I have always found it a pain having to copy and paste email links into Gmail instead of just clicking on them. I know there are a few programs you can install out there that will do this for you, but who wants another program bogging down your system when there is a way to just edit a windows registry key that fixes all of this.
I am going to show you how to open an automatically composed email just by changing one registry setting. You will have to decide on what browser you want the composed mail to open in. I chose to do this with Google Chrome, but you can do this with any browser. Also, I am currently running Windows 7. This may need some tweaking with another OS.
First Step: Open your regedit (to do this type regedit in your search, then select regedit)
Then Select the arrow next to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to expand it.
*Then Select the arrow next to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to expand it.
Second Step: Scroll down to mailto>shell>open>then select command.
Scroll down to mailto>shell>open>then select command.
Last step: is to click on (default and select modify) then paste the below text. For this to work you will have to make sure that your browser is saved here. By default Google Chrome should be save here. *Remember to add your computer username you are logged in under, where I have the text your login name here.
If you want to use another browser find out where that .exe file is saved to and replace “C:Usersyour login name hereAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” with that file location.
C:Usersyour login name hereAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe -app=https://mail.google.com/?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
For Google Apps:
C:Usersyour login name hereAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe -app=https://mail.google .com/ (INSERT APPS DOMAIN)/?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
*remember I used Google Chrome for the mail to link to open up in.
**For this to work you will have to be logged into your Gmail or Google Apps account in Google Chrome (or the browser you set this up in.
If you have any questions just post a comment and I will respond with help.