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Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail as Default Mailto In Any Browser

Would you like to open any email (mailto:) address to be opened in your favorite web mail service like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail (MSN) in any browser like Firefox, Chrome, IE. Of course everybody say yes to this, because no one want to copy the email id and pasting it in mail after clicking the compose mail link. Here I list some solutions to make your favorite email service as your default email client.

Note: ubuntu user please scroll to end of this page.

Interface Method in Firefox

Go to Firefox -> ‘Preference’ (find it under ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’, in windows and find under ‘Edit’ -> ‘Preference’ in Linux and Mac )

Select ‘Application Tab’ and type “mailto” in search bar shown there.

Now you can see “mailto” in the Content Type area and on the right side you can find a drop down box that consists of Gmail and Yahoo options. If there is no option like that then you have to create it by the config method given below and come back to this step.

Firefox config method

If you can’t find those follow this, type “about:config” in url of firefox, it must show some warning window, go through it and type “mailto” in the ‘Filter’ box. you can find something like “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate” & “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name” in the preference area if not, just add it by following next step.
Right click any preference and choose “New” -> “String” and add following. For each Mail service you have to add 2 strings like this.
for Gmail
1st String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name
Value: Gmail

2nd String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate
Value: https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

for Live Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.name
Value: Live Mail
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.uriTemplate
Value: http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

for Yahoo Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.name
Value: Yahoo
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.uriTemplate
Value: http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

now you can choose your mail service through the Interface method given at the start of this article.

Chrome Users

Chrome users can use one of this wonderful plug-ins listed in Chrome-Extension site, plugin1, plugin2.If none of the plugin works for you, follow this link.

Hotmail or Live in IE

Start Internet Explorer. Select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’ in the menu. (In IE 7, hold down the Alt key to access the menu ). Go to the ‘Programs’ tab. Make sure ‘Windows Live Mail’ or ‘Hotmail’ is selected for E-mail. Click ‘OK‘.
Note that, the mail page opens only in Internet explorer.

In Ubuntu

Go to System -> Preference -> Preferred Applications in ‘mail reader’ copy and paste the corresponding following code, your default browser will open your preferred mail service.
Gmail :

gnome-open https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

Yahoo :

gnome-open http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

Live or Hotmail:

gnome-open http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

Test Yourself : Here is a sample mail link to test.  mailto:testmail@testdomain.abc. If you have problem in finding your solution comment it, our readers will help you.

Ubuntu Linux Is Good

Most of the computer users in this world doesn’t know the existence of Linux OS s other than Windows. There is an alternate for Windows OS and that is not Apple’s Mac or any other which costs you hundreds of dollars. Linux. Ubuntu Linux is completely free and which is the wonderful alternate for Windows list of OS like XP, Vista, 7.

Ubuntu is free, open source, a greatly enhanced Debian based Linux distribution. It is available for free download.

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You can switch easily to Ubuntu from your current Windows OS, which may be in your laptop or desktop. Ubuntu operates well on older hardware (expensive upgrade not required). while you don’t have to buy a separate office package for Ubuntu, because it comes with built in openoffice.org office package which also comes free of cost (you have to download the source after installing ubuntu).

Ubuntu comes with thousands of standard free application resides in its repository stops you buying 3rd party software for your needs. Almost for every need there is a software in Ubuntu repository. Even though most of them is free there is also very few software were cost some dollars, but you don’t need them unless you got compelling need to buy them.

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Ubuntu also does not requires tuning, performance software, and also no need of anti-virus protection. A method of ‘swap’ memory allocation avoids loss of data at any cost and in my experience it never crashes.

Canonical releases major versions of Ubuntu every six months in April and in October of each year. Every two years, Canonical releases a Long Term Support (LTS) version. Canonical supports the LTS versions for five full years with updates, security fixes and upgrades-all free of charge.

Ubuntu has a version that’s right for all aspects of your business. There are Ubuntu versions for netbooks, desktop computers, servers and cloud computing needs. The cloud computing Ubuntu, known as Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), ties in closely with Amazon.com’s Elastic Compute Cloud platform (EC2).

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Try ubuntu today. It has an option that you can try ubuntu in your windows system before installing it. Just try it, It will be hard to switch immediately from windows to ubuntu, so have a dual boot of both OS in a same computer.