I’m a Gmail addict. We run our company email on it. All my personal mail has been based on it for years. Lately, I got annoyed that whenever clicking a mailto: link anywhere on the Web, Apple Mail launched.
Now, Apple Mail likely is the worst email client ever written and – frankly – using Gmail with anything else than the Web based interface is just plain stupid from a productivity standpoint, so I really had to force my Mac to open mailto: links in Google Chrome.
Googling the problem returned lots of results telling me I should go to Settings > Show advanced settings… > Content settings… > Manage handlers… and set up the mailto: handler there. Unfortunately, as of my current Google Chrome version 24.0.1312.56, the settings for handling mail simply aren’t available. Whether it’s a bug or by design, I can’t tell.
Here is how you bring it back anyway:
- Launch Gmail in a new tab or make Gmail the active tab.
Notice, in the address bar, next to the bookmark icon (star), the protocol handler icon appears. Click it and set Gmail as your handler for mailto: handler. When you navigate to the handlers settings, you’ll also see the setting just came back.