Set the Default Mail Client to AOL, Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo
By Rick Broida, PCWorldNov 3, 2010 11:57 am PDT
If you use a Web-based e-mail client like Gmail or Yahoo, you’ve probably encountered this hassle before: you click a mailto link on a Web page, then watch while Windows tries to open Outlook, Windows Live Mail, or some other desktop program you don’t use and haven’t configured. Error messages (and possibly cursing) ensue.
There are various hoops you can jump through to configure Windows and/or your browser to direct these e-mail links to the proper destination (e.g. Gmail), but why bother? GmailDefaultMaker is a small, simple utility that does the hoop-jumping for you.
Just run the free program, then choose the default mail service you want: AOL, Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo. (I know: the program needs a name change.) Then go about your business. It really is that easy.
Now, whenever you click a mailto link, you’ll land in the proper Web client, not an unwanted desktop program.