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Getting Gmail to rise to the occasion (as the default mail program) when you click on an e-mail address is definitely possible. It’s even pretty simple if you happen to use a recent version of the Firefox Web browser.
If you do, just go to the Firefox menu, choose Preferences and click on the Applications icon in the Preferences box. In the Content Type area of the resulting list, scroll down to “mailto,” which is the browser code that tells Firefox to fire up an e-mail message when an e-mail address link is clicked. In the Action side of the box, click on the “Use Eudora” pop-up menu and select “Use Gmail” instead. Click O.K.
The “mailto” settings also let you pick Yahoo Mail or any other mail program installed on your computer. Windows Firefox users make the change by going to the Tools menu, selecting Options and clicking on the Applications icon.
Don’t use Firefox? Programs like Webmailer (belkadan.com/webmailer) for the Mac or Affixa (www.affixa.com) and gAttach (bit.ly/3GDlmH) for Windows let you designate Gmail as your default program for handling mail-related links and chores.
Although it hasn’t been updated in a few years, Google’s own Gmail Notifier (toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper) for Mac and Windows also lets you use Gmail as your default mail program.
THE GMAIL NOTIFIER PROGRAM NEVER WORKED RELIABLY FOR ME