Changing Default Email in Windows 7 Registry

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by jas282, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. jas282

    jas282 MDL Novice

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    ok, here is what I have:

    Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
    Office 2010
    regedit 6.1

    I'm trying to change my default email client to GMAIL and followed the following procedure:

    modified:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\mailto\shell\open\command\

    to value:

    “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” h t t p s://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1”

    ***NOTE THERE ARE NO SPACES in the https part in the registry, this is to skirt the forum posting rules***

    one thing I noticed is that the C:\Users\jason smith\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome folder doesn't even contain an "Application" folder... do i need to point it to the program folder? help!

    thanks in advance...

    jason
     
  2. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    #2 anarchist9027, Sep 13, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012
    The easiest way you can change your default mail client is through the Default Programs control panel. You cannot choose chrome as an email client because it is registered with Windows as a Web Browser. You can enable Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird as your default mail program (I just used those two as examples because they were at the top of my head).
     
  3. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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