Set Gmail as your Default Email in Firefox 3

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 in Geek Girl

Geek GirlHave you upgraded to Firefox 3 yet?

Yes? Great!

No? Whatcha waiting for?


I admit, I tried a few of the betas and a release candidate of Firefox 3, and I was left feeling like, “This is it?” I wasn’t anxious or even looking forward to the download, but when the final release candidate was released, I felt like maybe, just maybe, I could download it on Tuesday, June 17, and feel okay with whatever came my way.

Needless to say, I was blown away by the performance, new features and overall cool look of the new Firefox! My favorite feature so far is the ability to set web clients as my default email. Despite a relationship with Google, Gmail was not included in the original webmail options, so you have to manually add it.

Here are some instructions on how to set Gmail as your default email in Firefox 3. To be on the safe side, backup your profile before doing anything, just in case it doesn’t work!

  • Go to Gmail and sign in.
  • While in Gmail, copy and paste the following into your browser’s address bar and hit enter.


  • Google Apps users can use this code (but be sure to replace with your Google Apps domain name):


  • Click “Add Application” when you are prompted.
  • To set Gmail as your default, click on this link and you will be prompted with a dialog box listing available email applications. By selecting Gmail and checking “Remember my choice for mailto links” you won’t have to tell your browser again. (You don’t actually need to send an email after you click that link.)

For more information or additional assistance, visit The Official Gmail Blog

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  1. This is great, now it more easier to check our Gmail account. Thanks for tips on make it as default email for Firefox.

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  2. kader ahmed yacin

    I hope this will enable me search,look my email efficiently

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