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Making GMail your Default Windows Email Client

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For all GMail lovers, to make GMail your Windows default email client, here’s what u have to do

  • Open Start Menu > Run (or press Win+R)
  • Type “regedit” (without the double quotes!)
  • Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail”
  • Right-click on “Mail” and add new Key. Call it “GMail”
  • Construct the following hierarchy by right-clicking and adding keys. Then give the corresponding values on the right by double-clicking the “default” item and changing its value, or right-clicking anywhere and adding a new item with the type described between brackets ..

  • GmailDefault = Gmail
    • DefaultIcon Default = “c:\\Program Files\\Google\\Google Talk\\googletalk.exe”,5
    • ProtocolsDefault = URL:MailTo Protocol | EditFlags (REG_BINARY) = 02 00 00 00 | URL Protocol (REG_SZ) = <leave empty>
    • shell
      • openDefault = Gmail
        • command

In “DefaultIcon”, you can change the path to any other icon you’d like, just don’t forget to write the path with two backslashes. Also, you can also bookmark this link to directly compose a new mail in your web browser.


Written by AlaaShaker

April 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. Alaa,

    I have created an installable program that will do this for you, as well as update teh os withthe number of unread emails, and actually sets gmail as the “Default” email program, an will automatically log you into your account.

    it can be found at:

    Thanks and I hope someone finds this useful.


    February 6, 2008 at 6:13 am

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