Setting Up Firefox to Use Google Apps for mailto: Links

We use Google Apps extensively here at JROX.COM, and I was a bit annoyed that the default mailto: links in Firefox only had the regular GMail option to use for clicking on the mailto: links.
Luckily, I found a pretty cool config setting to register Google Apps as the default email client to use when clicking on those mailto: links.

  1. You need to first type in about:config in your Firefox address bar
  2. In the filter field, copy and paste the following:
    {code}gecko.handlerService.allowRegisterFromDifferentHost{/code}
  3. You must then double click that option to set it to true
  4. In the address bar, copy and paste the following:
    {code}javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler(“mailto”,”https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s”,”Google Apps”) {/code}
  5. Replace “yourdomain.com” with your own Google Apps hosted domain and hit enter
  6. Select the Add Application option when Firefox asks you to.
  7. Now, in Firefox, click on Tools > Options > Applications and search for the mailto option.
  8. Select Google Apps for Gmail.

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