corner of your Internet Explorer browser to open the Toolbar Options window.
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  5. On the General tab, under Web-browsing tools section, select the check box Use Gmail for ‘Mail To’ links. Click Save.
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  • Install the Gmail This extension for Safari. Find it in the list and click Install now.
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