As part of my preparation for leaving Carey I’m moving to Gmail. On the whole I find the web interface nearly as good as (if quite different from) Thunderbird especially given the limitations imposed by the choice of living in the cloud. However, I am not yet a convinced cloud dweller,1 so I wanted the “offline” feature. That meant installing and using Chrome (I use Google for my diary too). That’s OK, Chrome is hardly bloatware :) BUT while in FF mailto links open Gmail in Chrome they persistently ask me why I have not installed and set up Outlook Express !?* :(
I’ve searched the rabbit warren of user comments that serve Google instead of an organised help feature, to no avail. Apart from a couple of third party2 plugins there seems to be no way to remove this weird “feature”.
I thought Chrome was supposed to be nearly as tweakable as FF or even (God forbid) IE3 but no, as a matter of simple basic functionality Chrome is a locked down Microserf shop. Weird!
PS Here’s a hack a friend just found (9th Feb 2012):
Open Gmail in Chrome. Press Ctrl-Shift J.
Paste this into the code window:
navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto", "https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s", "Gmail");
Chrome will ask if you want to use Gmail, say yes. Problem solved.
Now why could Google not tell me that?
- Being often out of Internet contact – I have a 3G phone but don’t use the data services because of cost, and because 90% of the time I am not within cell phone coverage. [↩]
- And lacking any seeming “official” acceptance. [↩]
- Which at least back in the Dark Ages when I last used it, let me set up other email clients. [↩]