“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.” Â saysÂ 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 theÂ magic of HTML5Â 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.
- Click the wrench iconÂ Â on the browser toolbar.
- SelectÂ OptionsÂ (PreferencesÂ in Mac and Linux;Â SettingsÂ in Chrome OS) >Â Under the Hood.
- ClickÂ Content settings.
- In the dialog that appears, find the â€œHandlersâ€ section:
- To allow requests, select â€œAllow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols.â€
- To disable requests, select â€œDo not allow any site to handle protocols.â€
Via Gmail Blog.