Open Email Links Directly In Gmail Using Chrome

“I used to avoid clicking on email links on the web because an application on my computer that I never used would pop up and interrupt me. Instead, I would copy the email address, switch to Gmail, click compose and paste it in.”  says Michael Davidson of Google introducing this new feature in Chrome & Gamil. I am sure many of us here have the same habit when it comes to email links online.

Starting today, thanks to the magic of HTML5 things are getting simpler. Now, when you go to Gmail in Chrome, you will be asked if you want Gmail to open all email links. Say yes, and clicking on email links in any application on your computer will open a fresh Gmail compose window. ”

If you click “allow” on this new prompt, Gmail will take over the task of handling your email links from webpages you visit. Next time you click on a mailto: link, Gmail will open up a compose window for you to start writing your email.

Disabling This Feature and Other “Handlers”

By default, web services are allowed to show messages about protocol links when you visit their sites. To disable or re-enable these messages in Chrome, follow the steps below.

  1. Click the wrench icon Wrench on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences in Mac and Linux; Settings in Chrome OS) > Under the Hood.
  3. Click Content settings.
  4. In the dialog that appears, find the “Handlers” section:
    • To allow requests, select “Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols.”
    • To disable requests, select “Do not allow any site to handle protocols.”

Via Gmail Blog.

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

Show 4 Comments
  • Ken 28/02/2012, 5:44 pm

    How do you disable this feature? Tried using the “Do not allow any site to handle protocols.” on Chrome but it doesn’t work :@

  • James 28/02/2012, 10:00 pm

    This looks good. I haven’t tried using it yet, but it seems to make all of those mailto: extensions and user scripts useless. It’s good to cut down on them.

    So websites are able to make themselves default handlers for protocols? Does that mean we’re likely to see FTP handlers and suchlike working in a similar way?

  • Rafa 29/02/2012, 3:34 am

    I had a problem going back to my default MAILTO option. After disabling the handle protocol on Chrome I did the following and it worked (Windows 7): Control Panel > Default Programs > Microsoft Office Outlook > Choose defaults for this program > Check “MAILTO” > Save.

  • Mary 19/03/2012, 8:54 pm

    Help, I disabled the prompt for enabling mail -to links to open in gmail. I said no to the message because I didn’t understand it. I’ve gone to chrome under the hood and the handlers sections but can’t figure out how to re enable this feature.
    Any suggestions?