This guide will show you how to setup and use a Google Chrome Extension so you can click on a mailto: link and load any web based email as the default “Email App” on your Mac. It can load Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL and many others. You can even configure your own private/work webmail to work.
When you click on a mailto: link, instead of Mail opening, your specified web based email service will launch in Chrome. Here’s how –
- The first thing you’ll need to do is let your Mac know that Chrome will be handling your mail. So launch the Mail app and then select Mail from the Menu Bar and Preferences… from the drop-down list. On the General tab click the ‘up and down’ arrows (see screenshot below) next to the Default email reader: option.
- Click Select… from the menu, choose Google Chrome from your list of Applications, and then click the Select button. Now macOS knows that you want to use Google Chrome as your email app.
- With macOS configured, now it’s time to set your default web mail service in Chrome itself. Visit the Mailto: Chrome Extension page and install it by clicking the Add to Chrome button. When prompted, click the Add extension button.
- You’ll see a new ‘envelope’ icon in the Extensions section of your toolbar.
- The mailto: extension settings window will also open up. If your webmail provider is already listed, select it. If it’s not, skip down to step #7 below.
- You’re done! Should you ever want to change your default webmail service, re-open the mailto: extension settings and click the Change button. You can also turn on another cool feature – jump down to step #9 below.
- To configure your own web based email provider, select add another service from the mailto: options. Give your webmail a name (doesn’t really matter – something descriptive is ideal) and then enter the web address (https://) of your webmail provider. Click the add button.
- Now your custom webmail will be selected in the list of Mailto: settings.
- One other interesting and helpful feature of the mailto: extension is that it can add an item to the “right-click” menu in Chrome so that when you select it, an email is automatically opened in your webmail and the URL of the page is pasted into the message. To enable this feature, place a check in the box next to Add an item to the right mouse button menu of pages to send the address of that page
- Then when you’re on a web page and you’d like to email it to someone, just right-click a blank space on the page and select Mail this page’s URL
- Your web mail will open and compose a message with the subject already set and the URL in the body of the message.
- If at any point in time you want to change one of the mailto: settings, select its icon from the Extensions section of your toolbar and then choose Options