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Set WFU Gmail as default mail client in Chrome

Modified on: Tue, Mar 15, 2022 9:02 AM


Sometimes when you click a mailto link in a web browser (on a website or in applications like Banner and Workday), it will attempt to open in the default mail client such as Outlook or Mail. Follow these steps to change your default mail client to Gmail in Chrome. Safari no longer supports the mailto function without a paid third-party extension.

1. Log in to your WFU email by visiting google.wfu.edu in Chrome. 

a. If you see an icon that looks like two overlapping diamonds in the address bar of your WFU Gmail window, continue with the next step (2.A). If not, skip to the next section (2.B)

screenshot of double diamonds in the URL bar.

2.A. Select "Allow mail.google.com to open all email links."

screenshot of selecting "allow" when asked "Allow mail.google.com to open all email links?:

2.B. Open a Chrome tab and visit chrome://settings/handlers.

3. Make sure "Sites can ask to handle protocols" is selected. 

screenshot of selecting Sites can as to handle protocols.

4. Log into your WFU email by visiting google.wfu.edu in Chrome. 

5. Select the icon that looks like 2 overlapping diamonds in the address bar of your WFU Gmail window. 

screenshot of double diamonds in the URL bar.

6. Select "Allow mail.google.com to open all email links."

screenshot of selecting "allow" when asked "Allow mail.google.com to open all email links?:

You should now be able to open Gmail when selecting a mailto link in a web browser. 


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