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How do I change my default mail from MS Mail to GMail?

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For example, when in Craigslist, if I click "Reply To", it opens Windows Mail.
Can I change it so it opens gmail ?
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by:Steven Kirkland
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If you want your web based gmail to be your default mailto: handler, you'll want to download gmail notifier;
http://www.google.com/search?q=gmail+notifier
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Hello tomlander,

Besides Gmail Notifier, you can download and install Google Toolbaror Google Talk, all of which have an option to make Gmail the default mail handler.

Also, there is a registry hack to make Gmail the default handler.
http://borisyim.googlepages.com/gmail-notifier-registry-xp.reg

Hope this helps!
war1
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by:tomlander
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war1, I had already downloaded Gmail Notifier;  that does work to let me know when I have new email, but does not start up Gmail when I try to compose a new email from my PC (I still get Windows Mail).
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by:tomlander
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sorry, that last post should have been adress to sckirklan:
I had already downloaded Gmail Notifier;  that does work to let me know when I have new email, but does not start up Gmail when I try to compose a new email from my PC (I still get Windows Mail).
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tomlander,

If Notifier does not work, try Google Toolbar and set the option there.

If no joy, edit the registry as I posted above. Back up your registry first.
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by:tomlander
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war1, I ran that reg file, but it still opens Windows Mail when I try to start a new mail message from my PC...
Do you know where on the PC that setting is (to look for Windows Mail)  ?

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Go to Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Programs. Make sure Windows Mail is NOT selected as the email program.

In Windows Mail, make sure it is not set to check if it is the default mail handler.
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war1,
In IE/Tools/Internet Options/Programs/Set Programs, "Associate a file type or protocol with a program", .eml is correctly set to "Gmail Notifier", however the MAILTO protocol is set to "Windows Mail".  When I clcik "Change Program",  the ONLY option is Windows Mail !  There is no way to add Gmail Notifier.

The same is true of "Set your default programs":  Windows Mail is set as the default for MAILTO and Email link;  Gmail is set as the default for .eml.  However Gmail Notifier is not in the list of "Programs".

Any ideas?
Thanks,
Tom
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P.S., in Windows Explorer's "Send To" right-click option, do you know how I add "Mail" ?
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If Gmail Notifier is not working, try Google Toolbar, which has option to make Gmail the default mail handler.
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tomlander, did you use Google Toolbar to make Gmail the default mail handler?
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pack.google.com now allows you to use gmail via Chrome if you are still unable to make gmail notifier and google toolbar work for you.
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